For 8 years, Harold Godfrey and his beagle-mix Rowdy were the best of friends. The two went to the dog park in Fresno, California, so often they became close friends with its manager, Mona. And, whenever Godfrey went to his favorite restaurant—Pismo’s Coastal Grill—he’d make sure to save some grub to take back for Rowdy.
Yet, last year, when Godfrey was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he knew that his nearly decade-long friendship with Rowdy was about to come to an end.
Godfrey’s dying wish was for Rowdy not to be alone. He had no immediate family but he knew that there had to be someone out there who could take care of her. So he called up his friend Mona Ahmed at the Woodward Park Dog Park.
“He called me and said ‘Mona, I want you to take Rowdy to a shelter’,” Ahmed told ABC30 Action News. “I said ‘There is no way I’m giving Rowdy to a shelter. I’m gonna find Rowdy a home.’ Then he started crying and I started crying.”
Holding tight to that promise, Ahmed posted about Rowdy on Facebook, trying to find her a new home.
UPDATE…..SHE HAS A HOME …..YES WE ALL DID IT!I have been taking care of elderly man and his dog for few months who…
The story was shared over 22,000 times and even covered on the local news.
Now, Rowdy has a new owner, someone who was staring Godfrey in the face this whole time! Recall that restaurant from the first paragraph?
Turns out that Taylor Therese, who works at Pismo’s, heard the news about Rowdy and decided to take her in! She wasn’t sure if she was ready for a dog at the time but she knew she had to do it, as Godfrey was one of her most loyal customers.
“I’m gonna try not to get emotional here but we did this because we wanted to change the last part of Harold’s life,” Therese said. “That’s the only thing he has is this dog and we wanted him to know that she’s going to a good home.”
Harold's in hospice care. His dying wish was for someone to adopt his best friend "Rowdy." Taylor answered the call. pic.twitter.com/WcjO7zM3Tl
— Dale Yurong (@DaleYurongABC30) January 11, 2018
Therese’s manager was kind enough to pay her $500 pet deposit so Rowdy could stay at her apartment. Even better, a customer who knew Godfrey offered to cover the cost of Rowdy’s dog food for a full year. Ahmed even bought her a set of pet stairs so that Rowdy could get up on the bed to sleep with her new owner.
Since then, Rowdy’s gotten the chance to visit Godfrey in the hospital. He doesn’t have much time left but he can pass away happy now knowing that his best friend is in good hands.