Goodbye, Snickers

This afternoon we said goodbye to our Snickers, the sweetest dog to ever walk the Earth (in our opinion, anyway). She has had a great life, but in the past six months her physical health has deteriorated. Even with medicines, the pain of normal daily activities has increased to a point where the inevitable decision was made.

Those who know us well know how much joy this dog has brought into our lives over the past 13 years, 2 months, and 26 days. Those who know us professionally or in passing likely also are well aware of our love for Snickers, as she has always been our favorite topic to discuss whenever afforded the opportunity.

She has been a part of our lives for two months longer than we’ve been married, and she joined our family just two short days after we moved to Janesville. She has been by our side for so many adventures, ups, downs and everything in between. She never once complained, and we did whatever we could to show her how much she was loved and appreciated.

I have always joked that Snickers came to us with two strikes against her, because we were at least her third home by the time she was 18 months old. I stopped wondering long ago why no one could see through the boundless energy and unbridled enthusiasm for life, because I realized that she was just doing her best to find her Forever Home. And that is what she found in us.