Happy Tail: After a death, an adopter finds a dog to help her heal

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The St. Bernard was described on Petfinder as “the perfect dog.” Sharon Ceragioli of Mt. Juliet, TN, was skeptical. Her dog, Fletcher, also a St. Bernard, had died of a brain aneurysm in July 2011, and he had been the perfect dog. He was her reason for getting up each morning as she went through a difficult divorce, and then he was gone.


Read Quincy’s happy ending story in Sharon Ceragioli’s own words.

Her days were filled with depression and tears. Her family urged her to adopt another dog, but she wasn’t ready. No one could take Fletcher’s place.

“One night through the tears running down my face, I found Petfinder’s website, and I spotted a beautiful Saint Bernard that was up for adoption,” she says. He was called Pixie and was listed by Clover for Rover Animal Sanctuary in Gallatin, TN, and though she was skeptical about how perfect he could be, she, her mom and sister set off to find out the following week.

“When we arrived at the farm in Gallatin where he was being fostered,” Sharon recalls, “he came out trotting just like a horse and greeted us with open paws. I dropped to my knees and held him and cried my eyes out. I knew God had sent him to me.”

His foster mom brought Pixie to Sharon on Thanksgiving Day. She didn’t think Pixie was the right name for him, so she changed his name to Quincy.

“Quincy and I are best friends and he is at my side every minute of the day,” she says. “We have been involved in two dog shows already, and he won first place.” The kids in the neighborhood love the big dog, too.

She still misses Fletcher, but Quincy fills her heart with joy. She now readily agrees with what his description said: he is perfect.