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Cody’s body was returned to us in a small cardboard box. I couldn’t resist taking one last look at him before putting him in the hole we spent an hour digging into the half frozen ground of our backyard. Amazingly, he looked exactly like he did when he slept, but only one thought raced through my mind, “Did we let it go too long?”

 

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Brandy Dieterle lives in Merrillville, Ind., with her dapple Dachshund, Cece. After earning her bachelor's degree in English writing from Purdue University Calumet, she wants to pursue a career in editing.

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