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SOX arrived a year ago, clearly unsure about the new change and a life without his person by his side. We were bracing for an early goodbye and instead, one year later, it was time to rightfully say goodbye.

On 4/19/21 at age 14, Sox peacefully left in the arms of our Senior Caretaker who he learned to love and trust. They had a newly found bond as he quickly stepped in to being her partner, keeping the other rescues in line. Sox went from despondent to downright in charge when order was needed. And, this big boy, likely a BC-Collie, could delivery a canine correction! So, he learned the rules at Glen Highland and gave his heart and soul to doing his new job. Sox found new meaning to his life and was truly happy.

Today’s goodbye was a salute to a job well done; a heart shared and a soul that had more to give before returning home. Sox is forever remembered for his sweetness as well as his determination. Once his body failed him and he could no longer strongly move himself where he wanted to go, we all knew it was time to go, in dignity. Farewell SOX…we’ll see you on the other side as stunning as ever.

 

Sox's story:

A 14 year old Sanctuary RESIDENT, SOX is a magnificent guy with a sensitive, heartfelt presence, embracing the change to rescue on his arrival in May of 2020. The only person he ever knew is gone and the world is now very different.

Sox is extremely sweet, very good natured and had been clearly bonded to his person whose husband died in his 70s and Sox became her only family. She was devoted to him and he, to her. As we were told, she fell outside a few years ago and he stayed with her, licking her face, barking and barking until finally a neighbor noticed. She was unable to ever go outside again and neither did he, adjusting to a new inside world by her side 24/7. He slept by her bed every night until she had a massive stroke. We were contacted on a Saturday with the threat of euthanasia looming ahead on a Monday. Fortunately kind dog lovers got involved and he was safely in our care the very next day. Stunned and nervous, Sox appeared very vulnerable and needed vet care.

We can feel that Sox is open to all that he is experiencing, but this is a HUGE change. This was plenty to ask of him so he is in the Sanctuary as a Resident. Our Caretaker is carefully letting him lead, watching his energy and emotional reactions to everything.

Several months in, Sox is doing really wonderful! He loves to be outside in nature, laying down in the shade, sniffing the air and the grass. While Sox is not as mobile as his other senior BC friends due to severe arthritis, he still supervises the action of the dogs around him, a job that he takes quite seriously!