When I moved here to the DR from the US almost 9 years ago, I didn´t actually come alone. Someone else came with me who never left my side (except for 8 months in 2010 when she was stolen.. then we found her and stole her back.. hence the "Dog Thieves" portion of the book I published). I got Viola at the end of my freshman year at VT at a free spay and neuter clinic in Viola, TN. I went with a cage and prayed for God to give me a dog that would show others his love. She was people shy, sensitive and we both learned to toughen up and defend ourselves by living with traumatized kids with hard hearts.
Over the years we have stuck it through together and seen many hearts soften and change. Over the past few months she grayed and began walking gingerly. Yesterday we found her peacefully at rest in our neighbor´s yard. I am thankful that she never seemed to get sick or suffer.. just breathed her last after a long and full life. She would´ve turned 13 in March/April. Rest in peace my sweet girl. You will always be my number one canine.