Adopted into the same family, senior rescue pups Reese and Morgan were inseparable from the moment they laid eyes on each other. Eating, sleeping and snuggling together around the clock, it appeared these two elderly dogs were finally getting their much deserved ‘happy ever after’.
But Reese was left devastated when just a short time later, Morgan became seriously ill and died from kidney disease, leaving her best friend completely bereft. Reese’s mom, Amy Thatcher, tried everything to heal her fur friend's heart, but no matter what she did, Reese remained unresponsive.
“I made her special doggie cupcakes and slept on a mattress on my living room floor for a while so she could sleep with me,” Amy Thatcher, Reese’s mom, told The Dodo. “I even picked up some foster puppies for a few days because Reese loves puppies. Nothing seemed to help.”
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It wasn’t long before Reese’s grief over the death of Morgan led her to stop eating and her health quickly began to decline with the pup rarely leaving her bed. At a loss as to what to do, Amy wondered if getting a new dog might help ease Reese’s pain.
“While scrolling through the adoptable dogs, Jeep's handsome face caught my attention,” Amy said. “Up until Jeep, I had only ever adopted senior dogs. Since Reese didn't handle Morgan's passing well, I couldn't risk putting her through another loss and decided to adopt a younger dog.”
Amy fell in love with Jeep the moment she met him and she had a feeling that the outgoing young pup would be a hit with Reese too.
“He greeted me with a wiggle butt and a big smile,” Amy said. “I sat on the floor, and he immediately came over and sat on my lap. At that moment, he stole my heart.”
Deciding to adopt Jeep, Amy was delighted when she brought him home and saw how quickly he bonded with Reese. It wasn’t long before the senior dog’s heart began to heal and she’s now as inseparable with Jeep as she once was with Morgan.
“Jeep has brought out this youthful, playful side of Reese,” Amy said. “She turns 14 next month and still wants to play with her ‘little brother.’ She doesn't like it when he's not home and gets so excited when he returns.”
While being without Morgan has been difficult, Amy credits Jeep with helping her and Reese to move forward.
“Morgan made my life better by just being her, and I'll never forget her,” Thatcher said. “But Jeep came into my life when my heart, like Reese's, was broken. He got us through a tough time, and I don't know how we would’ve gotten through it without him."
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Kathryn is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years dividing her writing time between her two great loves - pets and health and wellness. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with one very mischievous Cocker Spaniel, drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and attempting to set numerous world records for the longest ever FaceTime calls with her family back home in NZ.
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