Hannah was a present to me after I graduated from nursing school. She was my very first dog I could call my own. I never imagined I would have the bond that I did with her. Her love for us was unconditional and so pure. As a puppy, she loved to curl up next to us on the couch and soak up all the attention we were willing to give. At first, she was very shy and timid but everyone that met her fell in love with her. She had such a sweet and lovable personality. I would take her everywhere with me. She always knew when I was going somewhere and would follow me around the house until I put her collar on her.
As she got older she grew to be more social. Any time Kevin and I would go to the home improvement store she would go with us. We always knew it would not be a quick trip. She thought everyone there was there to pet her. She did not hesitate to walk up to people and expect them to give her attention. It was so hard to watch her age and watch the pain of arthritis take over. She was a very healthy dog except for the arthritis. She never gave up, all the way till the end she would try to play and go for walks. It broke my heart to see her in pain. She gave us 10 of the best years of our lives. She made us smile and laugh every day. It was the hardest decision we have ever had to make to put her to rest. But we did not want to see her suffer and knew it was what was best for her.
I am at peace knowing that she is in a much better place, happy, healthy, and pain-free. The house feels so empty and quiet now. I look for her to come out of the garage as I pull into the driveway. I miss saying hello to her when I get home from work and saying goodbye in the morning as I leave. She truly was my best friend. She taught me so much about unconditional love. She will always have a very special place in my heart and will always be my baby. Love you, Hannah, see you again someday.