Dear Lily,

It hasn’t even been a week since you left our family for heaven. Every moment of every day I think of you and miss you with all my heart. You were one of a kind and the sweetest, gentlest dog I have ever known.

I will always consider you the best birthday present I ever got. Right after Daddy and I got married you came into our life. Grandma drove you down from Oregon to begin your life with us. When you arrived you just fit in our hand. Mighty and cute. Zima, our black lab, adored you right away. You became best buddies and played wrestle on the floor all the time.

Within a week we had to rush you to the vet because you were having a hard time breathing. I was so scared that you wouldn’t make it through the night. You did! We found out later you had chewed an electrical cord and gave your heart a jolt. Thank God you survived.

I have so many wonderful, precious memories of you. Too many to write. I hold them all in my heart. I consider you my first born. A year and 1/2 after we got you Julia was born. You were so gentle with her. No matter how much she chased you, you only kissed her back. Your patience was amazing. Through the years you welcomed two other human sisters—Reese and Madee. With each one you only showed love.

Zima passed away when you were 6 and you missed her so much. We decided to get you a friend and brought a little Doxie puppy named Winnie into your life. She was so hyper and excited to have you. You were always welcoming even when she wouldn’t leave you alone. You slept in our bed every night and even welcomed her to share it with us.

I will always keep in my heart the kisses, snuggles, walks and warm puppy feet. I adore the smell of your warm feet when we are snuggling. If they could bottle that smell millions could be made. I loved throwing balls for you all over the house and watching you tear apart all your stuffed animals.

When we found out a year ago that you had Congestive Heart Failure and had less than a year to live my heart broke in two. I treasured every minute with you and tried to make each day special. I would love taking naps with you in the middle of the day. We had you on several medicines and I could tell that you were growing weary. Your heart pumped out of your chest. I loved putting my hand on your chest as we slept and feeling it beat.

You are amazing with how long you fought to stay with us. You never gave up. In September the vet looked at your x-ray and said that you should be dead. You still were wagging your tail and giving us love.

Up until the last hour you were happy. When I heard you struggling to breath my worst nightmare became reality. Daddy and I rushed you to the vet where your lungs were full of fluid and you were barely getting oxygen. The end was very traumatic but I will always cherish that I held you in my arms as you went on to heaven to be with Zima, Grandpa and Dida. I know you are there watching us. Madee, who is 2, calls you her Angel.

I will never ever forget you. No dog will ever compare to you. I wish I could be there to hold you and protect you still. I love you forever Lily. I miss you so much.


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