Shakespeare was a cocker spaniel who jumped into his new “mommy’s” arms from a pet shop counter in Harlem three days before Christmas.
He became a constant companion as he walked the streets of New York with his family. He spent countless hours in Central Park on weekends. He was allowed to attend dance classes in the evenings, and he even rode the streets of the city in a little red wagon as he got too old to walk very much.
In November of 2003, he became very ill, and nothing the vet could do seemed to help. In desperation, his family took him to a large medical facility where they did extensive testing including an MRI, before finding there was nothing left to do. The medical bills were expensive, but his family would have done anything, borrowed from anywhere, to help him recover.
A letter from Shakespeare’s family…
“When he died on November 14, 2003, my heart was forever broken at his loss. To honor his memory I began the Shakespeare Animal Fund, in hopes that many others who love their animal companions as much as I loved Shakespeare, but perhaps can’t afford to pay for an unexpected illness or any other medical expense, can be helped. Below is my tribute to my dear and beloved friend, Shakespeare.”