It has been quite a while since I posted. We have been inundated with elder care of parents and their subsequent loss. By our side all the way were Archie and Olivia, offering comfort, love, laughs and copious love snots. In February, Archie was diagnosed with a tumor behind his heart and left us too soon. Less than ten days later, a nasty tumor was found in Olivia's spleen. Our vet removed it, but with the caveat that it woukd only buys us time. But, oh, what glorious days they were! She was eneergetic and puppyish, a bully queen who ruled the roost and called the shots. And she felt good until her last day, when she felt weak and tired. We kept our promise to her and allowed her release. Now my house is immaculate, silent and without its very soul...no longer a home. We now longer know how to begin or end a day. But, despite the aching lonliness and pain we feel now we agree that, even knowing how we feel now, we would not have traded a single second or penny spent. It was magical. They were our very heart and soul. And someday, when the bleeding wound scabs over, we will invite that joy in again. And Olivia and Archie will forever dwell within us.