My Mom and Jerry only had Taz for 5 short years. He was the cutest little black Chihuahua you had ever seen. He came to them through a Chihuahua Rescue when he was just 1 year old. When they got him, he didn’t know what love was. He didn’t know how to play ball or chew on a bone. He didn’t know what hugs and kisses were. Slowly and surely, my Mom, Jerry, and the rest of us showed him all of these things. Taz was with my Mom and Jerry almost every single day for those 5 years. There were only a couple times that my Mom left him with me for just a day or so while they took a quick trip. Other than that he was with them 24 hours a day 7 days a week for 5 years. My Mom noticed that Taz’s stools were black. He showed no other signs or symptons. When she took him in the first thing they thought was that he had an ulcer. After 2 days of medication he was not any better so we took him to the animal emergency hospital. It was there the next day that he had an ultrasound that showed a mass on his stomach. The poor little guy had to have surgery to remove part of his stomach and part of his small intestine. It went down hill from there very quickly. His tissue around the surgery site was not strong enough to hold the stitches and complications set in. He had to have a second surgery to try to fix it. There was no guarantee this would work. Then on top of that he got pneumonia. He steadily declined. We had no choice but to put him to sleep. This was the hardest and saddest decision that my Mom has ever had to make. How to you put your best friend down forever? How do you make it through each day without your constant companion? We knew this was the best thing for Taz even though it wasn’t the best thing for us. We tried to give him enough hugs and kisses to last us a lifetime but it still was not enough. There isn’t a day that goes by that I just wish I could pick him up and kiss him one more time. I want to tell him how much I love him and what a great little man he is. He is deeply missed and can never be replaced. You will be forever in our hearts Taz and always loved.