Elizabeth, that's amazing how similar our journeys have been, with our dogs. The very reason I write -- other than to sort myself out -- is to help even one person feel less alone, so my heart is full knowing that this essay had that effect on you. Thank you for taking the time to let me know, and I hope the rest of your time with your new dog brings lots of love into your life.

Writer and mother. On a mission to fill the world with stories that tell the truth about women—and with women who tell their stories.