One day when I went to a shelter, I saw an older dog who was barking in the cage. The staff member had said she was 9-years-old and she had been sent back twice due to landlord issues. I took her outside and found out her name was Roxy.
I didn’t feel the connection. I sat down and I said to her, “I don’t know about you Roxy, but I am not feeling anything.” She looked at me and gave me kisses, and that is when I knew I had to take her home. I took her home on Valentine’s Day, one of the best gifts to myself. Roxy was amazing and she showed me so much love and I returned the same. She was wonderful around my children, people and other animals.
A year later, I noticed Roxy was losing weight. She started to sleep more. I noticed she was having accidents more often. I took her to the vet and discovered she had cancer in the bladder. My world shattered that day, and I knew she was too old to have surgery because there was a good chance she may die on the table. I decided not to put her through it. I felt it was her time and that I would be with her every step of the way.
The day came and it was the worse day of my life. It was the first time I saw Roxy so weak and nervous. I laid down next to her and I told her it was okay. She calmed down right away, when it was time to let her sleep. I lost it right there and I told her I was so sorry. Roxy looked up at me and gave me a kiss, then she went to sleep.
I went back to my car crying with her collar, I was looking at the pictures that I had took before she passed on. I found one picture that was breathtaking. (Which is posted to this story.) My heart still hurts even after 5 years, I miss her!
Story submitted by Stephi from Nashua, New Hampshire. Roxy’s story was originally shared on The Animal Rescue Site. Share your very own rescue story here!
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