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Atticus, therapy dog at 8 weeks turns TWO!

Atticus is two today! We got him at 8 weeks in May 2011 to cheer us up, as my partner, Christine, had been diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a progressive,terminal,illness. She died at home,with him on her bed this past June 2012.We were together 14 years and have had many big dogs but wanted a small dog that could easily get up on her lap & bed. She has always had older rescues and really wanted a true puppy. Needles to say I was concerned about taking care of her and having a young pup but I couldn't have gotten through this time without our wonderful Atticus. He has brought joy,laughter,and cuddles to both of our lives and is now my ROCK. I thought I'd share some pictures of him with Christine. I have debated whether to share my personal story in such a public way but it is really about Atticus. In two short years he has brought unimaginable love and comfort to our home in a time of great sadness. So Happy Birthday my little boy,you are certainly My Therapy dog (I plan to get him certified and do Hospice therapy visits in the future) Thanks for letting me share the story of my sweet Atticus and the joy he has brought to us both. I also want to thank this Forum which has helped to keep me distracted, entertained, and connected these past 2 difficult years!
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I'm so sorry you lost your love...your post really brought tears. It looks like she loved Atticus & he brought happiness to her life as only a puppy can He is a super cutie and you are so lucky to have him there to hug and keep you company...good luck on your therapy certification! Happy Birthday Atticus--You are a super hero
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Happy Birthday sweet Atticus (yet another wonderful 2011 pup!)

I'm so sorry to hear about your partner (not sure if I was just oblivious to this or if it hasn't been mentioned before). How terribly difficult and my heart goes out to you.

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I'm so sorry you lost your love...your post really brought tears. It looks like she loved Atticus & he brought happiness to her life as only a puppy can He is a super cutie and you are so lucky to have him there to hug and keep you company...good luck on your therapy certification! Happy Birthday Atticus--You are a super hero
Gertchie said my exact thoughts! Happy Birthday, Atticus! You both are very special!


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What a heartfelt story...thanks for sharing. Atticus is very special indeed! Happy Birthday sweet baby! I'm sure he continue to bring joy into many lives.

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Congrats to Atticus on his birthday and all the good work he has done at home and in the future. Beautiful dog, glad you have him and him you.
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Happy Birthday, Atticus!!!!!

Your post brought tears to my eyes, too. I am so glad that Christine got to experience the love of Atticus and that you have him now to love.

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So sorry, Jody, for the loss of your love, but glad that Atticus was able to bring Christine such happiness during the dark times in your lives. I am sure he will be a great comfort to you as well as the memories you have of him with Christine. It's nice that she had time to experience life with a puppy. Take care and we are all here for you and Atticus whenever you need us.

Happy, happy birthday, Atticus. You and I have the same birthday, although I'm a bit older!!! Guess we both have a special day today. Enjoy.


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Happy Birthday Atticus! It's a special day for a special boy

I'm sorry for your loss. Getting Atticus certified to continue bringing love and joy to others will be a beautiful tribute to Christine.

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Thanks for your sweet replies , no I hadn't mentioned this situation before.It has been nice, really, just to be a dog person to the Forum Folks. I know many of us have our troubles,and I do appreciate people sharing when the time is right. Now as it has been 9 months since her death I am recovering. I really was unsure about sharing but my connection to Atticus and the love this Havanese has given, every day to us, our nurses,caregivers, Christine's children ,grand kids,and all of our many friends who have come by, has been exceptional. Only you folks can understand how much these little guys have to give.As I celebrate him and his B-day it just seemed so much a part of it I let it out.
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