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My beautiful boy Munson, by Joyce D.

I first saw Munson in a shelter. Here was this tan and white lab/husky puppy with one blue eye and one brown eye looking so sad in this kennel. I stopped dead in my tracks, took one look at him and couldn’t walk any further. I knew I had to adopt him.

Munson was a shy dog at first, staying in his crate until he felt comfortable with us. Slowly, he started to relax and fall in love with us as we did with him. He loved all his toys, especially the squeaky ones. They would be torn apart within two minutes. We thought since he loves to play with his toys and tennis balls, let’s take him to the park across the street from our home and play catch with him. Well, we threw the ball and instead of Munson going to get the ball he started to run straight home. We never laughed so hard, and I still think of that moment every day.

My husband fell ill and was in and out of the hospital for weeks on end. Here I was with this puppy, and I remember saying to him: “It’s you and me for now.” Whenever I came home from seeing my husband in hospital, Munson wouldn’t leave my side. He gave me such comfort and love. I was so thankful I had him.

I saved him, but technically he saved me.

In the latter days of his life, Munson became diabetic and went blind from the disease. I promised him when he was diagnosed that I wouldn’t let him down. That I would make sure his diabetes was under control no matter what it took. So, for three years we tested his sugar, fed him every 12 hours, and gave him his insulin. He was a champ through it all.

What I didn’t expect was to lose my beautiful boy on November 10, 2022 to bloat. He was two weeks shy of his 13th birthday. Until this day I have one question: Why?

For the rest of my life I will think of you Munson. For every dog and cat I rescue will be in honor of you. I will give them the treats you couldn’t have. Until we meet again, beautiful boy. I love you!!!

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