6/20/2013 - 2/19/2020Balin was an extremely loyal companion. He had little patience for strangers, but he sure loved and protected his people. Few got to see what an absolute sweetheart he actually was. I'm going to miss those ear nibbles upon arriving home, and the lazy mornings on the bed when he would accept endless belly rubs. He has had a lasting impact on who I am today because of what the experience taught me of patience, trust, and acceptance. He had a tragically painful last month with me, but there were glimpses of hope, of the old Balin I used to know. Making the decision to end his suffering was one of the most difficult I've had to make in my life. He was happy to have his friends visit until the very end, and I am glad he got to see many who loved him before he passed. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to share his life with him and am devastated I had to say goodbye. I love you and miss you, buddy <3Ian JoslinSeattle, WashingtonFebruary 21, 2020
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