In Honor of Kobe





I adopted Kobe from the Henrico County Animal Shelter. When I saw him in the cage, I told him I was coming back to get him and when he looked at me, I was sure he understood me. We brought him home on March 5, 2008. My son, Aaron, named him Kobe, after his favorite basketball player. Kobe was the perfect dog. He tolerated my two-year old nephew, Christian but by the time Christian turned five, he and Kobe had become best friends. In June, we noticed that our energetic dog was sleeping a lot and losing weight. We took him to the vet and after ruling out other easier to treat diseases, it was determined that Kobe had hemolytic anemia. After a couple of weeks of treatment, he was not improving so the vet said we would have to make a decision in a few days.

We were devastated but we tried to make his last days comfortable and filled with love. Kobe passed away on June 12, 2011. We came home from church and found him 'asleep' in the foyer.

Kobe was a member of our family and we miss him terribly. We love you, Kobe!!!!!!

I'm not gone...not really.
I haven't gone away...I've only gotten bigger.
My eyes, so bright, now shine among the stars.
My voice sings with the wind in winter, as I leap
And dance among the tree tops.
I stalk the blown leaves in autumn, and brush the
Flowers gently in the spring.
I come to you in dreaming, on feet grown dreamtime soft,
And lay my cheek against yours, and whisper:
"Peace be with you."
Someday we will play again together, you and I, among the stars.
'Til then, fear not to love, for your love gave my life meaning.
And I return that love to you...a hundredfold...a thousandfold...