I turned 11 years old today and what a sad day it was. I found out that I have the fastest growing form of cancer and only expected to live 2 more months. I can tell that mommy and daddy were sad but they tried not to show it. Over the next seven weeks I had some good days and some not so good. It was warmer weather then normal and very dry. We went to the parks and took walks every chance we had as long as I had the energy. We even played my favorite game of hide and seek. We hadn't played it for awhile. I also enjoyed lying with daddy to watch my favorite movie, Homeward Bound.

Romeo Park


Giggle Toy


Romeo and Rudi on the couch


Romeo at the park


Rome closeup


Romeo watching TV

On the 7th week I wasn't doing very well. I tried, I really did try to hang on but I started to get really sick. I couldn't keep food down any more and walking was almost impossible. Mommy and daddy would carry me outside from tree to tree because they knew I couldn't walk anymore. Then it happened, I collapsed on the floor and I was very weak. It was though my body was shutting down. Daddy rushed home and they took me for one last ride in the car. Though I didn't return with them, I beat them back. As one life ends, another begins. For now I was in a spirit form and my life with them is starting over again.

Last day


Making That Final Decision To Say Good-bye

You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner till the end.
Please, understand just what this gift
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
... a young dog once again.

~Author Unknown

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