A true miracle dog

"So, I don't know how to say this because it sounds crazy but Scout is alive! Hospice pronounced him dead on Saturday and took him. Sunday they called us and said he wasn't gone. He had a freaky reaction to a new cancer medication that slowed his heart rate down to the point that made him seem dead. Again, I know this sounds crazy. There are only a few reported cases apparently. I am flabbergasted."

When his owner cancelled his appointment and then contacted me a couple days later to reschedule, I knew we had a very special pup in our presence.

That was back in May. I reached out to his Mom this morning to see how he has been doing and sadly, he passed away on September 6th. What a miraculous gift of time they were given.

Here is Meg and Scout's story...

“When I was younger, I had a dog named Crash and he was my world. We did everything together, but when we had to from Washington state to New York, I was told we couldn't take him and I was devastated. I had lost my best friend.

Fast forward 12 years and I was about to get married. My now husband and I had a wonderful pup that I had gotten him for his birthday, but we wanted a friend for her. She was my husband's dog 100%.

We went to go look at a litter of puppies that would be ready to go home after our wedding because I didn't want a puppy with all the wedding stress. Well, as we were looking at the puppies, Scout's litter was in a pen across the garage. He used his siblings to climb out of the pen, marched across the garage, flopped in my lap and fell asleep.

I was done. HE had chosen ME. We took him home that night and he has been by my side every since.

My husband is in the military and when he would be away on long trips, Scout was my constant companion. He never left my side. He knew I was sad and would cuddle next to me any chance he got. He loves to cuddle to begin with but this was different. He slept glued to my side every night. I swear he could sense what I needed and he tried to be that for me.”

M.H. & Scout

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So far, thanks to your stories and this project, we have donated $1000 to Horizon Health Services Therapy Dog Program.

Read more about how they are going to use these funds towards Tophers Trail here: https://tinyurl.com/25kvfre5

I still have many more of your stories/portraits to share. And while applications for new sessions are temporarily closed until I am able to catch up, when they do reopen, I will continue to give back to local organizations including rescues, shelters and other animal driven establishments that rely on us as a community to help keep them going!