Missy was a once in a lifetime dog, truly the best girl you could ever know. She was more like a person, singing excitedly when you came home and cocking her head and raising her ears when you talked to her like she wanted to ask you a question right back. We told everyone she knows exactly what you are saying...especially if it's food related :)
It was fitting that Florida Brittany Rescue heard about Missy just weeks after forming. She was FBR0001! Purchased as a puppy we learned that her owner struggled affording Missy’s medical care. So many vet visits that gave no real advice to help Missy. Her owner knew she needed help and put time into finding the right rescue to take her in. She told us that Missy was rejected by a large all breed well-funded rescue in Tampa,FL indicating her allergies would make her unadoptable. Missy was a real special needs Brittany with both severe food and environmental allergies. She arrived into FBR with skin so dry and cracked, along with large areas of hair loss, she was a hot itchy mess in such desperate need of rescuing. There were many lucky breaks for Missy but at the age of 5 she did find her happy place! We knew at intake she was a littermate of the Brittanys of FBR’s co-founders Christine & Steve Aron, known as the “Myakka Pack”. Missy loved reuniting with her brothers and sister, and she enjoyed all the fun times running and swimming with her pack again. It took all of 6 months but she lost weight and transformed into one gorgeous girl.
So, the moment I saw the amazing picture of Missy sniffing the flowers, I had to have that big gorgeous girl! We went to hang out with her and the Aron pack and oh boy we could see her big pushy personality right away. She loved telling the whole pack what to do, especially when it came to food...she was determined to be first in line. We worried that taking her away from her group would change her, she was after all a natural bossy mama bear :) We quickly saw she could still be herself at the dog parks, chasing and barking at puppies that would play and then when we got our 2nd Britt (Dania a total softie) Missy was more humble, being the boss by just standing tall and proud.
Missy found herself in a comfortable role, this time as a peaceful and watching mama. It was so heartwarming to see her shine and know that both our dogs were the most perfect fit for our growing family :) They were both so great with our little ones, and Missy was extra helpful cleaning up any spilled baby food immediately. Missy starting having trouble breathing on our morning walks in winter 2017 and was diagnosed in summer 2018 with laryngeal paralysis and had short scary episodes which really slowed her down. We knew our time with her was limited and just hoped we could prepare ourselves soon to be able to do the best thing for her and recognize when she was ready. I remember snuggling with her telling her I needed her to help me run the house, and we weren't ready for her to leave, then a couple weeks later I said she could go when she needed to, we would be ok. Shortly after she let us know on a weekday when the whole family happened to be home, it was time to help her get eternal comfort.
We felt like she was with us longer than 7 years, as she had such a large piece of our hearts. She was the best dog to snuggle, I hope to never forgot her smell or the feel of her soft fur on my face. She had the softest pink belly that she loved to have rubbed as she napped on her back, completely upside down. My husband hugged her so much, she learned how to really lean in and hug back. She knew she was loved, and I really think she was the best at loving us back.