It's hard to believe it's been 14 years since you first came to live with me. I remember so well that Friday afternoon in 1996 at the Anderson Animal Shelter in Elgin, Illinois. After the adoption was final and as we were getting ready to leave the shelter, you shook off your collar and took off, charging all around the big lawn in front of the shelter. It took three people from the shelter to corral you and get you into my car for the hour-plus drive back to Evanston, during which time you repeatedly puked all over the back and front seat of the car. By the time we got to my (now our) apartment, I was wondering what I had gotten myself into.
Fourteen years later, I can't imagine life without you. We've been through a lot in those 14 years--lots of ups, a few downs, and some really down downs. But I'm so glad that you've been with me through it all--my constant, faithful companion. You are a good dog, and you are a great dog.