I miss my dog

It's been a sad week at my house. On Monday, we had to put our 11-year-old brindle boxer to sleep. This was less than a week after she was diagnosed with a disease that accelerated rapidly. We're still adjusting. And it might be a rather long adjustment, because as those of you with a dog know, they really do become part of the family, the givers and recipients of much love.

"Therefore to this

dog will I,

Tenderly not

scornfully,

Render praise and

favour!

With my hand upon

his head.

Is my benediction said

Therefore, and for

ever"

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from "To Flush, My Dog"