She always wore a huge doggy smile and had eyes that spoke volumes. 'Misti Girl' was much more than just a house pet to Twila and Steve Dupree; she was family.
"She meant everything. She was more or less our life," said Steve Dupree.
"She was like my heart and soul. When I lost her, I lost a piece of my heart," Twila offered.
The Zephyrhills couple raised Misti Girl since she was a puppy. She was a stray they rescued, found walking in the roadway way back in 1989. Through thick and thin this Australian Shepherd was always there, a constant in their lives for 23 years.
"My first seizure I had, she went behind my head and propped my head up," Twila continued.
"To make a long story short, I was bedridden and she would lay right there with me the whole time."
Twila calls her a miracle dog, but age ultimately caught up with Misti. After nearly a quarter century, she passed away this week. Twila and Steve were forced to put her down due to her declining health.
They believe she was one of the oldest dogs in the Bay Area. According to Guinness, the oldest in the world was 26.
"She's never let us down. She's always been there, she's done everything but talk," Twila said.
"I believe Misty went to heaven, I do," Steve said.
They'll never forget Misti Girl, the dog that lived a long happy life and seemed to add years to theirs.
"She's been a good one," Steve added.
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