In February of 2011, I had a cat who passed away after 16 years. It broke my heart to say good-bye. A few days later, my husband surprised me for Valentine’s Day with what a box…& in it I thought was a furry little bunny. I said no way to a bunny…he said look again & it was the cutest little Pomeranian Shihtzu puppy I ever laid my eyes on! For the 1st 6 months, he liked to sleep under the bed…in my shoes…whereever he could find a warm place to lay his head. He was so tiny but furry & full of playful energy. At about 6 months old, we took Harley to the beach. It was the 1st trip we took him on with his older sister Maddie (a pit-lab mix). It was on that trip that he 1st came into bed with us after that…we totally bonded. This dog was by my side (literally) every step I went. He slept under me & laid on me anytime I was on the couch or in the bed. I cant tell you how much love this dog has given my husband & I over the past 3 1/2 years, especially coming from a couple who has tried to have kids for several years, with no luck. This was our baby boy. Fast forward to July 2014, little Harley was not feeling too well. We took him to the vet & after several tests, he was diagnosed with lymphoma. We spent several weeks taking him to chemo (this broke my heart because it was the 1st time he & I were ever apart for a night) & he started perking up. His lymph nodes started to go down & he was getting back to being Harley. Unfortunately, this “remission” was short lived & by the end of September 2014, the lymphoma came back & with a vengeance. It is now nearing October 1st 2014 & I sadly write this story because we are nearing the end of Harley’s short life. He is not eating much anymore & is very lethargic & tired. I cannot bear to think of what the near future will bring. I am writing this story partly because it is therapeutic for me to do so but also in a way, it is to celebrate his life. Although Harley has not been on this Earth for long, in the short time he has been here, he has brought us Blessings beyond our imagination. I found myself thanking God each & everyday for bringing such a wonderful dog into our lives & once he is gone, I will thank God for allowing me to be his mommy.