After Connee was gone, Shiloh passed away of old age. But Petey and Vida snuggled up to Tom. Now they sleep in bed with him every night. And even though Connee isn't there, Tom still feels like she's near.
"It was a special journey, as short as it was for us. It was a fairytale to have fallen in love after all those years," Tom said. "Now, I’m surrounded by her love every day. The memories will last a lifetime. We realized that we were each other's soulmate."
Every year, on January 1, the anniversary of the day Connee declared that she had to adopt Petey, Tom writes Pasado's Safe Haven a little note of thanks. This year was no exception: "Three years ago today ... my wife who was battling metastatic breast cancer that spread to her brain, found our beautiful Petey online at Pasado’s Safe Haven, to be a companion for our PomChi Vida, and we fell in love with him. Though my wife passed from cancer that same year ... Petey and Vida were there by her side until the end ... Thank you, Pasado’s, for rescuing him from the Kitsap County Humane Society so he could find his forever home with us!"