7/15/1997 - 1/1/2013Hunter, our lovely Beagle - A playful female- our "Princess and "Miss Hunter Bunny" had a beautiful white bottom that reminded us of a bunny hopping out into her favorite place- the large, natural, interesting, creature-laden back yard full of chipmunks to be pursued!! Together, her dachsund "Brother", Buddy, made quite a pair - digging, running, barking, wrestling, snuggling at the end of their active day. Buddy adored her so much that he would jump up everytime she entered a room to greet her by licking her face! Hunter truly "lit up" a room with her tri-color beauty and enormous eyes! Our last sights of her in Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne's arms were when her blanket fell from her face and she looked so young again, so relaxed and peaceful. Healthy once again!! Yes, we did have to have her put to sleep, and yes, we miss her terribly, however, we believe we gave her the "ultimate gift of Kindness" to end her misery. And she's really not very far away at Rainbow Bridge and will AlWAYS be in our hearts! Dr. Hawthorne sacrificed part of her New Year's Day afternoon to help our SWEET, GOOD GIRL. When her Vet came back into town, he said it sounded as though, at age 16, Hunter had a "deteriorated disc" causing her to collapse when she tried to walk her last few days. The memory of that last New Years day fades as fun memories take over in our minds, making my husband , Reid, and I smile and laugh. The one I love the most was how this famous friendship was born between Hunter and Buddy.Hunter freed Buddy from his puppy playpen by chewing a hole in the mesh while I was out grocery shopping! (She worked fast - a real Houdini as she once climbed a chain-link fence in a very few minutes.) Then, these two enjoyed exploring one another curiously, and nine years of pawing at and chasing one another began, causing me to stop whatever I was doing and watch. Thank God for memories! Of trips to beaches, mountains, and parks! BUT the Fondest Memories? Snuggling on the sofa in the evenings!! My most Numerous memory is Hunter going with me to bring our new dachsund puppy home. Hunter sat as far away from him as she could in the back seat, looking jealous and disgusted! So here I was driving the car with one hand, the other hand in the back seat in a laundry basket trying to comfort Buddy who was whining , probably terrified of Hunter. I kept talking to Hunter telling her that Buddy would grow longer, more muscular, would be almost her size, and she would have THE TIME OF HER LIFE PLAYING WITH HIM- Which She Did !! by Nancy ShoemakerNancy ShoemakerCharlotte, North CarolinaJanuary 7, 2013
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Run free sweet Miss Hunter Bunny. What a cute name and she sounds like a stinker -- freeing her Buddy from his imprisonment!! Aww. My Hunter just passed 3.3.18 so I'm lighting this candle along with others for "Hunter" in honor of our Hunter puppies.Jill Timmerman - March 9, 2018
Thank you for the beautiful memorial and kind words. Hunter was a true hound and a good girl.Jennifer Hawthorne - January 7, 2013

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