After returning from Monterey last week, I received upsetting news from my sister.
Abby, her beloved Sheltie - my niece and one of my parents "granddogs" - succumbed to old age.
I cried and cried when I found out.
Abs and Alex (brother and sister) joined the family 13 and a half years ago, and have been part of every family gathering, holiday and visit, and (I believe) are partially responsible for healing wounds that were rent in our family.
She was a willful girl, right to the end, and we'll miss her.