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October 23, 2008

From The Publisher's Desk: News helps recall dog memories

The phrase "a dog is a man's best friend" also applied to this woman. For 13 years, my world revolved around our baby boy, Kasie, an energetic, loving Dalmatian.

With several recent stories about lost animals, abuse and good Samaritans helping an animal in need, I thought it fitting to share some of my fond memories of Kasie and the joy he brought to my life.

Without a child at the time, Kasie was our world. I know many of you can relate. On the ride home after we picked him up from the breeder, Kasie started off our relationship by marking his territory ... all over my lap and the blanket he was wrapped in.

His puppy stage was not awful, and we thanked our lucky stars that he was not a chewer. The only item I can remember him destroying was my husband's Oakley sunglasses.

(By the way, these are not cheap. Why he would spend more than $100 on a pair of sunglasses is beyond me. I tend to lean toward the $5 ones, since I seem to lose or break them more often then not.)

For obvious reasons, Kevin was not a happy camper, but he took the good with the bad. From Kasie's puppy breath to the times when, exhausted after running around so long, Kasie collapsed and we could lift his paw in Hulk Hogan fashion three times without him opening his eyes, it will be etched in our minds forever.

One of the hardest things we ever had to do was put him to sleep. His health was failing and it was time. Yet, Kevin and I could not bring ourselves to do it at first, canceling the appointment over and over again.

We knew it was the right decision but could not let go for selfish reasons. On that day, we laid with him on the floor in the vet's office for well over an hour, sobbing while saying our goodbyes.

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