Oh, Nash. Our hearts broke today watching you find peace in the only way we could
help you attain it.
You gave the best hugs, always with a bit of side eye.
The restriction of a leash was never something you were particularly fond of, which made neighborhood walks and adoption events challenging (to say the least).
On your way outside to play, you loved to grab whatever laundry was close and would
run away with it like you had just stolen a winning lottery ticket.
You would fiercely protect the things you loved. I get it. Biting has crossed my mind a
time or two when someone got too close to my food and toys.
Car rides made your love of barking at all loud, moving things much more exciting (for
Buddy, we tried our hardest to show you that it was okay to trust and to share and that
boundaries were necessary.
Our goal was to learn your patterns so we could create a safer environment and allow
you to stay.
We hoped that you could learn to relax in this life and not feel so wary.
Being the master of surprise, you got a few too many good shots in. Sadly, that is not a
skill that gets folks to line up to take you home.
Your independent and circumspect soul just wouldn’t allow it.
Now, you are on the other side.
No restrictions or rules.
No kennels or leashes.
Just sunshine on your sweet face and gentle wind blowing through your fur as you run
carefree and happy.
As every dog should.
Lisa Maasen, Jennifer Marbrey, and Nikki Hinsdale are Partners in Hard Knocks Rescue & Training, Inc. They have years of experience within the rescue and training community, and a drive to see its teamwork bring positive changes to the dogs in most need.