Our Shitzu we got when she was 4 weeks old in 2003. She ended up with a back injury in 2006 which caused her a short term paralization. After 2 years of pain and her legs giving out, we ended up having her put to sleep. There were no more options for our Sissy. She was a part of our family, and she was actually a gift to my DH for fathers day. But, Sissy was a character, she was loved by everyone, even strangers. After her passing it was very difficult for all to deal. We had another dog...rat terrier..MeMe. We had hm for 10 yrs and they were two peas in a pod. but, he also ended up passing from a heart murmur his past March 2009. Losing tow special dogs has been heartbreaking. Well, we ended up getting another dog 5 months later and the day we got him there was much excitement and a smallvoid was partially filled. It will never be the same w/out our MeMe and Sissy. Well, the day we got pocket we got him home and we tarted taking pictures of him and the family. And in one of the pics its very clear....Our Sissy was sitting behind DH letting us know she is still here. My heart warms when I see this pic....to know how much she truly loved us...her spirit still roams in our home and around us.