Surrey was about to give birth and on the kill list at the pound in Tipton Co, TN when I saw her photo in an email. With the help of area rescuers and several blog readers, we were able to welcome her home in SC in December 2011. She has been a very easy keeper and nearly without fault – just a few high speed tours of the neighborhood on the rare occasion she was able to manage an escape – but that’s not really a fault with beagles so much as a feature.
She has not been feeling well recently, then rallied for a few days, but then took a downward turn. My vet worked her in as an emergency yesterday and determined her trachea and esophagus were being pushed to the side, likely by tumors. This was why she was struggling to breathe and having difficulty swallowing. Her blood work revealed more bad news and after some discussion, we accepted it was time to say goodbye to dear Surrey.
Surrey was the dog who greeted me at the door every day after work with her baying that she reserved for that occasion only. Her love love love of food food! FOOD! made us kindred spirits. She never felt entirely comfortable with physical affection though Billy made it his mission to bring her as far as he could, which she clearly enjoyed. Although she never wanted to sleep on the bed with us, she did like to get into the recliner next to the bed. I will miss seeing her sweet face there in the mornings. And I will miss her silly quirks, such as going to the hinged side of the door, scratching, waiting for it to open. She even did that in the exam room at the vet’s office last night, despite her poor state.
I wish we could have had more time with her but there are no regrets. We were lucky to have had her these several years and I will always be grateful to everyone who helped make that happen.