I adopted Sashi from the Providence Animal Rescue League when I was in college. She was more like a person than a dog. She would look at you intently when you were talking and really seemed to understand what you were saying.
We had a lot of adventures together and she was a great judge of character. She was very mellow and responded to very subtle voice commands. I always had trouble getting her back from dog sitters because she was such good company they always wanted to keep her.
As she got older, she developed severe mobility problems with her hind legs, due to arthritis or degenerative myelopathy. One day when she was 14 she woke up and could not stand at all. She looked in my eyes and seemed to be saying, “Please make it stop.” When we got in the car to drive to the vet, she immediately relaxed. She passed away peacefully in my lap. She was my doggie soulmate. I’ve had other great dogs since her, but she was that once-in-a-lifetime dog I will never forget.–Emily Fromm