Its been a very long and pretty harsh year, well mostly the summer. It started in May when my aunt passed away rather unexpectedly. My aunt battled cancer for many years, she was in remission while she helped my mom through the last year of her life only to have her own come back and end her life far too early. That was just the start and while pets are not as significant for some, I don't have any children so these are my children. After my aunt passed the hubby and I flew back to my home town to help my brother go through a lot of the stuff. We had 2 full houses of clothes, furniture and other miscellaneous things so we kenneled the dogs for a few days and took the first trip together in many years. We came back to find our dogs in an awful state, Lizzie was sick and began her decline. We let her go July 5th.