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On an early spring day in 2010, Dr. Katie saved the life of an 8-year old Westy, who came to be called Boo. Knowing that my wife Mary and I were grieving the recent loss of our 18-year old kitty Lucy, Katie introduced us to this little bundle of energy, wonder and joy.

It was love at first sight.

For the next four and half years, Boo was the center of our lives, the best friend I ever had, and a bright light in an often very dark world. She was Mary’s little shadow, and Boo and I were rarely apart. She came to my office every day, and sat next to me as I worked.

They were the best years of our lives.

In October 2014, Boo suffered what appeared to be a stroke. After extensive testing, she was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. With great tenderness and compassion, Dr. Katie performed euthanasia as we cradled Boo in our arms.

Months later, the deepest of emotional holes remains unfilled. In time, perhaps we will get past it. Yet we know we will never get over it.

So imagine our surprise when a letter arrived a few weeks after Boo’s passing. The return address read only: Boo. There was something she wanted us to know…

Dear Mom & Dad,
You always told me that I was the best thing that ever happened to you. You are the best thing that ever happened to me. You gave me the life and the love I always wanted. You made the last part of my life the best part of my life.

I know how much you love me, and how much you miss me. We will be together again.

Until then, do this for me. Please make the last part of your life the best part of your life. And when it ends, we will cross that Forever Bridge and run into each other’s embrace, never to be separated again.

I love you both, and I am with you still.

From: Tom Saler,

Monona, WI