Layla Marie Power

Thu, May 05, 2005 — Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Layla came into my life like a whirlwind on Saturday, May 5, 2007. Stuck in traffic attempting to get through Toronto streets I took a break and found myself wandering through PetSmart, where an adoption event was taking place. One look at Layla and I knew she was the dog for me. Her bouncy, confident, somewhat dramatic-at-times personality took a hold of my heart instantly and I was totally in love with this four legged little princess.

For almost 11 years Layla was by my side for everything. Through the ups and downs life can throw at you, she was my one constant that got me out of bed every morningÖ.for breakfast and a walk without fail. I never felt alone and the house was never quiet when she was with me. Sleeping beside my desk, shadowing me from room to room, or waiting patiently for me to return home, Layla was always there.

Layla led an adventurous life compared to most companion animals. She loved a good road trip and in 2011 we, along with her Nan, drove all the way to Tofino, BC. Layla enjoyed every new smell, new river, new city and road side attraction we could find on that trip. And just as much as she loved long distance adventures, she was just as content to discover a new walking trail at home in Niagara. For a little dog she never let anything stop her or keep her down for long. Challenged by many different illnesses over the years, Layla bounced back each time with a smile and unbelievable tolerance for yet another visit to the vet.

There are so many stories I could share about Layla - snowshoeing, music festivals, canoe trips, a month living in Nashville - she experienced a lot in her short life and she did it all with grace. Layla had her own personality, a true princess spoiled until the day she passed. Loved by so many who knew her briefly or for many years, Laylaís spirit will remain in our hearts. Just as quickly as I she seemed to come into my life, she has left it. Diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer only weeks ago, Layla kept strong as long as she could. Only days before passing she was walking with her doggie friends and annoyed when I insisted she ride in her pet stroller. Independent and fearless until the very end.

Layla passed away at home on Friday, March 23, 2018. She was loved immensely. She had an extraordinary life. Iím thankful she chose me as her human, and Iím heartbroken her physical presence is gone, but I know her spirit will always be with me (as will her dog hair Iím certain!). - Amanda