This weekend, February 3rd, 2018, would have been seven years since Tri-State Bassets united me with Fester.

Many owners understandably describe their dogs as the “perfect” pets. But in fairness, Fester was not, he had his share of faults. He did not get along with other animals, grew suspicious of humans in his elderly years, got car sick, and always had anxiety issues.

The anxiety worsened in his old age. He grew bothered and was no longer the content dog he was when younger. Initial medication did not work, and sadly, a few days before Christmas, it was time to say goodbye. He was thirteen. It was the most painful experience of my life. I try and remember the happy times but it is still a challenge.

But as they say, no not perfect, but perfect for me. He taught me discipline, responsibility, and selflessness. I truly learned the meaning of unconditional love which no human, not even family, has come close to match. He was a loving dog, shamelessly grabbing my hand constantly so I could pet and give him attention. In his eyes, I could do no wrong. He lived for me and I was humbled and amazed.

I am forever grateful to Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue for their expertise in matching Fester with me. I may have been the one taking care of Fester, but he taught me much. If I am ever fortunate enough to make it to the Rainbow Bridge or the gates of Heaven, I hope Fester is there to greet me, thankful and happy. I miss him every day. Rest in peace to my best friend.