Little Bit O'Neil 
 January 4, 1995 - August 31, 2007


I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Remember that song?

I never really understood the meaning of it until now. I also understand the phrase, "What goes around, comes around," in a positive sense.

Since I lost my best friend, my faithful companion, the light of my life and my heart, “Little Bit,” emails and phone calls poured in mostly from people whom I've never met. Their written words and hearing their tears over the phone have been so comforting, and what has gotten me through each passing day.

Years ago, I helped a woman in FL named Sheryl, whom I knew only through the Internet, by suggesting a medication for her dog. She had two more years full of love with her dog, Ditto. At the time, she wrote to me saying, "I owe you a debt I can never repay."

Sheryl recently decided to repay me for her additional time with Ditto. She emailed many of our friends, without my knowledge, and suggested that they all do "something" to honor the Heart of Little Bit.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of people around the world, The Little Bit Memorial Fund has been established. No greater tribute could be paid to this gentle soul who gave so freely of himself in life as a Pet Therapy Dog and as an Ambassador for blind and handicapped animals.

My vet, Dr. Theresa Cianciolo has sole discretion as the use of the fund, whether it be offering medication or treatment for a handicapped animal at a discount, or to waive the cost of an office visit for those who find themselves going through the same financial hardship I did and need a “Little Bit of Help.”

To keep The Little Bit Memorial Fund alive, a percentage of the proceeds of my upcoming novel, Broken Spokes, will be paid directly to Little Bit's fund. Soon, I will write the amazing story of Little Bit's life, and how he reached across the world to touch the hearts of so many.

Little Bit's example in life shaped me into who I am today. I learned how to give, through him. He taught me to continue to fight even when I thought I had nothing left to fight with. Little Bit showed such kindness and compassion and because of that, I am able to share kindness and compassion with others. His spirit and love was contagious, and forced me to grow and share his inspiration with others.

Little Bit was my rock for 12 1/2 years, and my life is empty and sad without him by my side. In life, Little Bit's determination proved to me that impossible.

If you would like to donate to Little Bit's Memorial Fund, the donation information is as follows.

Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital (KBAH)
% The Little Bit Memorial Fund
977 Farmington Avenue
Kensington CT 06037

Without Little Bit's example of pure love and unwavering spirit, I know I would not have the capacity to give freely of myself to others, or to offer support and kindness where I can.

The pain of losing Little Bit is still blinding at times because he touched a part of my heart in a way that no one else ever had. Knowing that his memory will live on through helping others is a start to the healing process I have to go through. If you have a four-legged or two-legged member of the family hug them now, for life changes in the blink of an eye.

I know it will take time, but until then, I'll hold tightly to the memory of the joy and laughter that Little Bit brought to my life and to the lives of many.

Little Bit’s spirit will always live on through me.

Arlene and Angel Little Bit O’Neil

© Arlene R. O'Neil
All rights reserved.
September 2007