"Spock brought us all joy when it was scarce"

Two years ago my mother was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and I was terrified because life was always just the two of us. So, as was her way to care about others' needs, my mother encouraged me to find comfort in the love and routines of a new puppy. She was the wisest woman I've ever known...

Spock is almost 2 now, and she is my best friend, a source of hope and strength through the darkest and most trying times of my life. She brought us all joy when it was scarce. But most of all, she taught me to embrace life and help me stay present and mindful every day."

- Kate, Puppy Mama in Portland, Oregon