Home E Rescue Stories E The Golden Lab Whose Loving Spirit Lives On Through Hurley’s Halo

The Golden Lab Whose Loving Spirit Lives On Through Hurley’s Halo

By Belinda Cai

legacy-greatpost19image2

Stephanie and baby Hurley.

“‘I grew into who I am today with and because of her,’ Stephanie says. ‘Hurley figuratively stuck by my side through break ups, a cross-country move and everything in between.’”

Hurley, a yellow Labrador, entered Stephanie Kurtz’ life when she was 24-years-old and beginning to navigate the many challenges of adult life.

“I grew into who I am today with and because of her,” Stephanie says. “Hurley figuratively stuck by my side through break ups, a cross-country move and everything in between.”

Stephanie’s dog and best friend also literally stuck by her side four years later, when she had to undergo multiple spine surgeries and procedures as a result of being hit head-on by a drunk driver.

“Hurley would lay next to me while I healed and was by far the best nurse I’ve ever had,” Stephanie says.

Hurley suddenly passed away around Christmas of 2018. Stephanie was devastated, but channeled her sadness into something altruistic: Hurley’s Halos. It’s a fostering initiative to honor Hurley’s life — and a way for her beautiful spirit to live on.

Dog Whisperer HQ: Tell us a little about Hurley.

Stephanie: Hurley was a yellow lab that loved life more than anyone I know! She was genuinely excited to see old friends and new, often greeting people with her signature “Hurley Shake.” She would wiggle with such excitement that her tail must have hit her nose! During her 13 years of life, she made everyone that came in contact with her smile. She loved the dog beach, dog park, the couch, pizza crust, pillows, Santa, cuddling and people. She hated baby carrots, squirrels, hardwood floors, car rides and not being next to me. She was so eyebrow expressive and ear-to-ear smiled often! She was gentle, silly, loyal, sensitive and by far the best dog to live (some may call me biased).

>
Hurley was a yellow lab that loved life more than anyone I know! She was genuinely excited to see old friends and new, often greeting people with her signature “Hurley Shake.” She would wiggle with such excitement that her tail must have hit her nose! During her 13 years of life, she made everyone that came in contact with her smile.

DW: What was your bond with Hurley like?

S: Until her passing, there was no me without her. I would take her everywhere I could and spend as much time as possible with her. She always had to be touching me, whether that meant resting her head on my feet while I worked at the computer or placing her paw on my leg even if we were lounging on the couch. When I would leave the house for 30 seconds to get the mail, I would be greeted with the greatest celebration when I walked back in, as if I’d been gone for weeks. No one has ever been so excited to see me! Her love was unconditional, and so was mine.   

legacy-greatpost19image3-1

Hurley with foster animals.

DW: You were fostering other animals. How did Hurley interact with them?

S: Since Hurley loved every animal she met, we knew she’d be a great foster sister and we were spot-on. She was so tolerant of every dog or kitten that we brought home. From her accepting our first foster (Kiska, a Husky/Shepherd mix) laying next to her and eating her food… to allowing pit-mix Brownie to actually lay ON her… to loving the four-week-old tabby kittens (TJ, Rocky and Benji) actually swinging from her tail… she never ceased to amaze with her gentle spirit and welcoming nature. Hurley was especially receptive and protective of the kittens. So much so, that when we “foster failed” (aka, adopted our fosters) with TJ and Rocky, their bond just grew exponentially.   

DW: Tell us about Hurley’s Halos.

S: When Hurley suddenly passed around Christmas of 2018, my world was torn apart. My best friend was gone. As a way to channel the grief and have her beautiful legacy live on, I began a fostering initiative in February 2019 called Hurley’s Halos, where I intend to foster 13 fluffs in honor of Hurley’s brief 13 years on Earth. I have documented the journey on the @hurleyshalos Instagram page. In just eleven months, 11 “Halos” have been fostered (and adopted!). The page has also been a resource to share other adoptable animals and even raised funds for a special kitten’s surgery (Fig, the unofficial Halo!).

legacy-greatpost19coverandimage1

A happy Hurley.

DW: How do you feel Hurley’s legacy lives on?

S: Not only does Hurley’s name and image live on through the initiative, but so does her gentle, loving spirit. In a strange way, it was her passing that has allowed us to help rescue more animals than we could have imagined. I know that she is ear-to-ear smiling down upon us because of this — while doing the “Hurley Shake,” of course!   

Check out Hurley’s Halos on Instagram @hurleyshalos.

legacy-300x250-watch-tv
Shop Dog Whisperer Products