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And Then There Were Two

On a cold, winter day 13 years ago in December, we got a new puppy. He was 12 weeks old and a little, white maltese. We named him Dustin Tanner and he was a wonderful puppy. It was love at first sight between the two of us. I was his human and he was my dog. Never was there a more loyal and devoted little dog than this little guy was to me. All I had to do was look in his direction and his tail would wag and his eyes would brighten. It was always this way…for 13 years.

Today, he is no more. His health had deteriorated for the past 1 1/2 years to the point that it wasn’t fair to him to ask him to go on. So, with a sorrowful heart and the much appreciated help of my son-in-law, Marcus, I took him to the vet to be sent on to a better place. One where he could hear and be able to eat treats and not have to wear diapers any more.

He was a great little dog and we will miss his happy, wagging tail and his sweet spirit. We thank him for bringing us so much joy for so many years.

Here is a poem that the girls at the vet hospital sent home with us:

If it be I grow frail and weak,
And pain should wake me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle can’t be won.

You will be sad, I’ll understand,
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand,
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love and friendship stand the test.

We’ve had so many happy years,
What is to come will hold no fears,
You’ll not want me to suffer, so,
When the time comes, please let me go.

I know in time, you too will see,
It is a kindness you do me,
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering, I’ve been saved.

Do not grieve that it should be you,
Who has to decide this thing to do
We’ve been so close, we two, these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
~~ Author Unknown

We still have two dogs, Mandy and Tiffanie, but our hearts have been broken today and we will always love and miss our third, little white dog!

Rest in peace, little guy!



3 Responses to “And Then There Were Two”

  1. Kim Bierly Says:

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Know he is running free again and is no longer in pain. Your face and love are what he took with him. There is nothing better.

  2. Josie Says:


    I am so sorry. I know how much Dustin meant to you. My love and hugs go out to you. I love ya and miss ya my friend.

  3. Meagan Says:

    That was a beautiful entry, Mom. It was very touching. It was a nice picture of Dustin, too. We will always remember him and hold a special place for him in our hearts.

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