Sir Independence Scott Shay (Indy) is my family's 13 yr old Yellow Labrador. He was born on the fourth of July in the year 1992. Within the last 3 days his health changed dramatically. His face became swollen and my mother took him to the vet. The vet pulled a tooth and then declared Indy had a tumor on the roof of his mouth. If we were to get the tumor removed, they would have to remove half of his face as well. This letting him live another 6 months. His face is definitely one of his greatest attributes, we picked him from the litter because he had the biggest head and the biggest paws. If we left the tumor alone, it would grow over the course of time and eventually suffocate him. Both answers from the vet seemed there was no happy ending for either of us, Indy or my family. So, we decided it would be in his best nature to be put down, much to the chagrin of us as his family as well as everyone else who knew Indy.

He touched everyone he came into contact with in some shape or form and always had a light about him, never sad, never judged, played when we played, listened when we talked, loved when we laughed... No matter what other puppy comes into my life I know none of them will be as important to me as Indy is. I can only hope and pray he is waiting by the Rainbow Bridge for our wonderful reunion.

I remember bringing him home. He was so small and cuddly with his tiny paws and soft fur.He bounced around the room with eyes flashing and ears flopping. Ever since that day my love grew for Indy, and honest to God if he were human I would've married years ago.

So thanks to my boy, for a lifetime of love... and Dear God, let me see him in heaven above! But for now Lord, please hold him, watch over his rest... if he wakes in Your arms tell him I love him best. We love you Indy... stay forever young baby... you'll never be forgotten.

Love, mommy, daddy, Julie Erin & your lil Kate

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