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Introduction: On March 21, 2002, our dog, Cheyenne, passed away after a brief illness. She was the sweetest dog in the world, and we loved her dearly.

Over the eight years she was with us, one of my favorite things to do was to tell anyone who would listen to me the story of how we found, then adopted, Cheyenne. Many people told me that I should write it down, partially because it is such a great story, and partially because of the enthusiasm with which I tell it. It always seemed like a good idea, but I never got around to it.

After we lost Cheyenne, we were devastated. She was more than just a dog to us; losing her was like I imagine losing a child would be. It was by far the worst thing that has ever happened to me, and Stephanie took it even harder.

The weekend after she died, I sat down at the computer and started writing the story of how Cheyenne came into our life. I had no idea what I would do with it when I was done, but I had so much pain inside, that I thought it would be a good outlet. By the time I was done, I had written nine pages, and some of the pain was eased by remembering how much joy she brought into our lives.

The adoption story then sat on my computer for a year. I had every intention to go back to it and finish it, turning it into Cheyenne's life story, but for whatever reason, possibly because it was such an integral part of the grieving process, I kept putting it off.

Then, in Spring of 2003, as part of my final class at Elmhurst College, I had to create a web site. I had mentioned over the past year that I might want to put Cheyenne's story on the Internet, so I figured now was the time to do it. So I hauled out the narrative I wrote the year before and converted it into the web site you see now. I added to the story of Cheyenne's life, and also put in a bunch of the pictures that we collected over the years she was with us. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed living it!

And if this story inspires you to bring a little "furry person" into your life, I hope you will consider adopting one from your neighborhood shelter. Cheyenne was not a puppy when we adopted her, but whoever said "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" was full of baloney. Older dogs have just as much love to give as younger dogs do. Take it from us!

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