My dog Allie was a beautiful tri-color sheltie who was on this earth for 10 wonderful years. She was my best friend. We had such a routine together, it's hard to get through the day without her. She always gave me kisses in the morning when she we got up. She was always waiting for me at the back door when I got home. Her little face would barely be visible in the window of the screen door. She always had a smile on her face and her eyes were bright. When she was a puppy, we would play the game of chase. I would chase her and she would chase me. We would also play hide a seek. She loved to play those games. As she got older, her favorite thing to so was to lay over the edge of the couch and look out the front window to watch the world go by. Though she never did care for the mailman and the paper boy, as her barking would always let you know they were here, she loved to just watch the other people go by. And when she was tired, she would lay her head on the pillows on the couch and curl up into a little ball to sleep.

Recently, she developed some problems breathing to the point she would gasp for air. While at the vets, she fainted. Unfortunately, I had my mother take her this time as I thought it was probably allergies. My mother called me and I went over to the vets. When Allie came into the room, she looked like she was suffering so much. I asked the vet if I should put her down and I couldn't bare to see her suffer. He convinced me she was doing better than before and to try the medication for a few days, but she couldn't even lift her head. He decided to give me some time with her, so I got down on the floor to pet her and talk to her. As I was stroking her head and back, she stopped breathing. She died on 5/31/00 at 1:10 p.m.

It has only been a few days, but I know she was trying to tell me that day it was her time. I am grateful to her for not having me make the decision to put her down. I truly believe she needed me to know she was suffering and that it was her time to go. I know she was hanging on until I got there. I am eternally grateful to her for time I had with her and the joy she brought me.

I will never forget her. I loved her so much. I will miss her terribly.

To my baby - I hope you find everlasting happiness and peace where you are. Know that I loved you with all my heart and will always miss you. Love - Mom

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