This is the day that I have dreaded since that very first moment I gazed into your soulful eyes.
Your gray whiskers were the hint that you had already lived out the majority of your days. At the time, I guessed that you were about 9 years old, a few months later I was able to confirm that you were 9 1/2, but I never thought twice about bringing you home and giving you the life that you deserved.
I wish we could have had more time.
I wish your previous life was not so difficult.
I wish I could have known you as a puppy.
I wish we could have marched in the Rescue Parade.
I wish you didn’t have to be afraid of so many things.
I wish I could have fixed you.
You taught be me so much about love, trust, resilience and forgiveness.
You were strong, stoic, gentle, affectionate and so, so sweet.
You inspired me to write your story.
You invited me in, and let me be your person.
You were everything I could’ve asked for.
You were like no other.
I will never forget you, I will always love you and you are forever in my heart.
Goodbye precious Annie, my sweet, sweet girl.