Brian moved to Albuquerque in the winter of 2000, and as soon as he was settled in he went to the PetsMart adopt-a-dog weekend and found Marty. She came home with him that very day and was with him until yesterday when age and illness caught up to her. He let me know by e-mail last night that she was gone.
I wrote back:
You gave her such a good life and she was so beautiful. She brightened your days and filled the nights with warmth and comfort. I know how you loved her with the depth that only those who know what pure devotion and affection bring, and you will ache with the loss for a long time. The little reminders of her presence – a stray hair on the couch, a half-eaten bag of treats, a chewed corner of a book – will haunt you for weeks and months, but they will be comfortable reminders of good times, and the friends you made with her at the park and on the street will be there to hold you up.
She could not have had a better life or a better friend.