October 5, 2018: Daisy

My Timehop for today features Daisy, a beagle that was in our lives for two yesrs. We adopted her in Clifton Animal Shelter. Sadly, she passed away last year due to kidney failure. Daisy loved laying next to me so I can pet her all the time. She was so adorable. Like Suzy, my family’s beloved pet who also passed away, Daisy will always hold a special place in my heart.

September 15, 2018: Animals Surviving

Hurricane Florance is leaving its destructive mark throughout North and South Carolina. Entire neighborhoods are flooded, and many residents were forced to leave their pets behind, due to shelters unable to house their fur babies. New Jersey animal shelters are doing their part to board animals in dire need due to Hurricane Florance. St. Huberts of North Branch and Madison, NJ are housing animals from South Carolina so they can continue to have a chance at life. The hard workers at these animal shelters do whatever is necessary in order for these animals to live safely.

On television, scenes of wild animals charging through flood waters in search of safety is heartbreaking. Our four-legged are the most vulnerable during hazardous circumstances, and we can only pray that these creatures can make it through these storms safely.




June 21, 2018: Lasting Memories

As I was compiling photos from my phone for a classroom display, I came across some pictures of Daisy. She was a beagle, and she was the family dog at Andy’s home for two years. We adopted her from Clifton, and she was such a bright spot for the family. Sadly, Daisy passed on a few months ago from kidney failure. It was so difficult to say goodbye to her, and I still think about her often.

Andy and I would love to have another pet one day, but not everyone in the family needs to be ready for that step. One time, after leaving a pet grief group session, we visited the animal shelter shortly afterward. I wasn’t ready to adopt again at that point, I was only there to accompany Andy. As we walked by the kennels, I noticed one at the end of the room. The volunteer showing us around didn’t talk about the dog inside, but I glanced in anyway. A tall, chocolate brown Labrador female was looking right back at me. She wasn’t barking loudly like the other dogs near her, or pacing anxiously. I glanced at her tag, and saw that she was 3 years old, and was one of the animals rescued from Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria severely damaged the island. Andy and I left shortly afterward, but that Labrador lingered on my mind. I mentioned her to Andy later in the week, and we tried to look her up online, but since I didn’t remember her name we didn’t get very far.

I don’t regret not getting her information, since it wasn’t the right time to adopt. I still think about her though, and hope that she’s doing well, and that she now has a forever home. Animals are a true gift in everyone’s life. Daisy was such a gift to us, and we always think of her energetic, loving nature.