Our daughter Alissa passed away after a battle with leukemia in August 2006 at 25. Her life was not easy. An endocrinal deficiency required her to take growth hormones until she was 16. She grew to only 4 feet 9 inches tall and experienced some learning problems. In her late teens, she had pneumonia three times in six months, which required her to be hospitalized. Nevertheless, Alissa had a great fighting spirit and handled obstacles with strength, courage and determination.
The loss of Alissa left a gaping hole in our lives — as if someone had put a hose through the roof of our house and sucked out all of the happiness and joy. As the first anniversary approached, we needed something to move us forward.
That something was a cockapoo we named Baci.
My wife, Susan, and daughter Jenna had been looking for a dog. I was not as enthusiastic, but they persisted. On July 26, 2007, Baci arrived in our lives from a pet store called Love My Puppies in Wantagh.
That night, I came…
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