It’s Been A While…

Things have happened. It’s been a tough year.

We lost Penelope. Here is something I wrote about her.

Last night we said goodbye to our sweet, strong, amazing girl. In her 13-month battle with cancer, she endured 5 surgeries, 4 rounds of radiation, 3 rounds of chemo, and countless pokes, prods, and indignities. She never lost her spark or her friendly good nature. She was always and ever a joy to be around, making new friends wherever she went right until the very end.

We only had three years with Penelope, but they were three terrific years. It was an instant and deep affinity. How could you not love such a good girl? She deserved every happiness the world could give her. More than that.

If you’re reading this, you’ll probably feel sorry for our loss. It is a tremendous, heartbreaking loss. But, more than anything, we are grateful for the time we had with her. She made our lives so much richer. She made us friendlier people. She drew us out into the world on new adventures. Her happiness was our happiness. Her pain was our pain. We wouldn’t trade any of it for anything in the world.

Penelope was just about the best dog a human being could hope to know. We miss her so, so much. It is so painful to realize she won’t be coming home, to look around the house and not find her. It hurts so much, but it’s all worth it to have had her in our lives.

If I could ask you for one thing, it would be to please support your local animal shelters. There are thousands of amazing animals just like Penelope, just like Audrey, who are waiting to make people’s lives better. Give them a chance. You will not regret it.

And here are some of my favorite pictures of her…

 

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