I love all of my dogs, more than anyone will ever know. But once in a while, one of them wiggles into your heart and settles in just a tiny bit more than the others. That was Lucy. From the day I saw her - a scraggly puppy with wild eyes, a keen determination, and the playfulness of four puppies - I knew she was meant to be with me.
For nearly 16 years, she followed me everywhere. When I was sick, she was by my side. She perched behind me on the top of the sofa while we watched TV. She threw herself between me a dogs three times her size if she ever thought I was in danger. And she just plain loved me, as I did her. I can still feel the softness of her coat, her kisses, and - most of all - her never-ending love and devotion.
My heart is in pieces without her, but I know we'll meet again. Rest my beautiful girl. I'll love you forever. I'll never forget you and I hope you never forget me.