Misty first came through HSS in 2001. Oftentimes sweet and loving, but alsom poorly socialized and fearful, Misty's issues required an all-adult home without other dogs. She was adopted by a family who believed in her and she became the constant companion of their wheelchair-bound son, sleeping in his room and staying by his side during the day. Sadly, the young man passed away only months later, and Misty and the young man's mom and dad found comfort in each other. Only a year later, dad also died, and it was just Misty and her mom. In 2008, when mom needed to take care of her own mother, battling cancer in another city, Misty was returned to the program, now 13 years old.
It seemed so unfair for this 13 year old girl to be losing yet a second home, knowing how much love she had known and was now losing. Not only that, she still needed to be an only dog in an all-adult household, and, at 13 years old, probably for the long term. Because none of our foster homes fit that bill, one of our foster moms recruited her sister for the assignment, and it was perfect. She had a quiet home, with no other dogs. Because of Marianne, Misty ended up in a place where she was once again loved and cared for as she should have been, and she was a feisty and spunky ol' gal until the end. She knew she was loved; when she would come back from the occasional clinic visit, she would start barking happily when she entered the neighborhood she knew was home.
Misty passed in her sleep at 16 years old. While we have no doubt Misty is reunited with her beloved boy whom she took care of, and his dad, at the Bridge, we are equally certain that she waits to see Marianne, too, who was her safety net and who gave her such unequivocal love and care in the sunset years of her life.