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Thank you and Hello and a little about Domino

I want to take a moment to introduce myself and thank you for your warmth and support during this most painful time. I have received several emails and PMs from the sweetest people on this site and I am grateful for each and every one. They really do help.

We lost Domino just two weeks ago. Sadly we only had him a short 5 years. Not long enough but our time together was filled with so much joy, love and laughter that I would not trade it (although many more years would have been a bonus).

I discovered Havs when my sister bought one from a breeder in NJ. After spending much time with him, we fell in love with the breed. Natalie and Russ A in Florida invited us to come visit them and meet Domino. He was to be my son's dog. We knew that he had just turned 1 and was not placed earlier because they really weren't looking for his forever home mainly due to a pretty pronounced underbite which came to the front when his adult teeth came in. After meeting him and another puppy at Natalie's, Jonathan said that he wanted to try and adopt Domino because he worried that no one else would want him. We went to Florida, met him and back to Michigan came Domino.

He was perfect for us and just quirky enough to blend in. With those darned teeth we called him the Cheshire Dog because he always looked as if he was smiling. I had to teach him everything. He didn't bark, he didn't know that chasing the ball also meant retrieving it, he didn't know how to walk on a leash and he really didn't know that my carpet was not his personal toilet. But he learned because he was a Hav and so smart.

He was the most athletic dog I had ever owned. He would greet us with flying 360s and his adorable howling and his jumping on our legs to say hello and it would always make us laugh and marvel at what a wonderful creature he was. I often wondered what would happen when he was too old to jump up and I was too old to bend down. Sadly that time will never come.

He loved me more then any other dog I ever knew. He was my morning alarm clock, my afternoon pick me up and my bedtime buddy. He soothed me when I was sad and asked to sit on my lap when he needed some comforting. He truly was my velcro dog - my best, best friend. I knew him so well, when he was happy, when he was sad and when he didn't feel well.

Our mutual admiration society continued everyday and even in his last days he turned to me for comfort and my strong arms. On his last night, I lay with him on the floor for hours and then I held him for a few more hours. I knew he wasn't doing better so we rushed with him to the hospital. They gave us hope that he would respond to treatment and I really believed because I wanted to. I really thought that my little fluffy little Domino would be fine but sadly that was not the case.

I miss him everyday. The way he woke me up in the morning, his howling, his spinning, his insisting that only I was capable of opening the door for him to go out, his belief that going for a walk meant that I had to go as well or well, it just wasn't worth doing according to him, his barking at the top of the stairs so I would come up and bring him downstairs so he could workout with me and geez those were stairs he wasn't going to attempt, how he understood my every word when we walked together and his tail would begin to drag and I'd say "Domino where's your tail and floop it was back on his back, his look of love and admiration when he looked up at him and those darn teeth! How I loved those darn teeth and the little dog that was part of them.

He was a delight and I pray that I will find another best friend a fraction as loving as him.

RIP my little Domino. I miss you more then I can express. I am grateful for our time together and pray for the day when I will see you again.

Mom (Hedy)

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Hedy, I know how it hurts and so do many others here. We're here to help ease your pain in anyway we can.

You may find comfort in reading others' stories in this thread:

I'd also encourage you to post Domino's story and a picture of him in it.

May God bless and comfort you in your loss.


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You two sound like the perfect pair. Shoot my mascara is all over my face reading that. Oh what a beautiful story of love

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Thanks for sharing your story of Domino with us. I know how much you're hurting right now. If there's anything I can do to help, let me know.

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Oh what a lovely tribute to Domino. I'm so sorry for your loss. Do post a photo of him if you have it. I'd love to see his perpetual smile.

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Hedy- I am so touched by your story of Domino. I lost my sweet Panda over a nearly a year and a half ago, and I know how painful this is. Thank you for sharing Domino's beautiful story with us.

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I have no clue how to post a pic but when Kimberly comes back from vaca I'll ask her. She has a pic of Domino on her site. It's not the best but his happy face always makes me smile.
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My heart breaks for you and your loss. I wish you peace and joy as you remember your sweet Domino.

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I'm sitting here crying all over my computer. Your story so resonates within me as I've gone through the same joy and pain more often than I care to remember. You're lucky that your heart is open to another special soul who will come into your world and grace it in his/her own special way. I promised myself the last time I lost four over a two year period that I would never get another animal. The joy, I told myself, was not worth the pain. I was, of course, wrong. It honors their lives that we put ourselves out there again to experience the purest kind of love.

I know you'll find that perfect fit and it will help fill the void left by your very special friend. It won't be Domino or do the wonderful and unique things that he did, but it will surprise you with gifts of its own. I hope you find it soon. God bless!

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What a hearwarming tribute to your beloved Domino. Now we all him a little better and has warmed our hearts as he does your still. While you may never have another Domino, you will someday decide it is time for another Havanese to love. Hang in there, we all care.
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