12/7/2005 - 6/29/2019Krystal

Remember the day we met? I sat down on the patio of your foster parent’s home, and you ran up to me, looked me straight in the eyes and said – would you make me your furever daughter? – then you ran off to play with the other pups and kept coming back asking me the same question, and you kissed me every time.

I brought you home that day and we snuggled each other until it was time for bed, then you cried, so I brought you into the bedroom with me and you went right to sleep. I called your foster parents and said “I’m keeping her – we are two peas in a pod”.

You taught me to truly love, to be patient, to forgive, not hold grudges, and how deeply animals can love their parents. You came into my life when God must have known I was going to need you.

You were there when no one else understood, with all the things in life that were out of my control, and personal issues I could not seem to fix. You let me hug you when I needed someone to hug me, you have kissed me when I was sad, and you have brought so much happiness with all your incredible cuteness and huge personality. And, you have saved me millions of dollars in therapy. You have been an inspiration to look on the bright side of every day, when I talked over my day with you, you paid attention, and taught me to have better listening skills myself.

When we fostered Oscar Man you accepted him as though he was one of us. Then you kissed him goodbye when it was his time to go to Heaven. When Dylan was mourning you would walk up and love him and stayed close to him until he was feeling better.

The day you adopted your brother, I then knew there must have been a reason why Dylan had come into our lives, and the two of you bonded from day one. When he said goodbye to you, he gave you face rubs and stuck his face in your ear like he always did, and you turned and kissed him, one last time.

We have spent almost 14 years together and every day it has been a privilege to be a part of your life . . . so amazingly fulfilling to have you in mine. My heart is broken, but my soul is in a better place because of you.

Together Forever, As We Promised

Mom and Dylan
Susan RichardsIndianapolis, IndianaJuly 1, 2019
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