10/14/2006 - 4/23/2020Having to say goodbye to my baby, Sweetness, was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my entire life. All dogs are special but she was my heart dog, my soulmate and truly the first love of my life.

We said our goodbyes in my moms backyard and gave her the most beautiful send off that we possibly could. I smudged and called in the 4 directions to bless and protect the space and to have spirit with us to help guide her home. I was able to hold her in my arms as she passed and her sister Bellaboots was able to be next to us.

I have always told anyone who was willing to listen that Sweetness saved my life. She found me when I was in one of the darkest places and brought me back to life. Among the many things she taught me, the most profound was how to give and receive unconditional love. She truly was my angel.

Throughout the 13.5 years we were together we had some of the best adventures. She always brought something extra special to every experience and I don’t think there was ever a person who she didn’t immediately win over. She would invite herself up on your lap whether you were ready for it or not....It was as if she assumed everyone showed up JUST for her to love them. Her puggle snuggle was the best and absolutely impossible to resist.

The sadness and grief that I’m feeling right now is so intense that I’m physically in pain. I know that it’s not going away anytime soon so I’m just trying to remind myself that she’s not suffering anymore. She went blind a few months ago and shortly after she developed dementia that progressed pretty rapidly. Despite how challenging this quarantine has been, I’m so grateful that I could be with her for every single one of her last minutes to hold her and comfort her when she was so disoriented and stressed.

Sweetness Marie, I will love you forever and will never stop being grateful for your presence in my life. Bellaboots and I will miss you always.
Jennifer KecChicago, IllinoisApril 25, 2020
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if Tears build a stairway- and memories a lane sweetness I would walk right up to heaven Oct 14 1996 April 23 2000 and bring you home again sweetness .ann kec - April 30, 2020
True to her name, from the moment I met Miss Sweetness Marie, she was the sweetest and most gentle of souls. We shared stories about how much she means to her family and friends, and the endless amount of love she had to share with anyone she met. It was my honor to help Sweetness transition peacefully in her mom's arms and it was the least I could do for such a beautiful girl. Thank you, Sweetness, for finding your mom and loving her unconditionally.Tyler Johnston - April 26, 2020
Thinking of you and sweetness. I lost my baby Neeko yesterday of 15 years and having a very hard time myself. It sounds like sweetness was one sweet girl!Stacy Hobby - April 26, 2020
How have I known Sweetness her entire existence and NOT known that her middle name was Marie?!?! Actually, I probably did. You know how my memory is. Lol I love everything about Sweetness. Every time I got to see her she was so happy to see me and that's right, she went straight for the lap! Lol You know how much I adored her and how much I love you!!! This too shall pass but your amazing memories of her never will and that is the best part! La la la la la la 😜 Love you Bud!Christine Puccillo - April 26, 2020

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