We will do anything for our pets! In 2003, at 8 years of age, Babe, a Yorkshire Terrier, was a rescue from a breeding farm.  We cared for her and nursed her back to health. She was my buddy as we moved several times in the pursuit of jobs.  You don’t always have the benefit of having human friends, but a four-legged friend loves you unconditionally. Then four years ago, she developed an allergy to regular dog food.  After several vet hopping appointments, we found one who saved her life.  But at 17 years of age, she was in her decline.  For so long, I had tried to save her life that I had adopted a regimen to keep her alive which my daughter likens to hospice.  But in the end, my blind, Alzheimers affected, deaf Babe started to show signs that she was in pain and losing strength.  It is an agonizing decision but now I am at peace as she is, too.

— Teresa from Williams, IA