Today my companion for the last 18 years, a dachshund I youthfully named Petals has been laid to rest.
Although, in actuality I was her "parent" she always seemed to be the mother. She would walk me to the school bus every morning and pick me up. My mom found this book in a dollar store and said it was too perfect.
I don't want to work myself up again, but it's a sad day to see someone you've seen daily die. I can comfort myself with her being without pain and at rest.