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When I was 9, I went with my sister to the shelter. There were three puppies waiting to be adopted. The first two were calm and collected with short blonde hair. The third one was brown/black and super furry. We wanted to adopt one of the short haired blonde ones. She was very sweet. If I remember correctly, we went to fill out the paperwork, and found out that she had already been adopted.

Still determined, we went back in and played with the litter again. My sister and I decided to pick the super furry, adventurous one. Boy, did she have an appetite for Cheetos. She kept squeezing through the bars and booking it down the isle, but came right back when we waved a Cheeto around. We named her Brownie because she was mostly brown. My sister claims we named her Brownie after the dessert (but that was only after she turned blonde like her siblings.)

When my sister couldn't keep a dog with her in her apartment, Brownie moved in with the family. My little brother, little sister, Brownie and I were like a little gang. We took her on walks together, played tennis with her, played in the jungle gym with her, watched her play with other dogs at the park, ran in the rain with her and threw balls for her. She trusted us like no one else.

Eventually, my siblings and I moved out, began long term relationships and entered college. Brownie held the fort at home and formed a new pack with my Grandparents. Wherever they went, she was right behind them. (They also had food.) In all seriousness though, she heard Grandpa's car before he even got to our block. She loved them very much. They were old and slow together. (So adorable) Brownie was 14 when we learned she was very sick with Lymphoma. We had to put her down. It was the right thing to do, I love and miss her very much. She lived a fulfilling life and I'm grateful she was part of mine and my siblings lives.

Albuquerque, NM

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