Saying goodbye to a furry companion is one of the hardest things we must do in life. They wiggle their way into our hearts and take a piece of it when they cross the Rainbow Bridge.
Actress Kaley Cuoco took to Instagram on May 30 to share that her beloved Chihuahua named Dump Truck had passed away. She wrote, “‘A dog is the only thing on earth, that loves you more than he loves himself’ My sweetest Dump Truck, saying goodbye to you has deeply pierced my soul.”
Even though she only had a few years with the sweet fella – who she often called “Dumpy”, he left a huge hole in her heart. He entered her life during the pandemic as a foster and soon after joined her pack of rescue dogs.
She went on to say, “You were with me during some of the hardest moments I’ve had in my life. You brought endless joy to everyone that met you, and kissed my nose when I needed it most. You were as special as it gets and I’m so grateful we found each-other.”
Dumpy lived the best life and was even pushed around in a stroller as he aged. Kaley shared photos of their life together along with her post and it is clear how much she loved the little guy.
This isn’t the first dog that Kaley has had to say goodbye to. She lost her sweet Norman a few years ago but still misses him dearly. She concluded her post with, “Please tell Norman I miss him every day and will cherish you both forever ????”.
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.