Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Yet another golden tail

This is Harley, my sister-in-law's gentle basset hound. Harley appeared in her driveway, a half-grown puppy, about thirteen years ago. He arrived with a scar on his nose and a broken rib. I wonder if he sensed that there was already a basset in that house (Rosebud, the queen, gone on several years ago) and that he would be safe and loved there? Harley was a good companion all of his life; he loved people and other dogs, and got along with everyone. He became blind a couple of years ago, but didn't lose his interest in people or his love for life.

I wish I had a photo of his other side; he had a perfect white UT Longhorn right in the middle of his left side. Good thing my SIL wasn't an Aggie.

Recently Harley has had very little energy, and last week my sister-in-law found out he had lymphoma. Yesterday Harley had no more strength left, and it was time to let him go. He was a very good boy, always. I hope that when we get to the Bridge we'll hear Harley, "Aroo"ing to welcome us.

14 comments:

chartreuseova said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Harley. It sounds like he had some wonderful years full of love.

I've gotten a bit paranoid lately with Fenway. Making sure we enjoy all the time we have. I guess that's all we can do.

Presbyterian Gal said...

That Harley has a face that has seen it all and been well loved in the process.

Rest in peace Harley.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Just think of the fun he is having now!

I have a special place in my hearts for bassets. I just love them. They are very special dogs.

But then again, so is your sister in law.

Songbird said...

He will be joining many friends while he waits for those who loved him.

mompriest said...

Oh...I had a basset when I was a little girl..sweet...so glad he found a loving home!

DogBlogger said...

Ohhh... rest well, sweet Harley.

Quotidian Grace said...

Blessings on Harley and his family. He looks like such a sweetie!

Word Verification--RUNNE

What are the odds?

Rev Kim said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. What a sweet face. May he romp with joy with the all of the other rev gal dog pals who recently crossed the Rainbow bridge.

Kievas said...

I'm sorry to hear about Harley's passing. It sounds like he shared a wonderful life with your SIL.

Kathrynzj said...

The BEST dogs are the ones that just show up.

Singing Owl said...

Aw, sorry about Harley. I never knew much about Bassets till my son Josh got his, J.J. who (you may have read) was one BEAUTIFUL example of bassethood, and broke our hearts when he was struck by a car. Maybe he and Harley are arroooing together.

Gator World!! said...

What a wonderful posting. I love basset hounds. I actually have one of my own. Her name is Dixie, and she too was a stray. I am so sorry to hear that Harley had to go on, but you know he is so happy now...roaming around, digging, sniffing everything.

Stratoz said...

Peace to Harley. and may we all be "arooooed" at.

Becky Ardell Downs said...

Sorry I'm so late in reading this; Harley, you were such a good boy, which I know because you're so beautiful. Thank you for sharing time with Zorra's family. You were a blessing and a joy. Peace to you and yours. Aroooooo!

And I do think bassetts know the presence of other bassetts. When I was doing bassett rescue we would have meet-ups at the dog park and the bassetts would sort of herd together and not let non-bassetts come in. They're so funny.