My beloved Brittany, Belle, my companion and best friend, shared life with me for over 14 years. It was just the two of us for most of that time. Our house cat and buddy, Vinnie, came to join us a few years ago. My memories of Belle are warm and tender, memories that will remain close to my heart forever. She was “the one” — I’ve had other dogs in my life but she was it. She came to me at a time when I really needed a best friend. It’s hard to put into words how much she meant to me and how very much I miss her company.

In her later years, Belle had become the most gentle and loving companion. Dogs become more dearer as they age. Anyone who has ever loved a dog knows they never live as long as you wish they would. The past year I knew Belle was slowing down and becoming more tired. The last few months of her life I spent most every day with her, leaving her alone for only short periods of time. I wanted to be with her as much as I could because I knew I was going to have to part with her. Peacefully, my cherished companion left me on September 18, 2016.

I can’t find words adequate to express my appreciation to Dr. Lori Lowery for helping me with Belle at the end of her life. She and the staff at Caring Pathways are absolutely wonderful. My Belle was treated with such compassion and respect. I thank you again for everything you did for us.