Jan. 1, 2020: Mariah I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to create your memorial site. It wasn't that I ever forgot you for you brought joy into my life when I needed it the most. With a new year upon us I'm now taking the time to reflect on the joy and memories you gave me in the brief time (3.3yrs) we shared together and post a tribute so others could know the Precious Soul you were to me.|
Mariah's story: In 2007, I had been searching for a canine companion to help fill a void in my life, then through PetFinders website I saw your precious face posted online from a local rescue. I checked site often until I decided "you were the one." At the time, you were in a foster home -- a farm, but because you didn't get along with other dogs you were kept in a barn separate from other animals and companionship. I went there to meet you and seeing you curled up in a corner of that barn, all alone, just broke my heart so I had to bring you home.
Because you didn't get along with others you were sent from place to place never knowing love or a real home for very long. You didn't trust humans and were very skittish so I believe you had been abused in the past. You initially displayed an aggressive personality which was a real challenge at times so I had to be patient and show affection; however, you also displayed a sweet demeanor that melted my heart. So after a month trial period in my home, in Nov 2007 at age 7, I adopted you from Fur Keeps Animal Rescue in Barrington Hills IL - giving you a chance to spend your remaining years in a warm and loving home. I made Mariah the promise that my home would be the last one she would ever know and I kept my promise until the day she left this earth. Our time together was cut short to cancer.
I remember how after signing the paperwork to make this your permanent home, your personality changed almost immediately. You went from displaying stress and restlessness to a calm and peaceful demeanor. I was amazed at this change; it's as if you didn't feel at home until I made that commitment.
When the vet ran tests and an x-ray your cancer was discovered and too far advanced. After the news, I took you home to spend a few hours with me to say good-bye. Though I'd been through this pain of loss too often -- it's never easy. I continue to miss you but often think back of all the smiles you brought into my life for a brief time. You'll never be forgotten Sweet Soul.