We adopted Roxie in September of 1999. She had been hit by a car and mauled by some dogs from a junkyard before she arrived at BARC. When we first met her, she shuffled around very slowly and half her face was paralyzed. We thought we were doing her a favor by adopting her in her condition, but she soon recovered and went on to lead a long and healthy life.
In the twelve years Roxie spent with us, we got engaged, got married, moved from a loft in Williamsburg to the suburbs of New Jersey and had three children. Roxie was an integral member of the family and she filled our home with love. She was a quiet dog who rarely barked and she was strong physically but very tender. With other dogs, she was aggressive but with people she was gentle. We loved to pet her and play with her. She was adorable and was a source of comfort, happiness and joy throughout our time together.
Roxie was one in a million and we are grateful to BARC for allowing us to adopt her. Last week, she collapsed and had seizures for a day. We got her to the hospital but it was too late—her brain was irreparably damaged. She was fourteen-years-old when she died. We’d noticed for some time that she was slowing down but we were unprepared when her life ended so swiftly.
There is a Roxie-shaped-hole in our family now, but we take comfort in the fact that she shared the most special times in our lives with us, and we will never forget her. We are privileged to have had Roxie.
Mona and John Opubor