In Memory of
our beloved GSPs
Another heartbreaking post… our 2019 alumnus Bo passed away last September. We received this moving tribute to him from his mom Julie…
“As soon as I laid eyes on my Bo on the SEGSP Rescue site, it was like his very soul came off the screen and into my heart. I actually started crying, it was so powerful – and I said to my husband, come look at this boy! He teared up too. It wasn’t that he had a sad story – it was that he was meant to be ours and we were meant to be his. He was 7.
We met his foster parents halfway as he was a Florida boy and he was so shy and unsure. He had a leg issue and so we thought when our other dog, Jabu a Rhodesian Ridgeback went upstairs to our bedroom to sleep, those first days, Bo preferred the pillow we got him in the living room. He would not follow us up the stairs no matter how much we encouraged him. Then about 4 days later, Jabu, my husband and I were upstairs and all of a sudden there was Bo! From then on, he slept with us.
It's hard to explain the connection I had with Bo. We only had him for 4 years and it seemed like lifetimes. Our ritual was to sit on the couch and just cuddle – every morning he waited for me to sit down so he could join me. We were bonded on a level that is very hard to describe. My husband Paul felt the same way and he took Bo to the dog park every day where Bo would go up to each person there and say hi. He made his rounds. Or he would just sit and look at the trees so peaceful and contemplative.
He brought so much light and love into our life, was the most gentle Soul and of all the GSPs we’ve had. He and Jabu got along and when we lost Jabu to old age, Bo filled our hearts with such love and joy. About 6 months later we adopted Peppers from SEGSP Rescue who adored Bo. Bo by then was not so interested and was getting less and less active, but he tolerated his little brother and they loved to hunt squirrels together at the dog park and in our backyard.
On September 3rd last year Bo had a stroke on the way to the dog park –we were still home and I had hours with him before the vet came. I held him so close as he took his last breath and I laid on the floor hugging him.
These pictures tell the story of our shared bond, so incredibly deep and real. It makes me think how could anyone not believe in a Creator, when we are given these angels in our life who give so much unconditional love. Four years. This sweet boy will never be forgotten. I love you Bobo.”
“He might only be here for a part of your life, but for him you are his whole life.” Unknown