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My little Shadow, Stella
26th November 2005 ~ 20th August 2018,  I have had dogs all my life and I’ve loved them all, but every once in a while a really special dog comes along.  Stella was my “Heart Dog” and I feel so lucky to have had her in my life. She was such a funny, loveable, goofy little dog and she was always with me, either in the car, lying at my feet at work, on long walks together or cuddled up on the couch watching TV.  I miss her terribly.

When Stella was diagnosed with EPI she was initially prescribed a plant-based enzyme substitute, which did nothing.  I was so relieved to find this wonderful forum full of information and supportive and caring people.  It was my lifeline as I slowly got Stella back to chunky monkey status and we went on to have 10 more wonderful years together.  Thank you everyone, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Letting Stella go was a heart-wrenching decision, but a diagnosis of stomach cancer was something I couldn’t fix for her.  When it became apparent that things were not going to improve we made that final visit to our wonderful vet where Stella passed away peacefully in my arms.

Stella, you will forever be in my heart,
Mary Ann Townsend