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BEAR

Britton Images Studio Mascot "Bear"

Bear November 2011

Saturday March 3rd was the very worst day of my life!  My beloved & adored little boy left me to cross over ‘The Rainbow Bridge.”  Bear was my companion, studio greeter and bff.   There will never be another Bear.  He came into my life about 12 years ago as a stray.  When no one claimed him I adopted him, never once regretting my decision since he brought more joy to my life than I can even put into words.   “Me & Bear”  became inseparable….he came to the studio every day for the last seven years and was my official greeter.  Everyone loved Bear because he was always smiling, happy and ready to plop down for a belly rub.  I mean this dog just loved belly rubs, how could anyone with half a heart not be melted by his awesome personality.

He also had a humongous, brave heart that never stopped giving!  For the last year I knew something was not quite right but all the tests in the world could not discover anything to worry about.  For many years he was treated for hypo-thyroid while battling an enlarged heart for the last 2 years, but he never complained,  barking happily and squealing like a little piggie when it was time to go for a walk.  Oh how I miss the barking & squeals now!!  Just when I decided to take him to a specialist in the US about a month ago it was suggested he once again be given a chest x-ray.  That’s when I was given the news that he had contracted lung cancer which had metastasized from another area of his little body.

For a month he battled that awful disease just to stay with me.  Twice he lost his ability to walk and eat but I nursed him 24 hours a day to see him come back the first time for about two weeks then once again for a week after taking him & not being able to go through with it.  This last time was a little different though, he seemed really tired like his will and spirit were slowly dying so I needed to finally make the decision that I dreaded so much.  I wanted him to live forever, my faithful little buddy.  What will I do without him, I couldn’t even imagine.   Dr. Deluca and staff  at Waker Rd. Animal Hospital were so kind, gentile & thoughtful.  I sat right beside him, gazing into his eyes as his head lay on my arm.  He passed ever so gently, my little baby Bear.   I swear a little piece of my heart went with him that Saturday night and I will miss him more than I can even begin to say.  Bear, will always be my bff!!  I consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world to have been blessed with such a wonderful friend.

My friend James Zedd took this shot the afternoon Bear passed

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