Truckee pet lodge turns tragedy into possibility with orphaned Aussie shepherd |

Truckee pet lodge turns tragedy into possibility with orphaned Aussie shepherd

Thanks to locals going the extra yard at Truckee Tahoe Pet Lodge, Gypsy found a new home days after her owner tragically passed away.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — For Steve Sewell, owner and founder of Truckee Tahoe Pet Lodge, being a lifelong a dedicated animal lover was just the beginning.

Sewell, a business veteran from the Silicon Valley, laid the foundation of his successful electronics career by consistently going above and beyond what was expected.

It’s an approach he and his handpicked staff have lovingly brought to the guests who have stayed at his Truckee Tahoe Pet Lodge, a dedication to caring that has earned local best-in-class standing.

Sewell speaks to his approach, “Our entire staff are ‘extreme’ pet lovers, and we all know from personal experience how difficult it can be to leave a cherished pet with a boarding or care facility, even it’s only for a few hours or a few days. More than anything, we truly want our clients to know that during their pet’s stay with us, we are their pet’s guardians, and that no harm will come to them while under our care, ever.”

Case in point — Gypsy, a truly adorable little Australian shepherd. A frequent daycare and overnight visitor, Gypsy checked in on Oct. 12 for another one of her short visits.

On the very next day, Sewell got word that Gypsy’s owner had suffered a serious stroke, with a dire prognosis. Within two days, Gypsy’s owner passed away.

“It was of course incredibly sad,” added Sewell. “Here was this cute, sweet, loving little Aussie who was now without her owner and guardian, with whom she had lived with alone all of her life. All of us reached out to Gypsy even more than usual, but when other family members couldn’t take her in, we decided to do everything we could to turn tragedy into possibility.

“It simply wasn’t OK for us to drop her off at the shelter.”

In stepped the Pet Lodge’s Operations Manager, Cassidy Forsman, who has worked extensively with shelters and rescue organizations for her entire career.

What followed was a marathon of reaching out through Australian shepherd rescue organizations throughout the West, networking to hopefully find a new forever home for Gypsy.

After several days, through Aussie BC Rescue, Forsman found Jill Beede, who had just lost her Aussie, and was ready to see if she could find another to rescue. Jill came to meet Gypsy on Oct. 21.

Gypsy went home with Beede that day.

“She is absolutely fantastic,” says Beede. “It’s as if she was always mine. She has settled right in, gets along with everyone, loves affection and to be brushed — just like my old dog did. Perhaps it’s because we live alone together just like Gypsy did before, but I simply cannot imagine a finer dog or a better fit for me. I am so happy!”

“Best feeling ever,” added Sewell. ‘Absolutely, the best feeling ever.”

Located at 10960 West River St. in Truckee, the Truckee Tahoe Pet Lodge offers a full range of pet care services, including all-suites dog boarding, luxury cat boarding, doggie day care that keeps your dog happy, healthy, and socialized, and professional grooming services.

For information, visit or contact the lodge at 530-582-7268.

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