on love and loss.

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I recently experienced a loss that, for a lack of a better word, sucked.  I lost my best furry friend, my one true animal soul mate, the one that ignited my passion for anything animal related, my little 17 year old chihuahua named Diamond.

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Diamond was no ordinary dog.  She was literally the most perfect little dog in the world, and I’m not biased or anything.  I wish I could say that she was with me her entire 17 years but I am not that lucky.  I adopted Diamond 8 years ago from an old coworker who apparently didn’t have time for her anymore.  My first instinct now is to call bullshit on that excuse but I actually should thank her for giving me the best gift anyone could ever give me.

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If you know me, the first thing you will know about me is that my number one passion is anything animal related.  I am that person at a dinner party or some event that would rather hang out with the dog, the one that squeals every time I see a random dog on the street, the one that will try to kidnap your dog (kidding.. or am I..?).  But it wasn’t always that way.  Not until Diamond came along.

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When I adopted her from an old coworker, I never had my very own dog before and lived in oblivion about how animals are treated.  I became obsessed with her (like, obsessed! I have THOUSANDS of pictures of her just on my phone ,so.. ) and in turn, opened my eyes to the real need of giving animals a voice.  I adopted another chihuahua a year later (Bella!) from a local Twin Cities rescue group and that officially started my work with the animal rescue world .. but that’s for another post.

 

12063679_10101626187739170_5415823918383268852_nDiamond will always be that dog that started a lifelong passion for me.  She was my constant companion for 8 years.  Who knew that such a little dog could ignite such a big change in my life!  I feel so lucky that I had the privilege of being her “mom” for 8 short years.  I hope everyone will have the opportunity to experience unconditional love like that.

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