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On January 15, 2015 shortly after 6:30 p.m., Ponette took her last breath. She made it almost 6 weeks before deteriorating rapidly. She still had her personality, but her pain episodes were becoming more frequent and pain pills were losing their effectiveness. Ponette, Timo, and I spent the last couple of days together doing fun activities. She was euthanized at home surrounded by loved ones. Thank you Christine for being there for us. The pics are of her first day home and my favorite picture of her.

She was an amazing friend and I want everyone to know about her. So, I'll tell you all a bit about the day we met. I found Ponette at a no kill shelter after we decided that Timo needed a puppy playmate. I forget the name they gave her but it didn't suit her at all. We were told that "the pretty one" was a stray, but they didn't know how long she'd been on the streets. Because her hair was matted, the shelter had shaved her down to about 1/4". I noticed that she was covered in tiny pebbles from laying on the dirt. But she was still SO cute. I had never (nor since) seen another dog with Egyptian-style eyeliner, nor what appeared to be arched penciled in eyebrows. Melanie waited outside in the yard with Timo. The shelter leashed up Ponette so I could take her outside. That's when I noticed what would become one of my favorite things about her. Her gate was different. She kind of pranced. She walked on her toes, like she was wearing heels.

As soon as Timo saw her he was smitten. They played for nearly 15 minutes like they were meant to be. I took her back inside and over the next hour Timo was introduced to several other dogs. But he wanted nothing to do with them. Finally, I brought Ponette back outside and the 2 of them tried to lick my face while I was removing her leash. Apparently they decided that "the pretty one" was coming home with us.

After we got her home and things settled down after lots of playing, it was clear that Ponette had been abused at some point during her 4 months. If any male voice was louder than conversation level, she would freeze, squint repeatedly as though she was expecting to get hit, and pee. Even though it was obvious she was expecting a smack to the face, she never flinched. I can only imagine that she had been used to standing there and taking the abuse because she just wanted to be friends. It was heartbreaking because she was such a loving dog and gentle dog. It took years, but she eventually stopped being afraid.

Some of you got the bad news and have been very complimentary in saying that she had a great life and was lucky to have me. I thank you, but I honestly think that I am the lucky one. Ponette was stoic, loving, and amazingly forgiving. She was better than I am. In those ways, I wish I was more like my little girl.

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