The Reyna family is mourning the passing of their longtime pet.

At 17 years old, Bullet was well-known in Erath and Comanche counties, and in 2006 was voted Erath County’s Pet of the Year, gracing the cover of the E-T’s calendar.

“Bullet was not just a dog, he was part of our family,” Amy Reyna said Thursday. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘Dogs are better than most people.’”

And in Bullet’s case, that may be true.

The family adopted Bullet, a Border Collie, when he was just six weeks old and he became an important member of their family. 

“He was very, very protective of my daughter Maci,” Amy said. “When she cried as a baby anyone but me was subject to getting bit.”

In 2015 Bullet was diagnosed with bone cancer.

The family took Bullet to Ark Veterinary Hospital where Dr. Marlon Hobbs removed a tumor the size of a grapefruit from his ribs.

From then, Bullet was in and out of the vet with a myriad of problems and on Wednesday, he lost all use of his hind legs.

“That’s when we made the decision to put him to sleep,” Amy said.

The family is struggling with the loss, but is comforted by the fact that Bullet remained happy until the very end.

“I have a picture of him with Maci 30 minutes before he passed and he was still smiling,” Amy said. “I can’t say enough about Dr. Karen and Dr. Marlon (Hobbs). Bullet was one of their oldest clients and they always bent over backwards to take care of him. I could call them at 3 a.m. and they would be there.

“We are going to miss him.”