Shawn recently joined our PoochieLife community, sharing her story about her peculiar, lovable dog Heysea. He makes her a better person by showing her unconditional love and forgiveness.
“Heysea knows when I’m upset with him; he’ll go back in his crate and sit there somberly. Sometimes I blame him when it isn’t his fault, but even then he will retreat to his crate and act sorry about what he hasn’t done. When he comes back out, he treats me like I’m the best thing since sliced bread. Even when I’m gone for long periods of time, or don’t pay much attention to him during the day, he’ll always pay attention to me when I call him. He never holds grudges and never withholds his affections. I try to practice what I have learned from his unconditional love and complete willingness to forgive; life is sweeter when you let go of disappointments.”
Shawn also shared with us Heysea’s adoption story and how he’s impacted their lives since:
“After we lost our cat who had been with us forever, we decided we ought to get a dog. I had dog fur allergies, so we had to find a pooch that had hair and not fur. Eventually my daughter found a Border Terrier Basset Hound mix in Georgia. We were drawn to him by his peculiar build and face—he had the wiry terrier hair, but the long, bigger body of a Basset (terriers are supposed to be 16-18 pounds; Heysea is 40). Overall he gives you the impression that he’s a weird, giant border terrier.
Over the nine years we’ve spent with Heysea, we have come to love many of his quirks. Because of the hound in him (we guess) Heysea’s nose is always engaged, used mostly to chase the creatures of the world: he’s a total hunter. When he gets into his hunter mode, his ears shut off and he has to smell every single thing. My husband faithfully walks Heysea for at least a couple miles every day. The most peculiar thing about Heysea is the horrible allergy he developed to gluten. What’s strange about that? My daughter has the same allergy, and now both of them eat gluten free. We joke he has sympathy celiac disease.”
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