::Update:: 2/25/2014:: Melissa’s THANK YOU
After being in Kuwait and literally picking up the pieces of my friends, I felt completely disconnected from life. I was rejected by family, lost a marriage and many of my friends. I rarely left my house.
Then, in one of those rare moments, I met Layla. She sat down on my lap and pressed her face against mine. I said, this is my dog and took her home that very same night. She would force me out of bed in the morning by slapping me with her paw and decorating me with toys. We started taking trips to the creek, where she learned to swim. And we went out everywhere together: parks, pet stores, camping, hiking, fishing, getting ice cream and cheeseburgers.
I always knew she was special but, this community has made me see just how special. She changed minds nearly everywhere we went. “She’s a Pit Bull? But, she’s so sweet,” people would say as she showered them with kisses. And now, all of you see how special she was too. You selflessly gave to help my baby girl, my doodle bug, my sweet pea.
She brought so many people together and her memory not only lives in me but in each of you.
Thanks so much for all of your support.