Jodie My Best Friend and Companion

by Estella Canales
(Harlingen, Texas USA)

In the year 2000, we rescued Jodie from the animal shelter in our hometown of Laredo, Texas. I always enjoyed the way she and my two daughters would spend time playing. It was so enjoyable to see them interact. Well, time passed and my daughters departed for college. It was also about that time that my husband and I divorced. Soon both of my daughters received their degrees and moved on with their lives and their jobs. Before I knew it, it was just Jodie and I. We established a very close relationship. We even had a routine which we followed daily. A year ago, Jodie was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I took her and placed her in the care of a wonderful and caring Vet. We all battled against her cancer but unfortunately her cancer was just too aggressive. Last week I took Jodie to see her Vet for the last time. I held her in my arms as I kissed her good-bye and thanked her for the 17 years that she gave me. 17 years of love, happiness, and companionship which I miss so much. I recently received a sympathy card from her Vet and his staff. It was beautiful act of kindness on their part and I am truly grateful for it. I will miss my fur baby for a very long time. she will forever remain in my thoughts and heart. I love you my little girl and one day we will see each other again.

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