Hephzibah Maxine Murphy (Eppie)

03/17/2006 - 03/30/2018

Memorial created 05/31/2019 by Michael.


My dear widowed mother, Dorothy, one day called me out of the blue and asked my permission to get a Sable Sheltie puppy. I know that may sound strange, but my mother was then in the fourth year of the fight for her life with breast cancer, and I believed she knew that Eppie would help to get me through the struggle which would come to her only child if the Good Lord decided to call her away from us too soon.

My Mom always had a keen sense of survival and what that takes. You see, she lost my father to a heart attack when he was only 31 years old, she was 22 and I was in her womb with three months to go until my birth. And, well survived she did by raising me to be a high-school football star, university graduate and world traveling aviator. Of course, I wholeheartedly encouraged her to get that puppy.

But, as fate would have it; after only a year of raising the pup, she passed from our midst, and I did take Eppie home with me to Connecticut as, although never shared, would be my mother’s wish. Over the next eleven years, I experienced the love and joy of a Shelties companionship which without; I’m not all sure that I’d be here to share this little story of love with you.

Back home again in Indiana, and on a beautiful Good Friday afternoon in 2018, Eppie went back to Mom. And now they, the best mom and best dog ever, are watching me raise a beautiful new Tricolor Sheltie puppy named, Dottie.

Candles left in memory of Hephzibah Maxine Murphy (Eppie)

  1. Paige says:

    So sweet Michael. And I know what you are talking about . . . I am not sure I would be here either, or sane, if it had not been for my pups. Given to me as a single mom as well when my 3 boys started leaving the nest for college. The bond we shared was so special and they knew why they were here:). We lost both of them in the last year, almost to the day, and it has been hard. Blessings to you for keeping Eppie and continuing as a Sheltie dad <3!

  2. Gloria says:

    Thank you for sharing the heartfelt story of your mom, you, and Eppie. I can tell from her picture that she was one in a million! Just what your mom needed, just what you needed… a sweet soul to share life’s trials. Your touching story made tears flow as I know full well how these sensitive dogs can complete us. I am so sorry for the loss of your mom and dear Eppie. I am glad to hear you opened your heart once again. Blessings to you and may the memories of better times with both of them fill your heart.

  3. Janie Nodine says:

    So sorry about Eppie’s passing. What a beautiful baby. Your Mom knew what she was doing, and I’m sure she was thrilled to watch the two of you from Heaven. Now that they are together again, I have no doubt they are together again, watching you raise your new baby. Bless you and Dottie, and I pray you have a long, wonderful life together. I have two shelties. They are 14 1/2 now and still going strong. I know the bond that you shared. They are wonderful pups and touch your heart forever. :) HUGS!

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