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While casual observers often mistook her for a fox, Momo-chan (11/22/1992 - 12/13/2007) in fact was a Shiba Inu of rare beauty and exceptional charm. Before entering my life at the age of six, she had already enjoyed considerable success in her career as a breeding and show dog -- "super mom" and "super model." Momo-chan was more than just a pretty face, however, and impressed all who knew her with her sweetness, intelligence, independent spirit and infectious joie de vivre. Her name, which she acquired at the time of our mutual adoption, means "Little Peach" in the tongue of her native land. Her personality was larger than life -- so much so, that on several occasions when I picked her up at the kennel after an out of town trip, I found myself expecting her to be physically larger than she actually was.

Even during her long and increasingly debilitating illness, Momo-chan bore herself with a cheerful and resolute mien, and remained indomitable until the end. Having her euthanized was the hardest and most painful decision I have ever had to make. It was the right thing to do, but it has left a vast, aching emptiness in my home and in my heart.

Sayonara, Momo-chan. Watashi no iki-gai deshita.


Stan L.

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