My family rescued a beagle a little over 4 years ago. We debated over what to name her and soon decided on Macie. She came at the perfect time in my life. I was unsure of where I stood, unsure of what would happen next, and unsure of who I was. I remember it like it was yesterday, I got home and there she was in a tiny box. Ears bigger than her head. It was love at first sight. She rescued me. I remember coming home as soon as I could from school just so I could be the first one to snuggle with her. Everywhere I went, she went. And vice versus. She was my greatest blessing and my best friend. She taught me the value of unconditional love. Every single day that I was with her, I was able to love harder than I ever had. She protected me, and she kept my secrets. Macie was the only one who just listened to me and she could always tell when I was hurting. I lost Macie a little over a year ago and to this day we don’t know what happened. I truly believe in doggy heaven and I hope she’s chasing all the tennis balls there are to chase! I currently have four rescue dogs that I love with all my heart, and because of Macie, she has taught me the value of unconditional love and letting people (and other dogs) in. I think about her every single day but I will never forget how she made me feel like I mattered when I was with her.