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It's Happy Tails Friday. And what a special story we have for you today, from Snoopy's mom, Laura. Snoopy’s story began when I saw his picture on a Rescue plea on the Rescue Me Tampa Facebook page and I couldn’t look away from those pleading, pitiful eyes. Upon gaining my husband’s agreement that this 17 year-old boy needed our special brand of TLC, we secured a rescue (4 Lucky Dogs) to help us pull him from the shelter.
Snoopy arrived at our home with a variety of issues ranging from missing hair from about mid-back to his tail with the skin a dry, scaly, crusty mess; stiff gait and paws deformed from arthritis; oral masses, as well as a pretty bad ear infection and a heart murmur. Despite his multitude of health concerns, it became pretty obvious within a few weeks that Snoopy was not a hospice case. Once we knew he was in it for the long run, we decided that we were too, and made the decision to formally adopt him into our family.
Weeks turned into months, months turned into years, and throughout every moment of it, Snoopy lived each as if it were the best one yet. We made a bucket list for him and accomplished more than half – trips to the beach, pictures with Santa, playing in snow, etc. Each adventure was made that much more fun by watching the look in his eyes and knowing how very much he appreciated the experience as well as just being with us.
Everywhere he went, everyone he interacted with couldn’t help by be drawn to and touched deeply by him and his remarkable youthful spirit. He loved life and exuded that love from every pore of his body. After being with us for 2 years and 10 days, this boy left a mark on our hearts, souls as well as a permanent pawprint (tattoo). We feel honored and beyond blessed to have been chosen to be a chapter in this extraordinary animal’s story. He will never be forgotten by anyone who ever crossed paths with him and I hope this story provides someone inspiration to open their hearts to an older animal – they are truly priceless treasures.