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On April 23rd 2012, our beloved German Shepard girl, Nina died in my arms at 13 1/2 years old. She was my daughters first dog, and our first dog as a family. I was raised with dogs since I was 7. Losing one is never easy, and I think about each and everyone of them. But losing my Nina hit me hardest. So hard, that I was sure I couldn't handle the heart ache, therefore, was not going to have another dog.

My husband and daughter however, had different plans. My daughter couldn't bare the emptiness of the house and suggested that we adopt a dog. I said I wasn't ready. My husband kept leaving info of various dogs from different shelters strategically placed for me to see.

Finally, after my daughters pleading, we took a ride to a no-kill shelter. After looking at several cute dogs, I just wasn't feeling it and much to my daughters dismay, I wanted to leave. The director of the shelter asked me to look at one more dog who was actually born at the shelter 5months prior.

My daughter begged so I said ok. All I remember from that moment on was a bundle of boundless energy running into the room and leaping into my daughters lap. Well as you may have guessed, I fell for him! Since adopting Loki, we also got another German Shepherd, a boy this time, & very different from my Nina. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her, but adopting my little guy Loki has been the best way to heal my once very broken heart.

Port St Lucie, FL

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