~ Stephanie and Flynn ~

Just over eight years ago, Stephanie rescued Flynn the Basset Hound. Every day since then has been filled with so much love and they have greatly improved each other’s lives. 

In 2014, Stephanie was at the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines. There, she met a tiny six-month-old Basset Hound. The pup was malnourished and was in need of a lot of love and care. Stephanie instantly fell in love and decided to adopt her then and there and named her Flynn. 

Having Flynn brought Stephanie so much more happiness. From playing or just relaxing together after a busy day, they have made each other’s lives so much richer just by being there. 

Six years later, Flynn had a nasty fall that resulted in her getting intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). She had to undergo emergency surgery to save her mobility. Luckily, it was a success! Sadly, not long after, a lump under Flynn’s eye turned out to be positive for an aggressive form of salivary gland cancer. This led to a second surgery within the span of two months to remove the lump. This, too, was successful until they realised that it had spread to Flynn’s left eye, prompting another surgery to remove it. 

It took quite some time for Flynn to recover. It was a long process and Stephanie spent every minute caring for her furbaby, even sleeping on the floor beside her after each surgery. Around the same time, Stephanie was diagnosed with endometriosis. She had to have a laparoscopy, which meant more recovery time. However, throughout it all, Stephanie and Flynn have been by each other’s side. 

Each day since adopting Flynn has brought Stephanie so much love and a positive outlook on life. Not only that, but their friends, family, and the wider community have also been impacted. Stephanie’s co-workers always look forward to seeing Flynn, and when they visit her hometown, local businesses often ask for her to bring her canine companion along. No matter who she meets or where she goes, Flynn spreads so much happiness. 

Seeing the strength and courage that Flynn has shown throughout so many challenges has inspired Stephanie immensely. From showing her the beauty in life to giving her a never-give-up mindset, Flynn has changed her life for the better, simply by being herself. 

Something that Stephanie and Flynn enjoy is being in each other’s company. Whether going out together, hiking, cuddling up on the couch or watching sports, it’s time when they can just appreciate being together. Flynn also loves going swimming and playing with her favourite carrot and lamb chop toys! Watching Flynn have fun never fails to make Stephanie’s day. 

The love that Stephanie and Flynn share for each other is truly special. No matter what happens, they know that they have one another. They’ve each had their fair share of challenges, but through it all, they have been right there.