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Dying Woman's Last Wish
Patricia Cudd is looking for the perfect home for her dog
Patricia & Sherlock - Photo by V. Richard Haro/The Coloradoan.

Patricia Cudd was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and was given just six months to live last August. While others in her shoes would be checking items off their bucket list, Patricia has only one wish—that her five year old Pit Bull mix, Sherlock, finds a loving home.

Patricia adopted Sherlock four years ago from the Longmont Humane Society in Colorado. Like many rescue pups, Sherlock was initially wary of Patricia, but they eventually became the best of friends.

Patricia says that Sherlock taught her how to have fun and, after her diagnosis, helped her get through chemotherapy treatments.

Now Patricia's cancer has progressed to stage 4 and she's determined to find the perfect home for Sherlock. Patricia admits that Sherlock can be territorial and protective, but is one of the most loving dogs you'll ever meet. So a family without other pets would be ideal. For the five years Patricia and Sherlock have lived in Fort Collins, Colorado, they struggled to find landlords who would allow Pit Bulls, so Patricia was worried that it would be hard to find an adoptive home for Sherlock.

Fortunately Patricia's appeal resulted in 400 emails and 150 calls, in just one day! Patricia is currently screening the messages to find the best home for Sherlock.

“It breaks my heart,” Patricia told The Coloradoran, “But if he could go to a good home, it would help me so much. It would give me peace.”

If you're interested in adopting Sherlock, call (970) 775-0797 or email rubyphoenix36@yahoo.com. Since it sounds like Sherlock has many good homes lined up, perhaps instead consider adopting another dog in need in Patricia's honor!

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Photo by V. Richard Haro/The Coloradoan.

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Submitted by robin | April 19 2014 |

Dear Patricia....for those of us who love deeply, and are single, even with friends, your situation is one of our greatest concerns. I hope Sherlock can stay with you until/if you must part on this planet, and that you are able to screen and find the most patient and loving and understanding of people who he will get to know beforehand. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. I have a pup who is protective and a bit territorial as well. It takes very special people, and clearly you are one of us.
Keeping you in our hearts,
Robin and Lali

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