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What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog. They are gone all too fast, aren't they?
I whole-heartedly echo your recommendation that people consider adopting/rescuing companion animals instead of buying from a breeder--there are far too many dogs and cats that end up in shelters or rescue organizations through no fault of their own. I currently share my home--and heart--with three "SPCA Specials" (two dogs and a cat), and I will do so again in the future.
If everything happens for a reason, what's the reason?!