It was the first Friday after the first of November, 1996. That morning I picked up a newspaper on my way to work and immediately turned to pets in the classified section.

Willy at 16 weeks sitting under his first Christmas Tree

Willy's first Christmas Tree at 16 Weeks.

Photo by Margaret

In 1990 I met and later married my soulmate. We were happy and had big plans for the future. Before long I found myself in a house with a mortgage and living the American Dream.

Our Black Labrador Retriever Willy

Willy the Wonderful Water Dog

Photo by Margaret