Tonight as I was sitting here, I got a little teary eyed thinking about all of the sweet seniors , who are abandoned to shelters every day by the only humans they ever loved, and are left to die on a cold shelter floor alone and wondering. Their soulful and sad eyes taunt me when we rescue them as I watch them search for a familiar face and listen for a familiar voice which sadly I know, will never come. As I was deep in thought, Alley came to me and gently nudged my arm.

I reached down and held her face in my hands and whispered through my tears: “ You have been my rock for all these years. You have kissed away my tears and eased my worries and fears more times then I can remember. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful to have you right here by my side. I know you are growing old and sometimes tired however I promise you, as long as there is a breath left in my body and soul, I will be your eyes when your world grows dark, I will be your ears when your world has gone silent, and I will be your legs when you find you no longer have the strength to move with ease. Most importantly, I will always be by your side, as you have always been by mine. When the time comes and you feel we must say good bye, though my heart will crack, I promise you I will be the last face you see and the last voice you will ever hear. Yes, Alley, I will be the last tender touch you feel and I will be the last kiss you feel on your cold, wet nose. My promise to you sweet girl is that when that dreaded day comes, I will be as strong for you as you have always been for me. Yes, you will take a piece of my then broken heart however yours will always remain etched in mine. You are so much more than my senior dog, you are my heart and soul, my best friend and companion of 13 years, and I love you”. tw, LNPB

I fulfilled my promise to my sweet girl on 01/29/2015. Rest in peace my sweet angel Alley, mommy loves and misses you so.

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