Dear Dorothy (aka Little D, The Boss, Little Lady),

My Darling D…

Even as I type the first few words of this letter to you, my eyes fill with tears. Tears of joy that is. In the dictionary the word perseverance is defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement; to me, YOU define perseverance.

When I received the call asking for my help that your back had been broken at the hands of your previous owner’s children, leaving you paralyzed, I feared there was nothing I could do for you. However, from the moment I saw you limp and lame in that cage, you wiggled around as best as you could and greeted me with so much love, zest and passion, I knew you were a survivor.

Our journey began by fitting you with your own mini life preserver to begin warm water therapy in my bathtub. Your drive from the moment you touched the water was intoxicating. I still smile when I think of the first day you were fitted for your wheels and how easily you adapted to them. You haven’t looked back since. In spite of everything you’ve been through and all the pain you’ve endured, you have moved forward with grace and proven resilience.

You have taught me that although life puts road blocks in our way, you can always go around them or wheel over them and that although challenging, you will succeed. I watch you approach everyone and anything with this drive that is so intense, you are a force to be reckoned with. Most importantly, you have taught me to love big and unconditionally. To be tolerant and non-judgmental and to accept others as they are.

Dorothy, you are the feistiest, bossiest, most lovable, cutest, funniest, persistent, daring, smartest, giving, bravest little dog I have ever met and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me to be yours. I want you to know there was no way I could have ever given you up and that one of the happiest days of my life was going from your Foster Mom to your becoming your Mommy.

You have changed my life in more ways than you know and I can’t imagine a life without you. The best part of my day is coming home after work to find you waddle your way up to the step and bounce up and down until I come pick you up into my arms for all your sweet kisses. You have touched the lives of many who have met you and most of all mine. I love you D and all that you are, all that you stand for and all that you give.



  1. Kim Runner says:

    I love this. I also love reading about Dorothys resilience and the fact that she can still love a human is something I am beginning to think is what only a dog can do. If humans could love and forgive like they do this world would be a much better place. I am a foster mom for United Yorkie Rescue and they are my favorite breed. Dorothy, you are an inspiration to us all! I love watching you videos and seeing your precious, happy little face. I am honored to know you and count you as a friend. I hope some day to meet you and cover you with kisses. I love you! thank you for loving as you do! Smooch!

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