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Friends, now and forever

Posted by laurie on April 19, 2011

I’ve mentioned Cathy and Judy several times but I’m not sure if I’ve included their photos, so here they are! They were our “witnesses” at the VRC (Vow Renewal Ceremony). Cathy and Judy were of course the moms of Skipper.

And here is Skipper, along with Spenser, from exactly two years ago today.

Huey Dandelion Kneeland has no doubt met up with them at the Bridge. I’ve known Sue, Huey’s mom, for many years. She very generously and skillfully handled reader questions to Beagles on the Web (before I gave the site to Caron). Sue, your whole family is in my thoughts. May Huey rest in peace.

36 Responses to “Friends, now and forever”

  1. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    Huey looks so much like my Henry! All my sympathy to Sue and her family. Huey is happy and running with The Pack across the Rainbow Bridge!

    Laurie and Philip – Congratulations on your Vow Renewal Ceremony!

  2. SUE, Barney & Jodi's Mom said

    You are so sweet to remember Huey, Sue and her family. Of course my sympathy is extended as well. Our babies are just not here long enough with us. Just love the pics from your VRC you two look so happy! Welcome home.

  3. Bobbie (Casey & Dexter's mom) said

    Huey was a very cute little boy, we are so sorry for your loss, Sue. Dogs’ lives are to short. Their only fault really. (Agnes Sligh Turnbull) Laurie you look beautiful you and Philip make a great looking couple.

  4. Kelly said

    Today’s DD packed a serious emotional punch today! I shed a few happy tears and a few sad tears and a few bittersweet tears. Congratulations and condolences to you all.

  5. Nancy J said

    Our sympathies go out to Huey’s family. My thoughts right now are on that happy, frolicking pack of beagles and honorary beagles on the other side of the Bridge. Their families have all been brought together by the DD. I know my 4 pups are up there having a blast and every now and then, they check up on me. Bless them all.

  6. ChristyACB said

    Huey looks so very much like my Boscoe….who is now in emergency care and who I hope everyone will think of too.

    Last night Boscoe appeared to pinch a nerve. A quick visit to the vet and she recommended electro-accupuncture to keep swelling down but from last night to this morning he went from just one paw affected with knuckling to tetra-paretic status. He has no limb strength and can’t stand.

    Emergency ortho vet says 99% sure a ruptured neck disk. The clock is ticking with those. He is having his myelogram right now and from there, if they can isolate which disk, he goes straight into surgery.

    He’s not a young guy and this was so very sudden. Please keep him in your thoughts today if you can. I’m pretty broken up to see him like this and unable to fix him.


    • Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

      I’m sending big time positive vibes your way for Boscoe. You’ll be in my thoughts today.

    • SUE, Barney & Jodi's Mom said

      Oh Christy, My heart and prayers go out to you and your little Boscoe. Let us know how he is doing.

    • Lynne said

      I am thinking and praying for Boscoe. I hope everything turs out ok.

    • Sue Kneeland said

      The Kneeland Family thanks Laurie for posting Huey’s photo and are keeping Boscoe in our prayers.

    • Patty in San Jose said

      My prayers and best wishes go out to Boscoe. My beagle had a very similar thing when she was about 8 years old and had to have the surgery. It was very scary but the surgery went very well and she never had another issue with her neck again. Sending positive thoughts your way…

      P.S. Happy anniversary Laurie & Phillip!

    • Karen S. said

      Boscoe will be in my prayers and thoughts.

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Sending special prayers and positive energies to Boscoe and his family!

    • Nancy J said

      Christy, my thoughts are with you. It is frustrating–you feel helpless. My Dexter went through a similar situation last month. We took him to the vet because he was hunched up and wouldn’t raise his head. He could walk when we took him in. By the time they took blood, did xrays, examined him all over, he no longer could stand on his own. His feet would buckle over and he could not move. He was pretty much paralyzed by the time we got him home. He was treated with steroids, we immobilzed his neck with a towel and duct tape (he was diagnosed with a herniate disc in his neck), and, of course, complete rest and no activity–crated. He hated the situation; it took him a while to understand that he had to do his chores on pee pads in the crate. We were very lucky. After about 2 days of no movement, he was able to get into the sphinx position. We also had him treated with acupuncture and chiropractic. After 1 week, he could stand; after 2 weeks, he could walk with help.

      He now motivates happily all over the place just fine. He is still wobbly, but it is a miracle to us that he is walking. We have been told that it can very well happen again. We think that this has been deteriorating over a long time, since Dex had his hind legs go stiff on him last year. I hope your Boscoe comes through ok. We will be praying for him.

    • Martha M said

      Prayers from Richmond for you and Boscoe! Bless him! Thoughts and prayers to the Kneeland family as well.

    • Kramer and Gandolf's mom said

      My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

  7. ChristyACB said

    All….I thank you so much for your good thoughts. I had a chance to read them to Boscoe before the vet came. I’m sorry to say that Boscoe has joined Huey and all our other beloveds in the fields of dandelions and rabbits. Just 25 hours from the first twinge to his passing.

    He went to the specialist and they went under to do the myelogram but despite many different views it came out inconclusive. His only suggestion was to go to North Carolina for a neurologist/neurosurgeon and get an MRI to try to find it. When asked directly what was going on, he said that Boscoe is presenting like a ruptured disk, but several vertebrae had “funky” spacing and strange shapes. While he wanted to think it was a rupture, he thought it might be more serious. A second radiologist confirmed inconclusive but that the same vertebrae and spaces had something going on that an MRI would need to try to clear up. The words bone cancer came up.

    I asked my vet, an integrative vet who loves Boscoe and has treated him through all the things that he needed to overcome being an abused elder when he came to me, to look. She said that if I chose this route, it would be a long and painful one. That no surgery was going to “fix” this. He appeared to crunch up multiple vertebrae and she said also that it was a lot like what you see in bone cancer where the bones weaken and then the slightest thing just sends it all crashing down. She understood that I wanted him with me but she wanted me to think of what Boscoe would be happy with. Boscoe would not be happy as a quadrapalegic.

    I brought Boscoe home. We had a good 2 hours up in our bed with the wetlands birds he loves so making noise and the sea breeze blowing in. He heard the ducks and ate 2 cheeseburgers. He also got the forbidden and greatest desire of his tummy…a cup of cold hot chocolate. And a Reese’s egg…and some peanut butter…well, you get the idea. He’s a beagle.

    The pain medications made it so that he could raise his head and wag his tail with gusto, but he was quickly transitioning from tetraparetic to tetrapalegic. He could still move his back legs a little and I think that made him feel like things were okay. I held back from crying because that always upsets him (sad movies make him paw me and want to stalker stare at me) and I never let him go. It was a perfectly peaceful passing and I’m shattered. Boscoe was my best friend. Yes, I do have Gigi, but he was my…only my…boy. Who will stalker stare at me every moment now? Who will do his “uh huh” gruntings when I talk to him? Who will paw me to make sure I read with one hand on the kindle and one on him before bed? And who will wake me with freight train snoring every night?

    I miss him so much already…so very very much. I just went up to start clean up and smelled his collar. That particular scent of sweaty hound that on him was not bad and only just his behind his ears. I now understand so much better how the others here have felt and my sympathy for what you have gone though is truly felt now. Deeply felt.

    Give your beagle a kiss and a hug. It can change so quickly so never wait.

    If you want to see him you can click the Beagles tab on the left of my blog. I tried to end posts with something for the beagle lovers. My favorite is At least, it’s one of them. You can see a good many shots of the sexy man on there.


    • Susan in DE said

      Oh Christy, I’m so sorry to hear that Boscoe is gone. :-< But based on the condition he was in and your trusted vet's prognosis, that was the best choice. You gave him an incredibly happy life, and then the happiest 2 hours of his life with all the forbidden food and extra loving. I looked at the photos in your blog, and he's such a cutie (aren't they all?). He looks a lot like a small Josie, but seems to have that goofy lovey boy-dog personality like Jordan (and the freight train snoring!).

      We all feel for you, and send our love. Now I'm off to hug my beagles as you suggest — we thought we were going to lose Jordan last year when he was so debilitated by the idiopathic vestibular syndrome, and we got another chance. Definitely don't take it for granted!

    • Kramer and Gandolf's mom said

      Oh Christy!! I am so so very sorry to read this. We love our Beagles and they love us so much. I know your pain, and am very sorry. Please know you di so right by him. You are right, that things can change so quickly. I thought I was going to lose Kramer to cancer, not once, but twice. I have kissed him so many times, and will do so as soon as I sign off here. I am just so sorry. We all certainly do feel for you, and there’s nothing we can do or say to take away that pain. Take care, and focus on all of the good memories, and that he is no longer in pain. :*(

    • Sue Kneeland said

      Christy – I know how you feel. Huey has almost a week at the Bridge and I am sure he is showing Boscoe the ropes. He sounds just like he was Huey’s twin – the snoring, the eating, the vocalization, etc. My heart is breaking for you as I write this but do take comfort in knowing that he is no longer in any pain. Take care, Sue and Family.

    • Nancy J said

      I am so, so sorry. What a lovely, loving send-off you gave him. It is true you did the right thing. You did what a good pet parent should do at a time as that. It doesn’t make the hurt go away, though, or any easier to bear. But, he will be with you, always. He will be watching over you.

    • Carol said

      Christy, So terribly sorry. Just finished looking at the pictures of Boscoe,I love the one of him smiling. You can tell he was loved and happy. This summer we will make your recipe for pupcicles, and we will think of Boscoe and Gigi.

    • Lynne said

      Oh Christie,
      I am so sorry to hear that Boscoe is gone. It is so painful to lost our beloved beagles. I am sure our two that have gone to the bridge were there to greet him along all the other DD followers beagles and honary beagles. My sincere sympathy. I am sure he loved being with you as much as you loved having him. May it comfort you to know that he is now running free from pain at the bridge. He will be there yo greet you. What a loving tribute you gave him. :*(

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Christy – I am more sorry than words can express over your loss of precious Boscoe. As others have said, you made his last hours with you so very happy. Your description of those tender moments reduced me to tears, and I hugged Cody and Henry that much harder last night. Boscoe was truly a blessed beagle to have a person like you and the life you gave him.

    • Roy, Kim, Rusty, Maggie and Otis said

      Our hearts are with you. He joins many great ones that we all love over that bridge.

  8. Angela said

    Christy and Sue, so sorry for your loss of Boscoe and Huey. I’m sure they’re having a blast now over the Rainbow Bridge, with all the other hounds! I’m at work now frantically wiping away tears so my co-workers won’t see me crying, but I so, so feel your heartbreak. I can’t imagine a life without my beagle boy, Truman, but I know he won’t be here forever, so I have to treasure each and every day. The last two hours you had with Boscoe sound peaceful and lovely: I’m sure he was feeling all your love. To both of you ladies, I send peace, prayers, and blessings!

  9. Vivian said

    Christy, you could not have given Boscoe of more sincere, loving, moving tribute. You blanketed him with unending love and devotion and in turn he gave you vivid memories to last for all eternity! Boscoe did indeed leave this world feeling love, and knowing someone cared. That’s the best possible gift you could have given him. He’s in peace now, whole again, without pain and free to run again with all of our loving beagles. He will be there for you when you see him again. I truly believe we will all meet them again and it will be wonderful and we will feel complete. My deepest sympathy. I know the pain you feel all too well.


  10. Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

    Oh Christy, I am so sorry. What a sweet dog, and a lucky one to have lived with you.

  11. Patty in San Jose said

    Dear Christy – I couldn’t help but cry when I read your post but what a great thing you did for Boscoe. The important thing is that he is not in pain anymore and is with all the rest of our beloved hounds running through fields with joy. It is a hard path for us left behind but know you are not alone in how you feel and I am thinking of you in this most difficult time.

  12. Darlene Main said

    So sorry to both families on the loss of their beloved beagles. You are in our thoughts. I will go home and give extra kisses to my 2 beagles…

  13. SUE, Barney & Jodi's Mom said

    I don’t have any words right now. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I echo what everyone else has said.

  14. Peggy said

    Christy, I am so deeply sorry about Boscoe. You gave him a wonderful life, and a preview of the Bridge by giving him all those forbidden treats. I know there will be a special place in Heaven for people who rescue and adopt abused animals.

    Lady Beagle, who left us 6 years ago, can show Boscoe and Huey how to snag all the treats. In her day, she was a champion food thief, who once managed to cram two slices of birthday cake into her mouth.

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