Anyone who has ever loved a dog...and has had to say a final farewell...will love this beautiful piece from my friend Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaff.
Our two canine "children" in the photo above - Shadow, the older Collie, who looks like Lassie and turned 6 a few months ago, and our little girl, Sunny, who is 3 - are wonderful companions and guardians. Both have very sweet temperament and love every person they've ever met.
Some day, "that day" will come. It's part of our obligation as pet-owners. It's never easy. But as Sarah's touching post points out, our lives are richer for having had our canine friends, and saying good-bye is never easy.