Shawna joined our family 13 years ago this May. She was the last yellow Lab of the litter and no one wanted her because she was what is called a Duddly Lab. This is a condition where the nose and around the eyes lack pigment so they're pink instead of the customary black. Shawna ran right over and jumped up on me and that was the beginning of a 13 friendship. Shawna was more than a dog to me, she was my best friend, we did everything together, if I went for a walk she came, if I went fishing she came.Heck! If I went for a ride in the car she insisted on going. When she was about 6 months old the vet found that she had Heartworm which surprised me since she had regular vet visits and was always on heartworm medication. The vet suspected she may have had it since she was at the breeders kennel and was clueless why previous blood tests didn't find it. She weathered that battle and it never appeared to slow her down . At two years old she was diagnosed with Diabetes which progressed over the years where she required 2 injections a day to keep it in check. Even with all this it did nothing to slow this dog down. She never met a body of water that she wouldn't jump right in and swim around if given the chance. She would sit right by my chair at night and listen to me rattle on and I swear she understood everything I said! When I was having a bad day she'd come over and just rest her head on my leg and somehow the whole day just seemed better. The last year of Shawna's life she lost most of her eyesight because of the Diabetes and arthritis ravaged her joints but she still was the happiest dog you'd see even with all her problems. I found myself fighting wiith my vet on treatments which I still believe gave her a few more pain free months. Two weeks ago Shawna lost her fight for life and while some would say "she's only a dog" I'm devestated!! I still miss her terribly and I'm hoping the pain goes away soon. It's like I lost one of my kids which I'm sure sounds strange to a few but that's the way it is. I'm hoping Shawa is in a better place now and hopefully I'll see her again someday. Sorry for rattleing on for so long.