UK Employees Remember Their Pets
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
~ Anatole France
Jake, 1996 - 2008
Charlie, 1996 - 2008
I never knew how much I could love a dog until I brought home my devoted Jake and a year later my sweet Charlie. You added so much joy and love to our family. Our time with you was far too short and we will miss you always until we reunite again.
Tina Music, UK College of Pharmacy
“If you’re lonely, get yourself a dog!” I told my husband a year after we had moved to Lexington so that I could attend graduate school. Unbeknownst to me, he went to the Humane Society and fell in love with an 8-month old beagle-mix puppy that could jump several feet into the air. Several days later, when we drove to the Humane Society together “just to take a look around", I fell in love with the same dog.
We adopted her that night and she lived with us until she passed away this month. She was a spirited yet gentle dog. We had to put her on two leashes when taking her for a walk because she was so agile and fast. Even with an arthritic hip, she wandered.
When she was 5 years old, our son was born. When we brought him home from the hospital, Madolyn gave him a sniff and then lay down beside him; he was an instant member of her pack. When we brought two stray cats home, she let them swat her without biting them back. Everyone who walked into our house gave her a pat.
We miss her wonderful spirit and remember how fortunate we were to have had her in our lives.
Director, UK Work-Life
I certainly never thought of myself as a ‘cat’ person. ‘Of course,’ I’d say, ‘I love ALL animals, but I’m really more of a dog and horse person.’
And then came a little calico cat named Chloe from the Woodford Humane Society. Because she never knew a stranger and would run to the door to greet us after school and work, and would come to her name when anyone called (which we assumed was most UN-cat-like), we nicknamed her our ‘puppy-cat.’ In a family of two adults, three children, and two-three dogs at any given time, this petite 9-pound feline ruled. Her secret, other than sheer mesmerizing beauty, was that each of us thought she loved US best. Each of us thought WE were the only ones she would give delicate, secret kisses to ‘on request.’ As far as we can figure, Chloe trained approximately 7 dogs from puppies to adulthood over the course of her life-time. Most of them out-weighed her by a minimum of 80-90 pounds or more. They knew; Chloe loved them but would tolerate no nonsense. “Sit. Stay. Hold still while I lick your face and ears until you’re presentable,” she purred. They complied. She ruled.
Chloe passed away last November 2007, beautiful even in very old age, affectionate and loving to the end. Her most recent, best, canine, friend a 120-pound Great Pyrenees. She made cat-lovers of us all. Because of her, there are now 9 cats, rescued from various humane societies and abandonment in three different states, living in the respective homes of her surviving human family.
See you at The Rainbow Bridge, Ms. Chloe. I’m proud to be a ‘cat-person’ now.
March 16, 2001—May 29, 2008
Pets bring us such love and joy. They are our best friends. They never judge us by what’s on the outside. All they want is to be by our sides. That is all my beloved Trooper ever wanted. His happiness depended on nothing more than being by my side. He will forever be missed but not forgotten.
- Alison Preston, Human Resources