You might remember Pennzie, a remarkable 17 yr. old dog that Chain of Hope rescued back in the terrible heat of this past summer. She was chained under a deck and was covered in motor oil! She had no water, no food, and no shelter. She had just laid there in the dirt, suffering in the heat. And then the best day of her life happened when Chain of Hope came along and got her out of her hell. We rescued Pennzie in July of 2013 and I blogged her story back then (https://chainofhope.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/pennzie/). As I said in that blog, “we don’t know how long we’ll have our sweet Pennzie…”
Pennzie passed away last Friday morning.
Pennzie came into Chain of Hope in pretty rough shape. She had mange, bloody ears from the flies eating on them, goopy eyes, she was very thin-this poor girl had suffered greatly.
She lived in my office with her best friend, Abby. Abby has 3 legs and a lot of emotional scars, so she’s our special girl that stays in my office with me. Pennzie and Abby became fast friends and would sleep on the same bed together, go for walks together and go out in the yard together.
Pennzie was so joyful! She always had a smile on her face, she was always happy and always excited to see everyone! Pennzie had had such a horrible life and yet almost immediately she was so joyful. That is the word I will always think of when I think of Pennzie-joyful! She was also resilient and a survivor. She totally put her awful past behind her and lived each day with love and happiness. A lesson many people can learn from Pennzie, to be sure.
It was an honor, a privilege, and a joy to have Pennzie with us. She had the best 6 months of her life at Chain of Hope. She got fat and her oily fur grew into a luscious, thick, curly coat of hair. She was gorgeous!
I was with Pennzie until the very end, hugging her tightly-not wanting to let her go, but telling her it was okay. I loved her so much, as did many people that helped care for her. You couldn’t help it-she was a very special dog. Abby will be ok. I took her over to see Pennzie so that she would know what had happened and that Pennzie was dead. It was very sad, but we are here for Abby and she is doing ok. We will be putting another friend back in the office with her soon. We are sad and grieving, but Pennzie taught us so much about facing life with joy and excitement. She always made us smile because she was always smiling. That Pennzie smile, I’m going to miss that beautiful Pennzie smile.