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May the stars carry your sadness away,

May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,

May hope forever wipe away your tears,

And above all, may silence make you strong.

–Chief Dan George

My beautiful, kind and sweet girl, Lakota.

My sweet Lakota is 12 years old this year. She has changed my life and brought me more happiness than words can express. Without fail, she has ALWAYS been there for me – In happy times and in sad. You will always find her right at my side.The years have aged my girl and in the past year or two, she has definitely slowed down.

My heart has been slowly breaking the past year, as I’ve seen things become more difficult for her. Recently, she’s seemed to be struggling a bit more. Being 12 years old, I know she is nearing the end of her days so I don’t feel it’s necessary to put her through a multitude of expensive tests that will tell me what I already know – Lakota will be crossing over soon.

This past weekend was particularly hard for her so I spent a good bit of time with her. She has given me and my family 12 incredible years and I know I must do the right thing for her when her struggle becomes too much. I don’t think I will ever be ready to say goodbye to her but I know the time is coming when I must.

I love you sweet girl, more than you will ever know.