from Nancie Guido
Totsie was my favorite female. Sweetest pup ever . . . She was the "runt" of the litter and we found out shortly after she was whelped that she had a serious heart condition called Sub Aortic Stenosis (SAS), the only pup out of nine to have any health issues. Renice decided, as an ethical breeder, to keep her as we had no idea how long she would live. With regular monitoring care and supplements, Totsie lived almost six full, wonderful years. She was a beautiful show dog, but Renice limited her exposure due to the possibility it might stress her heart. Oddly, it was not her heart condition from which she died but rather cancer.

After spending time on Renice's back porch in a rocker holding this bundle of sweetness when she was a pup, I named her after one of my mentors as I was growing up: piano teacher, Totsie Placek. Thank you, Renice, for making Totsie part of your extraordinary life and allowing the veterans you serve through your Therapy Dog work and others to love and be blessed by knowing her. Also, I owe you a debt of gratitude for your dedication to all your "peeps" and this breed.

Young and sassy!