Dale, that is so touching and beautiful
It's simple, really. This forum and Gucci saved my life. 2006 was a horrendously awful year for me, I was diagnosed with some rare auto-immune disorders, painful ones at that and I was in a really dark and sad place and used to cry and sleep.. and feeling sorry for myself and riddled with pain and anger at the un-fairness of it all, and somewhere in that haze...I thought that if I was going to be alone and 'home and sick all the time' and wasting away, I decided to get a dog to keep me company and get me focusing on something else than my illnesses and with that decision, one of the best ones in my life...not only did I have a wonderful little fluffy girl that pulled me out of depression and actually helped my health problems improve, I ended up with some great friends who I will have for life, many on this forum and I've made friends with other local hav owners that don't really do the forum thing, (even though I tell them how cool it is
) So that is the very condensed story of why I am a member here, not to mention, I needed some help with puppy rearing and I couldn't have done it without this forum
As for the health problems, the lupus, and the other rare ones, I still Have them but I am doing better and the medication is tweaked well enough where I can function most days normally, and the days that I am in bed and feeling rotten..I have her by my side snuggled up sleeping the day away with me and its amazing her loyalty and how the companionship has benefitted me in such a positive way.