Phoebe by Stephanie / Steph and Brian

My husband and I adopted Phoebe when she was 6 weeks old. She was the cutest little butterball I’d ever seen, and such a lively pup. She was my first dog. We adopted her even before we were married. She quickly won the hearts of the entire family, including my parents and my husband’s parents, brothers and sister. She was so smart, quick as a whip. She was well behaved, well trained, and so loving. It was amazing to me that, just to look into her eyes, I knew she loved my husband and me as much as we loved her. We got married, and the 3 of us moved into our new house, and we were as happy as could be. My husband and I often talked about how great she was, and how lucky we were to have her in the family.

We truly appreciated what we had in her as a friend and companion, which made it so hard when she got sick. She had a seizure one Saturday. It came as if out of nowhere. It had never happened before, and scared me and my husband to death. We took her to the vet and were dedicated to figuring out what caused the seizure, and doing what we could do to get her healthy again. We had exhausted the capabilities of our small-town vet, so we took her to a specialist. They determined that she had Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), a rare, Pug-specific form of brain swelling. There, unfortunately was no cure. We were able to control the seizures with medication, giving her a high quality of life, though it was only temporary. It seemed like a long battle, and she was truly a fighter, but it was a battle we would inevitably lose. The PDE caused her system to shut down on January 17, 2002. She was just 1 year and 9 months old. It was very, very difficult for my husband and I to bear. She was our “child.” But we are so very thankful for the time we were able to spend with her. She showed us so much love. And now we have but only to look forward to the day when we are reunited with her in Heaven. She has touched so many lives, and
she will never be forgotten.

To Phoebe with love. We know you are always with us. Until that day we see you again…missing you, and thinking of you always.


In our thoughts always,