A Tale of Loss and Love

By on 10 March, 2015 in Pets with 3 Comments

On February 13, Cloverdale neighbor and Midtown resident Warren Simons posted on Nextdoor.com:

“This morning we found this very sweet dog (photo #1) wandering through the busy Fairview Ave./Cloverdale Rd. intersection. She had no collar, but did have an electrical cord fashioned as a leash on her. She was cold and shaking. She had a small cut on a hind leg. And she was adorably friendly. I am alerting the neighborhood to see if someone lost her. Or, if someone might want to give her a loving home. We can’t keep her. Our three cats voted that down.” Later he posted that she had been taken to our local vet, Montgomery Veterinary Associates (MVA).

My husband Jim had always wanted a beagle, so I copied the message and forwarded it to him with the question, “Want a beagle?” “Why not!” he quickly replied.

That night I did not sleep well. I worried that our almost 15 year old O.D. (for Office Dog) (photo #2), already not well, would be badly stressed by the addition of a strange animal to our household. So the next morning we discussed the beagle at length and decided to pass. Surely, we thought, someone would adopt and love her.

On February 16 I read that the beagle had tested positive for heartworms, an expensive treatment. At the urging of another animal-loving Midtowner, Warren set up a Go Fund Me account and $925 was quickly raised for her care.

I was out of town February 18 and in a meeting when Jim texted me that O.D. was at the vet, gravely ill, hemorrhaging internally, and needed to be allowed to cross the Rainbow Bridge. By the time I got out into the hall and called, our precious O.D. was gone.

Within minutes I had emailed Warren to inquire as to the beagle’s status. She was still at the vet, he reported. “We want to adopt her,” I messaged. He explained that anyone taking the beagle (now being called B.B. for beautiful beagle) would have to be approved both by the person who had signed responsibility for her care and the staff at MVA.

Luck was with us. MVA is our vet. O.D. and B.B. had probably been one room apart when O.D. left this world. And the staff has known us and our love of animals for many, many decades. What’s more, the woman financially responsible for her care was a friend of mine!

In short order, we were approved as adoptive parents and B.B. officially joined our family on February 20. She is still B.B., but that now stands for Beloved Beagle. Jim and I are convinced that God sent her to us. She will never take O.D.’s place in our heart, and she is quickly claiming a spot of her own.

She is “into everything,” as the photos show. And she comes to work with us every day. As I write, she is curled up in her bed under my desk (photo). So stop by and see that our sad story has had an extremely happy ending!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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  1. Katrina says:

    I love my beagles. I don’t know if I could ever get another breed.

  2. Linda Shogren says:

    I am so pleased that Sandra and Jim were able to adopt B.B. – and what a sad story – losing their other beautiful dog – God is Good! HE knows when and how to help us – and this is evidence of such a wonderful intervention by Him. Thank you Sandra and Jim for taking in this beautiful little dog – Linda Shogren

  3. Linda, sorry to be tardy in acknowledging your kind comments. You MUST stop by and meet B.B. She adores people!

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