It started  a little over 20 years ago with a simple request, “Daddy, can I have a puppy?”  That puppy was a part of our lives for 17 years.  For almost 3 years, there has been a longing for that next dog, the one she would choose on her own.  But she is a woman of patience and she waited and hoped and prayed and spent many hours looking at dog shelter photos.  She wasn’t  really thinking about dogs the day they went shopping but the sign for a pet adoption event caught her attention.  “We might need to go look at puppies” she said.  And there she was.  The dog that would become her own.  Again, patience was exercised.  She would tell you it was a very long week.  She checked the shelter website daily.  On a rainy, Friday afternoon, we got in the car and drove to the shelter.  And it was so right.  This girl and this dog were a fit.  And so the story begins.

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