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I was visiting a friend of mine in New Harbor, Maine for Thanksgiving in 2008. In July of that

year I had lost my pet Italian Greyhound - Sophie, and it took a long time to get over that loss.

The day after Thanksgiving we went Christmas shopping and ran into a man with the cutest

little black puppy and stopped to talk to him. He told me they had closed a puppy mill and the

shelter was full of small dogs. We headed to the shelter and it closed just as we arrived.

As I was leaving in the morning my friend knocked and asked if I could at least see the dogs

as I wanted to adopt a new puppy. As soon as I saw little Cricket (Cookie back then) I knew

she was the one for me. Someone else had an interest in her and they asked if I was at

all interested in any of the other dogs. I told them I believed in fate and if it was to be it

would be. I filled out the necessary paperwork and left for NH the next day. The following

Monday my friend called to tell me that I would be getting Cookie. I drove the 4 1/2 hr drive

back to Maine and picked up my precious little dog and renamed her Cricket. She took to it

easily. For some time she would hide under the bed whenever I came home until she was

absolutely sure it was just me. I tried to acclimate her with other dogs and people but to no avail

so I decided she had been traumatized enough for one little life and I would not subject her

to any further pain. We are inseparable and her love for me is unbelievable. I think she

is as happy as she could possibly be in a one dog home. I know I am.

Millie Walker
Ocala, FL

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