Shared by: S. Weber, Lake Havasu City, US
I first met Tango at the humane society when I went to get the license for my other dog that I had got from another animal shelter. I decided to do a “walk-through” at the shelter, which is never a good thing for me. I always end up crying.
I distinctly remember Tango sitting quietly at his gate while every other dog barked. He just sat there and had such a soulful look. I was shocked because he looked so much like Bella, my pup that I just got. She had very distinct merle markings, as did Tango.
I knew my husband wouldn’t let me get another dog, but I took a picture and sent it to him anyway. I figured as sweet as Tango was, he would have a home soon.
I followed Tango on the PetFinder to see if he got adopted and fortunately he did. A few days after Tango was adopted, the new owners had to go away for the weekend, so instead of finding someone to take care of him, they locked him in a laundry room and left him for three days. He tried to eat his way out and ate a hole through the drywall.
They decided that Tango was not the dog for them, so they brought him back to the humane society and he was labeled “destructive.” Fortunately for me, it gave me time to talk my husband into getting another dog. Because of the “destructive” label, most of Tango’s adoption fee was covered, and he had already been neutered. I did a meet-and-greet with Bella, and they did fabulously. I still believe they were littermates.
Tango came home with us and worked his way into our heart. He had terrible separation anxiety when we brought him home. I worked at home, so he was able to take his time and adjust. He had a bed in every room in the house and spent most of the day in the shop when I would work.
It is hard to explain with words how much he meant to our entire family. He was my dog, but was so much a part of our family. He wasn’t overly affectionate, more of a quiet presence. I remember one time after I had surgery and was trying to get up out of bed, he got in the bed with me and gently helped me up. He was so much more than just a dog.
Last October he quit eating. I knew he was “off,” but figured he would get over it. I made an appointment with our vet, thinking I would be canceling it. I got him to eat, but he still didn’t seem to feel well. I took him in, and right away they figured something was wrong.
His gums were white and his blood count was down. He ended up having hemolytic anemia. We had the choice of putting him through hell with multiple meds or letting him go. We ended up making the decision to euthanize him on November 13, 2017. It was hard for all of us. Bella kept going outside and would lay in “Tango’s” chair.
A few days after we lost Tango, a friend posted a dog on Facebook that had gentle eyes, that reminded me of Tango. Her daughter had found him on the campus where she goes to college. One of the professors had paid to get the dog vetted and they were looking for a permanent home for him.
The dog was in Mississippi and I am in Arizona. I jokingly said, "Bring him to Arizona and I will take him." I showed the picture to my daughter Hailey, and she said, “We have to get him! There is something special about him.” I knew my husband would say no, so I didn’t think much about it. But, Hailey kept bugging me, and I finally gave in and set up a transport to get him to us.
Ollie was so thin and scared of everything. He reminded me a lot of Tango in many ways, but more affectionate. He has separation anxiety that is getting better, but still needs to know where I am at all times.
When we got Ollie, they had sent his paperwork from the vet. Since he was a stray, they guessed his age. The date they put for his date of birth is November 13, 2016.
I believe Tango sent him to us to help us fill the void.
He has already captured our hearts. Sometimes I think Bella would be happy to send him back to where he came from, but she is starting to warm up a little.
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