We said goodbye to our dear Renee too soon. We took her for her last walk through a nice grassy paddock, just as she would have liked. It was warm and sunny, and despite her struggle to walk, she was happy and in her element. When the time came, she went to sleep quickly. It was all impossibly quick. So as a cherished chapter comes to an end, a new chapter begins. Home is not the same without you. We laughed and cried last night in thought you, how you’d bark at us when you were ready for dinner, and how you’d run into the bedroom at dawn, jumping up on the bed for tail-waggingly enthusiastic good morning before settling into a comfy warm spot. Happy, content, full of love, and loved. I will always smile at the memory of you and remember how we spent your lifetime together beneath the trees in the backyard playing, racing you at the beach, and big happy reunions each night I’d arrive home from work. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, and plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. You gave that to me, and that’s what I hope you’ll take with you, wherever you are. I hope we meet again soon in some form, somewhere sometime somehow.