||13 years old|
||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA|
have owned Little for all 13 years of her life, adopting her
from an animal shelter here in Pittsburgh soon after she was born. She was
the last of her litter remaining at the shelter; she was the runt, and
battled through a bout with parvo soon after I brought her home-- she is a
survivor in all ways, but more on that in a minute!
In the picture, Little is underneath the Christmas tree, clutching
her "Duckie," from whom she is inseparable. It is appropriate that she is
under the Christmas tree, because her presence this holiday season is the
most wonderful gift I could ask for! In summer of 1996, Little was
diagnosed with inoperable cancer and heart problems. The vet told me to
prepare myself for the inevitable, which he estimated at one to three
months. A year and a half later, thanks to medication, love, and her
survivor's attitude, Little is still comfortable, playful, and here with me
to celebrate Christmas this year! I put up the tree especially early this
year so that she could enjoy it. She likes to chase the train around the
tracks and bark at the moving angel atop the tree. My little miracle dog
is tremendously generous with her affection, and has been the most
wonderful, loyal friend I could ever ask for.
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