This memorial page was created to remember our dearest Dante born on 01/01/2000 and passed away on 03/04/2016. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.

Dante came into my life about 10 years ago, just as I was entering adulthood. He was 6 years old by the time I took ownership of him. Unfortunately, he wasn’t getting along with one of the other residents (dogs) living at his house and therefore his owner sought out to find him a new home. He was the first pet I was solely responsible for. He taught me how to be selfless and how to put someone else’s needs before my own.

Fast forward to a few years later. After taking Dante to the vet for his annual physical, it was discovered that he had a heart murmur. Thankfully, it wasn’t too extreme at that point and meds were not yet required. Fast forward another year later and I was working at that same vet clinic. In my 4 years of working there, Dante was diagnosed with not only a heart murmur, but congestive heart failure, an enlarged heart, Cushing’s Disease, arthritis, PLUS he tore his ACL. He was taking five different medications a day, three of which were twice daily. It was such a blessing to be working at an animal hospital where most of his medical treatment was discounted. If it hadn’t been, he probably would not have survived as long as he did.

I’ve had several dogs in my lifetime, but there was something so very special about Dante. I used to always compare my relationship with him to that of the dogs and owners featured on the cartoon version of “101 Dalmations”. He was my canine counterpart in every sense of the word – silly, goofy, never took himself too seriously, tripped over his own feet a lot, just like me. I know he was pretty uncomfortable towards the end, but he still had that spunk and infectious smile and the will to live. He was such a champion and was so happy to be around me, even if it meant all we were doing was watching TV.

Dante is the first being that I TRULY loved with my whole heart that has passed away. I can honestly say that I’ve never experienced sadness like this before. The grief has been intense, but when I think about him, I’m able to smile and remember all the wonderful memories he and I shared with each other. The decision to euthanize him was the hardest choice I’ve ever had to make, but it was also the very best gift I could ever give him. He was my best friend and my most favorite thing in the entire world. I will always cherish being his mommy. RIP, my Dante Dude. You are so loved. I will miss you, always.

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