Hi, Mark! I have to admit…..I had never heard of you before I read your book, Rescuing Sprite, a couple of weeks ago.

Since reading your book, I have learned a little more about you and even though we are on the opposite ends of the political spectrum, we are very much in sync in the dog lover department.

I had to put my 17 1/2 year old Yorkie/Silky Terrier to sleep at the end of October. He had been suffering with doggie Alzheimer’s for about two years. We adopted him out of the Brooklyn shelter when he was 14 yrs. old, so we only had him for 3 1/2 years.

Anyway, in those 3 1/2 years, Dean became my soulmate…..my friend…..my confidant. We shared everything….we were very close.

So, when the time came to make that very difficult decision, I was devastated. We were on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard with all four of our dogs. Dean was not doing well, and we wound up having to put him to sleep up there…..at a clinic we had never been to before….with a vet we had never seen before. They were absolutely wonderful to us, and the process couldn’t have gone any smoother. However, it was absolutely the most horrible thing that I’ve ever had to go through and now, six weeks later, I am still suffering. I think of him all the time, and cry every single day….maybe not always “bawling” but I do shed tears for him every day. I miss him terribly.

I remember you having alot of these same feelings…….being devastated, feeling intense guilt because you were the one to make the decision to end Sprite’s life, etc.

What I’d like to know is……are you still hurting? Have you been able to make some sort of peace with Sprite’s passing? I am still having a difficult time and would love some advice from you because you seem to have experienced many of the same agonies that I am experiencing.

Anyway, I’d love to hear from you if you have the time. Thanks, and thanks for writing the book. It helped me immensely.

I am attaching a picture of Dean….taken on the morning of the day that we let him go.

Janet from NJ