(yes, she could tuck herself in like this)
The thing they never tell you when you get a puppy? Is that people far outlive dogs. Yesterday, we had to face that fact ourselves and put to sleep a loving and loyal member of our family.
She was the first joint anything that Husband and I had.
She chose us, the only pup in her large litter to cross the room the moment the gate was opened, climb into my lap without hesitation, curl up, and go to sleep, as if to say, "You are my person. End of story."
She died quietly, her head in my lap, her recently sad eyes no longer suffering. Where we buried her, we will plant a lilac so that we can always remember her with a smile when that glorious scent wafts across the yard in the springtime.
But no other dog will ever be my first, my loved, my sweet and beautiful, Thandie.