My name is Patrick Connolly. I want to share some
thoughts on my little Cocker Spaniel. Her name is Lillie. I named
her for my late wife Lillian. I got her on Valentines Day this year,
2007 from a breeder, Darlene Marx of Moonstar Cocker Spaniels in
I am 79 years old and severely crippled with arthritis. My wife
Lillian died last year, 2006 on August 14th. I loved that good woman
for a lifetime and after I lost her...this is hard to confess...I
had little reason to go on and was borderline suicidal. I had even
made plans. Family and friends were concerned and tried to get me
to have someone in the house with me. I resisted.
Then, six months later...I cried many times every single day of
that six months, my Lillian was my life....I answered Darlene's
ad in Newsday. She had a litter of Cocker Spaniels for sale. I called
her and she described one very special puppy among that litter.
I yelled, "SOLD!" and my brother Andy drove me out to
Ridge to get my puppy a few days Later.
When Darlene brought her out, it was love at first sight. She had
been born December 23, 2006 and was thus a little more than seven
weeks old on that day. I now have had her for more than nine months
now and she'll be one year old in just a few weeks.
This little creature has changed my life. Little did anyone believe
that a crusty old geezer like me would be going around calling my
little four legged love "sweety" or "baby".
Family and friends now tell me that I am a new man, thanks to my
little Lillie. They have seen a day by day improvement in me that
I do not know what it that binds dogs with people. Dogs know. They
see inside us. Lillie has saved my life and I love her so very much.