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posted Jan 22, 2016, 1:03 PM by Christa McElroy
I grew up watching Lassie and Timmy on TV. I always wanted a collie after that and in 2002, I found a puppy who had a detached retina and no one wanted him. I took him and we soon became best friends. We had some trouble with separation when I went to work which led me to adopt a kitten from spca. Thomas and Angel were best buds and my plants and furniture were left alone.

When I started thinking of marriage, I told my now husband he had to pass the collie test, and since we are now married, he passed with flying colors.

We moved from central California to central Oregon. Thomas loved to run and play in the snow and meet new people. He was so gentle and kind. Then, in November 2011, he got sick and I took him to the doctor. While he was in surgery for his teeth, his lungs stopped working. The vet spent an hour trying to bring him back, but nothing worked.

My beloved Thomas was gone. The vet said he had cancer. My only comfort was knowing he went in his sleep and didn’t suffer. There will never be another collie like him. We still have two other dogs and I want to wait until I can look at Thomas’ picture and not cry. I will never forget him and he will always be a part of me.

I know he is in Heaven waiting for me, so I will see him again. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND AND GOOD NIGHT.