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  "Little Man"

  January 2, 2012

"No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love
or to prepare our hearts for goodbye



We'll never know why you were abandoned by your previous owner, left to wander the streets alone and ended up in a shelter.   Maybe they didn't want to deal with the serious injury to your spine...
Whatever the case we wanted you out of the shelter ASAP!


The boys had to give you the "Welcome" once over.




It didn't take too long to forget your fears.


You found the best spot in the house  ~  in the sun by the back door...



You weren't very pleased with some of your prototype underwear...


You weren't a big fan of the yard yet and quickly wanted to come back inside to be with us.



It wasn't long before you figured out the "wait" before rushing the food bowl...


You did however love to play with everything in the toy box!



You could be a little brutal with the toys but in your defense, we think you did that when you were experiencing
shooting nerve sensations down your back...




We knew your cute little young body could never be repaired...
But still hoped there was something we could do.



We knew you hated wearing diapers because it wasn't how you wanted to live.



What we wanted was a miracle, and have you recover.



You did get to enjoy some walks with the boys...



Santa brought you some toys but he couldn't repair your little body.




No medications worked well enough to make you happy.



Always holding on to your favorite toy



Sadly, we knew what you wanted us to do.....



It's So Hard....   To Say Goodbye.


"Rusty"  The Little Man, With A BIG Heart !

We wanted you to experience love and security, maybe for the first time in your short life.
You left this world with us by your side telling you how special you really were.
Rusty's brief presence in our lives will always be remembered with fond memories.


You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.

That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you these short months...
My partner 'til the end.

Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.

And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.

I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.


Special Thanks to:

Dr. Scott Anderson for going way above and beyond the call of duty giving Rusty so much extra time and attention.
Dr. Mike Shedan for his compassionate assistance with Rusty's last moments.
The wonderful staff who put up with me.

All of the dedicated volunteers at IMPS who provided their help.

Special thanks to Heather Bohanan with Friends Of Penny
for answering questions in my tons of emails, and being such a good friend!



Rusty Is Interred In The Brandywine Green Section
 Of Faithful Companion Pet Cemetery
Ulster, PA


 Jamesgphoto 2012