You were only 3 months old when we met. Those floppy Beagle ears and big brown eyes stole my heart. I was lucky to have you in my life for 15 years. There were adventures with our Lab friends, Bella and Bugsy, who were waiting for you on the other side of The Rainbow Bridge”. I am sure they are trying to get you into the meadow creeks for another swim. Buddy, the cat who eventually welcomed you into our home, was waiting for you too. He wants to remind you how he came to your rescue from that big Rottweiler, and to rub against you like always.
While still little, you were almost breakfast for a hungry fox, but Grandma J and your Beagle howl saved you. Remember the turtle you found in the yard? Each time you tried to sniff that feisty turtle, it hissed and snapped at you and got a Kizzy howl in return. The more we laughed at this scene, the louder you howled. Grandma J wasn’t happy with you when you chewed a hole in the upholstery of her new sofa, but she did forgive you, especially after the time you sat down beside her and put your head in her lap to be her comfort after a long frustrating day. She still gets teary thinking of that moment. You were a very good traveler when we took you all the way to NC. You didn’t care for the ocean, but the beach held lots of new smells for that Beagle nose. You enjoyed running along the shore, nose to the sand and tail in the air. You loved romping in the snow during wintertime and rolling in the grass in summer. You always made us laugh with your Beagle crawl and your passion for French fries. When your Beagle stubboness started to show, we could always change your mind my mentioning “treat”. You had some rough times with serious medical problems, but we got you through those, and you stayed with us several more years. Sadly, age finally took it’s toll and we had to say good-bye.
We had good walks together. Your nose led us along each path we took. You were there to welcome me home every evening with wagging tail and Kizzy howls, and to wake me in the mornings even when I didn’t want to get up. You were my best friend. You will always be a part of our hearts and always remembered. We miss you. Red Heart.