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It was Labor Day 2010. My daughter Nina, her neighbor friend Diana, & I had been at the beach & the park & were returning home when we saw her. She was tied to my fence, looking anxious & frightened. Diana's uncle & cousin were standing near by. Diana & Nina jumped out of the car & ran to her. As I parked my minivan, they ran inside my neighbor's home. I was taking things inside the house & when I came back outside I saw 3 little sad faces looking at me. It turned out Diana's grandma didn't want any more pets in her house so they were going to have to take her to the pound. Nina started to cry, begging me to take her. I told her to ask her grandma, fully knowing my mom would not deny her. After Nina covered her face with kisses, my mom said yes. Nina named her Wendy. Her previous owners gave her away. I took her to the vet the next day & he told me Wendy was 6-9 months old & very healthy. She's a Chiwinnie which is a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, & the most affectionate dog ever. In 2011 I lost my 101-year-old dad & also had to put my 15-year-old Cocker-Winnie dog named Gypsy to sleep, which totally broke my heart. Thank God I had Wendy who alleviated my sorrow with her love.

L. A. Campos
San Diego, CA

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