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I got Ava as a tiny little puppy, only a few months old. She went by many names: Princess Ava, The Avanator, Ava dog, Ava pup pup, and many more. Ava brought joy to everyone around her and never met a stranger. She didn't mind when I dressed her up in cute little outfits but she did NOT like when the groomer put cute little bows on her ears. She was always by my side and I took her everywhere I could. She loved riding in the car with me on my lap and loved to try to order food for me when we went through drive-thrus. I celebrated her birthday every year and would put a little birthday hat on her and gave her doggie ice cream and a new toy. She loved her toys- her squeaky toys she would pick up in her mouth, throw them, pick them up again and then ferociously (as ferocious as a shih tzu could be!) shake her little head around while she made the cutest little growling sound. She loved tearing out the squeakers in her toys! She also loved big, crunchy leaves and sticks and would carry them around in her mouth before she started tearing them apart. She had a big sister kitty, Bella, and while Bella didn't quite know what to do with Ava or how to play with her, they got along very well and they would both lay next to me on my bed at night. When I gave birth to my son and brought him home in his car seat, Ava would poke her little head inside to look at the strange, tiny new puppy brother she had. In her final months when her health started declining and couldn't walk that great, my daughter loved when I put Ava in her baby stroller and we would take Ava on walks. That brought a huge smile to everyone's faces- most especially Ava's. My daughter also used her play veterinary kit to try to take care of Ava and when Ava went to sleep, my daughter would lovingly and gently place a blanket over Ava, hold her paw, and sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to her. Ava was a trooper til the very end and showed everyone how strong, brave and courageous she was.

Thank you for sharing your pure heart and joy with all of us, Princess Ava. You are forever in our hearts and minds and we will see you again very soon. Until we meet again, please tell Bella that we love her and you two take care of each other. We all love you so very much.

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