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Phoenix came to us through a family member who had adopted him, after six weeks she found she didn't have the time this beautiful boy needed and he came to live at our house. That was the end of July 2009.

May 13th this year Phoenix was diagnosed with lymphoma. Completely unexpected and out of the blue. After nearly two years with this intelligent, dignified friend, at the age of six we were to have him only another seven and a half weeks.

How do you measure or repay pure joy? Phoenix was a true gentleman all the way to his final transition in the vet's office a week ago. Our little man will live in our hearts and as his companion Bonnie grieves with us, we know we were truly blessed to have known, and loved this remarkable fellow.

Ken and Patty Lefner, Glendale, Oregon