I just wanted to pay tribute to an old and very dear friend. He was the sweetest dearest dog . We lost him on July 5 2012. He was a remarkable 17 1/2 years old. We found him abandoned in a poultry cage with his littermates at a local fleamarket. From the beginning he stood out because of his little bobbed tail that shook like a cheerleaders pom pom when he was happy. He tugged at my heart strings and I convinced my husband that he should be ours. We were never sorry. He grew up with my children and remained to comfort us when they moved on. He loved toast in the morning and bananas anytime. His only bad quality was his fear of thunderstorms. He was the perfect dog and we miss him very much.