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In April of 2001 I adopted a little girl I named Eris (fka Echo) from the Husky Rescue of Dallas. Eris was new to the rescue...approx. 6 months old. Eris joined her new family which included myself and my 2 year old female husky, Hera. Hera was an owner surrender I adopted from the Carrollton Animal Control. Hera and Eris became quick friends. That was really the only way. You see...Eris made quick friends with everyone she encountered. She was a very smart girl and learned all her commands quickly. My two girls even attended obedience training and won ribbons for performance by the end of our class. Some of their favorite pastimes included going to the White Rock Dog Park and chasing anyone who could run. Eris even drooled she was so excited to be there. She would talk to you in the car when she thought you weren't parking the car quick enough to let her out to play.

Shortly after I adopted Eris...I lost my job and eventually became a full time student again. This was the best thing that could happen. I spent a big part of my day walking, playing and napping when I wasn't in school. Hera and Eris LOVED this. And the three of us bonded in a very special way. Hera was the older and wiser sister and Eris loved to pester and talk to Hera when it was her nap time. Hera loved every minute with her new friend. And they were two little comedians to me. Always entertaining me and themselves in the most childlike ways. They even dressed up for Halloween last year. Hera as a sunflower and Eris as a daisy. And Eris' trademark was sleeping on her back will all four legs up in the air. She'd lie like that all night. Hera even began mimicking Eris' moves.

In July 2002, Eris became suddenly ill. She was hospitalized and given 24 hour care for 5 days which included exploratory surgery. Doctors ruled out cancer and toxins, but on August 2, 2002 she died of liver failure. Eris grew wings and flew off to heaven. My baby lived more in 2 years than most dogs will in a lifetime. God needed a funny girl to entertain him, and I know she sleeps right next to Him every night. Even though it hurts the whole family to have lost her...I would never have had it any other way. She made the past few years so special for everyone that she was worth all the heartache and pain I feel when I think of losing her.

Eris' life was truly a "happy tail" and I'm excited about adopting another husky in the future. Hera and I are still healing from the loss and thankful for all we gained knowing Eris.

Jennifer Tomlinson


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