“Dog’s lives are too short, their only fault, really.” (AS Turnbull)
And this is so true about our recent intake, Ozzie (TN), who came to us at 13 years old and unfortunately, only got to spend a week with us in rescue.
Ozzie was the beloved companion of his owner, but when she unexpectedly passed away and had no immediate family, her extended family made the loving decision to allow SEGSP to help care for her two loves, her GSPs, Ozzie and Ivy.
Ozzie spent a week with our long-time volunteers, Dr. Amy and Michael Shirley as the resident mascot of their vet practice, Family Pet Health in Murfreesboro. All of the staff members instantly fell in love with Ozzie, and we are told he got lots of extra attention and cuddles. He even went home for a night with one of the vet techs. She said that Ozzie was the sweetest baby ever, followed her everywhere, loved cuddling under blankets and was just a love bug.
Unfortunately, after some extensive tests, it was determined that Ozzie was very, very sick and his quality of life was suffering. Not all decisions we have to make are fun, but we knew that to honor Ozzie’s former owner, that we could not let Ozzie suffer and we had to let him go.
We take great comfort that Dr. Amy, Michael and the entire staff team were there with Ozzie when he said goodbye. He felt nothing but love and comfort to the end.
Short as it was, Ozzie made quite the impression on the TN team as well as the vet staff during his time with our rescue. And as our hearts hurt, we take some comfort in believing that as he crossed that rainbow bridge, his mom was there waiting for him.