Bullet by Laurie Kaplan / You will be in my heart forever

I was adopted by Bullet at my local shelter on 9/19/92. I had no intention of adopting a dog but, even so, there was a 58-pound 18-month-old husky in the back of my car when I left. A toyota celica no less. Bullet somehow won my heart in a split second and has had it ever since.

I often just watched him silently and marveled at his beauty. We went dog sledding and snow shoeing, did a great deal of hiking and bickered constantly. He was a very opinionated guy.

At 9 years old, Bullet was diagnosed with lymphoma and underwent a 75-week chemotherapy protocol. He went into remission immediately and held that remission for 4 years and 4 months.

At 11 he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and atrial fib. Over the following 2 years, many vets warned me that Bullet could just go at any time without any warning.

At 13 years and 8 months old, my sweet boy went into kidney failure and five days later died at home, in my arms. That was just 9 days ago – or maybe I should say it was 9 very long days ago. Still, I treasured every moment with Bullet and wouldn’t have missed it for the world, not even to escape the pain now that I’ve lost him.

Bullet has helped many dogs and will help many more dogs try to survive cancer as he did, through the book that he inspired called “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer.” This is his legacy and through it
his spirit will live on.


The love of my life, the dog of my dreams,
Laurie Kaplan