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Nobody is ever "ready" for tragedy, it just happens. When you least expect it, when you are least prepared, when things seem to be going well... tragedies can happen.

Our Handsome Stoli suffered unfortunate trauma. Stoli was a dog who came to live with me in 2007 after his owner/breeder passed away in a fatal vehicle incident. He had been with me for two years when I decided it was time he find a family to call his own, to sleep with, play with and protect. What a gorgeous young dog, truly just beautiful, happy and healthy. The last week of January, 2009, I placed Stoli into the care of a new family thru referral from a close friend.
My heart ripped in half watching him go off with his new family. I had hoped I gave him everything I could, even a family to be a huge part of..

Stoli came home within a few weeks showing symptoms of spinal difficulty. Veterinary specialists were involved very quickly and together we struggled to "beat" whatever it was. Stoli's battle with immobility and discomfort was a battle we just couldn't win. He was gently put to rest on March 23rd, 2009. Rest in Peace, Sweet Stoli!

The Last Battle 
If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done?
For this - the last battle - can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hands,
For this is the day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so,
When the time come, please let me go.
Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me until the end
And hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree,
It is a kindness you do for me.
Although my tail its last has waived,
From pain and suffering I have saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you,
Who has to decide this thing you do.
We've been so close - we two - these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.
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