My dearest soulmate (My Gal Val)-
I think you were a beagle mix. You came to me only to love me. You and I got a lot of exercise every day looking for each other in the house if more than 20 minutes passed, without us knowing where the other was.

We initially found one another on February 13, 2002. I named you in honor of Valentine’s Day. It was a cold and rainy day (you hated to be cold and wet). You spoke to me with your eyes and it felt that we had always known one another.I picked you up and fell in love. The Vet said that you could be anywhere from 2-7 years old. I think now that you were probably even older, even though you looked like a puppy until up to a year ago.

You hated thunderstorms, being left behind, and getting your teeth cleaned. You loved me, being clean, Petco, and food. You barked only about 6 times in all these years and instead spoke to me with your eyes when you needed something. You were a sensitive and gentle soul who promised to be the one to take me to the light when my time comes.

Val, I learned SO much from you. I hope to honor your love. At the end, when the Vet came to your favorite spot in the house to euthanize you because of the pain of inoperable thyroid cancer, the birds all gathered in the window to say goodbye. A tear fell from one of your eyes because you knew how sad I would be. What a blessing to have experienced that kind of love. I hope that I made you as happy as you made me. I’ll remember that love, that joy, our trips together, the fur between your paws, your happiness at just watching a butterfly flutter about in your beloved yard with the Redwood trees, caring for Grandma, welcoming Mijo, and helping to heal “E” who was in therapy with me because of neglect,and being with me when I found Justina’s body. When life got tough, your eyes said, “Its OK Shirley, I’m with you”.

Our hearts are connected. Everyone could see that. I will forever miss the soothing sounds of your nails on the floor, the jangle of your collar, and your snoring at night. I am so lonely, but know that we will forever be connected. Check on me now and then. You are buried in my heart.


I love you, Best Friend