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On behalf of the staff at Haven Animal Hospital, we are honored to pay respect to our beloved animal friends who have passed.  We also welcome you to create a lasting tribute for your beloved pet or animal friend on our website's Pet Memorial page. Please feel free to complete the following Pet Memorial Form in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires the free Acrobat Reader to view. Or contact Danielle at 616-847-7387 for additional help or information on posting. Thank you.

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A Piece of my Heart…

            I said goodbye to my best friend Lilly, in May.  She had been my constant companion for 13 years and I miss her so much.  We adopted her from a rescue when she was about 4 months old and from the moment she came home with us it was clear she was mine.  Don’t get me wrong, she loved everyone in our family.  But me – she would do anything for. 

            On the rare occasion she could not go with me she would lie in the driveway, staring out at the road, waiting for me to come home.  She did that for hours on end.  She would come to the barn with me and lie in the middle of the arena, watching me ride around and around. She ran through the woods with me, reminding me of how much fun life could really be as she gleefully ran circles in every puddle.  If she could speak she would have been yelling “yippee”!

            Lilly was 13 when she died – not young for a dog.  But she was a young 13!  She was still chasing rabbits and running through the woods!  Despite her normal behavior she had cancer.   It was discovered suddenly when she had a seizure.  The cancer had already spread by the time it was detected so there were no good treatment options.  I felt so cheated, so angry that she would be taken from me before her time.  It just wasn’t fair

            Once I came to grips with the inevitable I realized how lucky I was. I knew it was only a matter of time before she passed away. I was pretty sure I knew how it would go and I was ok with that.    We made the best of every single day, understanding that each new day was a gift. 

            Lilly died 3 weeks after her diagnosis.  She died peacefully in my arms as my heart was breaking. I will miss her forever. 

            Upon hearing of her death, my brother sent me a quote.  It helped me.  For those out there who have lost a special dog, I hope it helps you too.

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them.  Yet, every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart.  If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”…Unknown  

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