Dear Alan,


We’ve been together for the last 3.5 years. I remember when I first laid eyes on you at the pet shop where I had been working. I fell in love with you instantly. You were sick and had an upper respiratory infection. I remember asking the manager how much he would sell you for, and at the time I could not afford his asking price. He decided to sell you–as sick as you were–to this couple. The manager knew you were sick and still made a profit out of you. I returned the following the week and you were nowhere in sight…I felt as if my heart was broken. I said to myself, ‘I hope he is in a happy home.’

I continued to work for the next couple of days, until one day,  the store manager said a man wanted to return a dog that was sick. At the time I did not put things together until this young man came in with this white fluff ball and it was you. My heart was overjoyed to see you again. I told the young man how I had wanted you but he bought you. He stated he did not want you because they had sold him a sick dog. I knew that already. The store manager and the vet had told your owner you were not sick. Your owner approached me asking me if I wanted you for x amount. He said if I didn’t take you then he would let you run off in the parking lot.

I took you from him without any hesitations and brought you to the house. Grandma was not happy but eventually she grew to love you. Evidently God could not prepare me for the next face of our lives. You were really sick. You had an upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, and Anemia. I battled with your illness for months. I did not care to spend all my money and even destroyed my credit just to put your health expenses first. Everyone thought I was crazy, but the truth was that I love you more than any other soul. I love you more than life itself. You are my best friend, my son. You make me laugh even when I’m sad. You taught me so many lessons . I am a better person because of you. I would give my whole life just for you. You come first to me no matter what. We go together like burgers and fries. I thank God everyday for allowing me to live by your side everyday. I promise to always be there and love you unconditionally. I want to grow old with you as my sidekick. Thank you for being you and sharing all your eskie hugs and kisses with me.

Sincerely and with all the love in my heart,

Your Mommy forever

Breed: American Eskimo

Dear Cooper,

Remember when I adopted you? I came into the pound and saw you sitting there. You were the most beautiful one–your fur so white like snow. You had eyes that looked at me with the most innocence. I think we both knew right then and there that we were meant for each other. From that day on, we have been inseparable. Boy did we go through some crazy times together….those innocent eyes that I saw at the pound turned out not to be so innocent after all. Remember when you chased that skunk and you got sprayed? You reeked! The whole house reeked! Ahh, how could I forget the time you “accidentally” nipped at a little boy playing street hockey. I know, I know…you just wanted to play, but his mother didn’t take it that way. We had to keep you quarantined for a week! I was devastated because my mom said I couldn’t keep you anymore. She didn’t understand how much we meant to each other. Finally I had to find you a home…it broke both our hearts. I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t leave you with someone else, so I asked a friend to watch you for a little while. I came to see you all the time and it was always so hard to say goodbye. I missed you, and I know you missed me too. Finally, after a little bit of time passed, you were allowed to come back to me. My mom felt bad and we had to set some rules. I was so proud of you, you showed everyone what I already knew. Now, everyone loves you (still not as much as me though). You became my best friend, the only one I could trust. You changed my life, and I would like to think I have changed yours too. Now, I’m tearing up while writing this and you’re laying at my feet sleeping. I wouldn’t give you up for the world. You’re everything to me. Keep being the good boy you are, I’m so very proud of you. One more thing…I love you.

Breed: American Eskimo

Dear Shatzy,

It’s only been 35 days since I sang you “your” song for the last time as the vet gave you that shot that allowed you to go to the rainbow bridge.

You were my greatest joy and my greatest love. From the day you came home with me when you were just a pup, until that final day that I said goodbye to you, my life had been truly blessed. You gave me so much and I could never repay you for everything you gave me–even if I had an eternity to return the favor.

Countless moments of feeling like I was dearly loved and cherished just for being me. The seemingly endless days of playful energy enjoying the fun of being alive.

Then the years slipped away and you were struck by a rare illness that took away your sight. You kept joyfully living for me for 2 more years until kidney failure came up so suddenly THAT I barely had time to catch my breath before it was time to say goodbye.

I had so many cherished experiences with you that could never be truly expressed through mere words. I will be forever grateful that I was the lucky person to share life on earth with you. The most precious gift from heaven is exactly what you were.

I look forward to the day it is my turn to go to the rainbow bridge myself, and when I do I will be running there just so I don’t have to spend one more moment without you, my beautiful boy. I love you with all my heart!

From Mom

Breed: Pomeranian/American Eskimo