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Life With Sharon, or, How Much Can a Dog Take?

I Didn't Know...

July 5th 2013 2:36 pm
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When I first saw your face on Old Dog Haven's website, you appealed to me because of the black-and-white shih tzus I had loved in the past. For that reason I decided to give you, a ten year old rescue from a hoarder, a comfortable home to live out the rest of your life. I didn't know, at that time, what an important part of my heart and my life you would become. I didn't know how joyful you were, or how grateful you would be to always return HOME after a trip to the store, a ride in the car, a visit to the vet. You bonded with my Greyhound and he became your big brother and protector. I didn't know that you would be inconsolable when he died, and I certainly didn't know that you would go looking for him the next day.I searched for you for hours, following all the leads from people who had seen you. I didn't know I could feel so panic-stricken as I tried to track you down in the car, tramping through fields, searching (with breath held) in drainage ditches. I've never known the weak-kneed relief I felt when I finally spotted you lying muddy and exhausted on the other side of the ditch.

I didn't know, when I first saw your picture, that you would become so important to me that I would go to any lengths and spare no expense for your health and well-being. I didn't know that you would always be at my feet when I needed you most, in the nursing home keeping vigil while my mom breathed her last breaths. Who knew that we would spend three months in Paris together because I couldn't bear to be parted from you for that long?

I did not know when I invited you into my home as a hospice arrangement how my heart would ache for you as your strength failed, your happy tail hung limp and you needed support to walk and stand. I never knew how hard it would be to let you go. Now my enlightened heart knows that your spirit will forever remain with me making me, grateful for the time we had together. Run, beloved Patch, wave your tail in happiness.


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Barked by: JAKIE, FOREVER LOVED (Dogster Member)

July 6th 2013 at 1:28 pm

I can definitely see that Patch was the Light of your Life(((( ))))!! Its amazing how our babies wriggle into the deep depths of our lives and live in our hearts forever. You gave each other all the love in your hearts. Patch was so lucky to have you for a Mom. He's running free with Jakie and all his furiends and keeping a watchful eye on you all the time. God Bless you and Patch.

Jakie and Gail
Barked by: Teddy (Dogster Member)

July 8th 2013 at 7:01 pm

Patch's Mom, Not only is Patch running happily with his new friends, but he is telling them of all his wonderful adventures in his forever home. He barks of all the love and happiness he found in the last 4 years and how lucky he was that someone gave him a chance at a home and love. As a dog, that's all we ask. (And maybe a nice snack.) Teddy and Casey

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