"On January 1, 2015, Connee saw the picture of Petey on the computer," Tom told The Dodo. "She saw his face and said, 'I want him!'"
At that point, Tom and Connee had found out that the cancer, which had previously gone into remission, had spread to her brain. Where before they had thought she would be a cancer survivor, they now realized that they had to make each day count.
Even though it was difficult for Connee to travel, she was determined to go meet this little Chihuahua who had been found on the streets and brought to Pasado's Safe Haven to try to find a real home. The couple drove two hours to meet Petey and adopt him.
"Connee wanted a mate for Vida, her little PomChi," Tom explained. The couple, at that time, also had Shiloh, a big dog who was already over 13 years old. Connee was worried that once Shiloh passed away, and once she herself was gone, Vida would be by herself. "She wanted to get Vida a friend. And Petey was that guy."