Dear Captain Ahab,

You have been such a light in my life, one that I never could have anticipated. I’ve never been a dog person, and when your other mommy told me she wanted to get you, I only said okay because I love her so much. From the day we brought you home, you have brought us so much joy. From the way you were obsessed with our undies for the first 3 months of your life, to the many wonderful tricks you have so quickly learned, you’re always making us laugh. I love nothing more than watching you and the cat roll around on the floor, or tear through the house like you’ve lost your minds. I buy you more stuff than any mother on earth, you’re spoiled stupid rotten. I can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with you. You are such a wonder. I love you bubba.
Breed: Chihuahua-Terrier

Dear Otis,

Otis

Your dad and I loved you before we even met you. We were missing something in our lives – something small, furry, and four-legged. We spent months researching breeds, watching dog videos, admiring others’ pups, and checking local shelter pages. And then one day I saw you – listed on an adoption site. The family that had you also had your mom, dad, and brother, and thought that you weren’t getting the attention you needed. I fell in love with the picture posted of you  - you were smiling from ear to ear, in a way that was cartoon-like. We called about you, asked some questions, and then immediately came out to see you. It was love at first sight. You were being shy, but we could tell that you were sweet and well behaved, and you were just so beautiful! We couldn’t take you home that day, but we came to pick you up about a week later. And from then on, we developed an unbreakable bond with you. I can’t imagine a day where I don’t wake up to your smiling face, hear your silly snorts, or receive your slobbery kisses. I would be so lonely without you following me from room to room, or snuggling up with me every time I sit on the couch or bed! You are so funny, so smart, so handsome and so sweet. You are my best friend and the love of my life!

-Mamoo and Dadoo

Breed: Boston Terrier/Pug

Dear Shadow,

Shadow

Shadow you were everything and everyone to me. You were my very best friend, my brother, my soul. You were part of me and I was part of you. We didn’t like being apart from each other but when we were it was only for a short time because we knew we were going to be together again…your mommy, your sister, your very best friend would never leave you for too long. Looking into your beautiful brown and soul-searching eyes was an experience I will never forget. You saw the best of me and the worst in me and you chose to love every bit of me with no doubt or reservation. You followed me around and wanted to sit next to me wherever I chose to be. Even in a tight little corner you would make it happen as long as we were together. You were the closest thing to perfection. Other than being a stickler for finding the most glorious spot you could find to pee on, you were perfect!

You were patient, kind, loyal and loving–and most of all you were the best friend anyone could have ever asked for. Shadow, thank you so much for loving me so much and saving my life. You were my reason for getting up in the morning and for laying my head down to rest in peace. Taking care of you was my honor, one which I will forever be thankful for. I am sorry if I wasn’t as patient as I could have been at every moment that it was required. I am sorry if at times I wanted a little mommy time. I am sorry that I couldn’t do more to save you. I know you know that I learned patience through you, that mommy time didn’t seem so fun without you and that I tried everything to make your life easier, comfortable and more enjoyable for your last months on this earth. I truly do not know how I am going to get through life without you but I do know that you always wanted my happiness and so I will remember you everyday with joy, gratitude and love. I will live every day in honor of our life together and I will live each day to the fullest knowing that I was loved–loved by you Shadow. I love you forever and ever and I miss you like crazy. Goodbye my little boy.

Breed: Terrier Mix