Dear Madeline “Maddie”, (Wo)men’s Best Friend,

When I first met you, I was coming over to take your photo to see if I could help find you a home. You had been dropped off by the breeder and just left. At the time I had no idea the it was because of your color. I worried it was because you were sickly because you were a little bag of bones. I knew that I couldn’t adopt because I had two senior cats that I figured would never take kindly to a new member of the family, especially a rowdy puppy. But I couldn’t get you out of my mind. It was love at first site.

After a few trial visits, I knew that you were mine. I thank God for that every day. I don’t know how he thought to bring us together but it’s been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. I don’t care if people think that I’m the crazy lady who spoils my dog more than most children because I know you have given me more love, loyalty, and comfort than most will ever realize. People have betrayed me with pride, selfishness, and jealousy but you have taught me what it’s like to have a true friend. I wish people could learn from the example of our dogs. It would be a much better world. You are the biggest goofy ball and make me laugh every day. I love that you are still a lapdog. I love that you love every person and animal that you meet. I love how you know to play more gently with your cat brothers and how not to bother their food. I love crazy time where you jump like a pogo stick. I love how happy you are when you run like the wind. I love your wiggle butt greetings that melt my heart. Your snorts are music to my ears. I think you are the most beautiful thing that’s ever graced this planet. Thank you Maddie for being a Best Friend. My love for you far exceeds words. I love you!

Dear Our Boxers… Bella and Harley (RIP)

Dear Bella & Harley (RIP- 11/27/11),

This is the first time that I have put Bella’s name first, Harley was our first boxer baby, but she is our only living boxer now. However, I cannot just address her, so this is to both of you, my boxer babies…

Bella: You are our rescue girl, our little white lady, deaf- with one brown eye, one blue and great snaggle teach and wow are you spunky. You find so many ways to make us smile Bella. You are so gentle with Logan (our 3 year old) and are such a sweet little girl, we are blessed to have gotten you almost 6 years ago.

Harley: Ok, so how do I write this without crying… You were our first baby. We got you at 8 weeks and oh my gosh, you stole our hearts right away. You passed suddenly at just under 7 years old yesterday- from a suprising heart condition. I still cannot believe it Harley. You have been there for every single thing that we have experienced as a family: a new home, new job, pregnancy, Logan’s first steps, smile, everything- you knew about our new baby that is due in January too. You had a way of laying on my belly to feel her and to make sure that she knew that you were there waiting for her. I am so sad that you won’t get to meet her Harley but you have to know that our MUTUAL unconditional love will never end…. I close my eyes and see you giving me a great big kiss, playing with your rope toy, wagging your nub tail, laying on my lap like the 65 pound lap dog you were. :) I can see you doing all of your wonderful things over and over – i need that to give me peace my angel. You were taken too soon and our hearts are broken now, so all we can do is live in the memory of you LIVING not the moments of you passing. Bella, your friend is trying to help with that. I know much you loved her and we love her that much as well. You were so different, so special in your own ways…

We just want one more day to hold you in our arms and to feel your love around us, the memories will NEVER fade and you will always have a place in our hearts and in our home Harley. I still cannot believe it….

Until we meet at the rainbow bridge again, my angel… I will cherish every memory of you.

Bella and Harley- I LOVE YOU BOTH more than words can even describe.

Love Mommy (Melissa)

Dear Sweet Sadie & Big Bingo (My two loves),