Terrie began browsing adoptable dogs online. In early May, she spotted a Charlie-like dog who'd just come into BARCS. Bowman thought that bringing home that dog might be a way to help ease some of her mother's pain.
"I thought, ‘what the heck, let's go see this beagle,’" says Bowman.
The day before Mother's Day, May 13, Bowman went to BARCS with her boyfriend and his two daughters, and a niece. They got there at opening time, and asked to see the beagle. Three other families were already there to put in adoption applications for this dog.
"Then I had remembered seeing a beagle mix on the website, named Pepper, and asked if she was still available," Bowman says. "They said yes, and that no one had put paperwork in to adopt her."
Pepper was in her kennel, looking sad and scared. Bowman knelt down to see her. Her face and her ears looked so much like Charlie's. Pepper got up, licked Bowman's hand and wagged her tail.
"I knew right then she was it. I just felt it in my heart," Bowman says. "So we set off for home to surprise my mom."
While Bowman was filling out Pepper's paperwork, BARCS staff told her the story of how Pepper had come to be in the shelter. Bowman felt even more strongly about this adoption.