Love and Second Chances With a Rescue Dog

How a Small Dog Took Us From Heartbreak to Healing.

Leon Macfayden
Publishous

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Loving young woman hugs dog in cartoon format.
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Dogs have given me some of the most profound moments of joy and sorrow. Only a month ago, I said a heartbreaking farewell to Wags, my companion of 16 years. In the last few years, he had done little except eat and sleep. The end came when he could no longer walk, and the vet suspected cancer.

My mum took our beloved pet to be euthanized.

As I live close to my mum, I got to see and interact with Wags most days. When we first took him home as a puppy, he was with another dog called Scally. They were instant best friends.

I have many wonderful memories of my beloved Wags. I remember when we took him into our garden for the first time, he looked confused as he’d never seen grass before.

Wags and Scally would play and rough house a lot. He used to like nibbling on my socks and I’d try to outrun him — unsuccessfully.

I’d be sitting at my computer, and I’d feel a kick in the chair behind me. Wags would be on his back, expecting belly tickles. I’d joke that he was a naughty boy, but he didn’t have a bad bone in his body. He was pure love.

The search for new hope.

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Leon Macfayden
Publishous

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