I may take a day or so off as my Girl Dog, the Mother of the Big Boy whom you see as my avatar, passed away this afternoon and I'm having a really, really hard time typing right now. She was my constant companion for 12 1/2 years. She had a stroke under my desk after having been given a tummy rub, loves and hugs and quietly crossed to chasing bunnies in the sky. She was rarin' and goin' right up until the last moment of her life in this plane and was the most wonderful of friends for many years. Her place in The Pack will be succeeded by her daughter whom she trained as the Beta Female. I will bury her tomorrow, wrapped in her favourite blankie, in the field that she loved so much. Hoist one or two sometime for our Lupine/Canine companions and never miss the opportunity to touch the animals for which you care. Thank you for reading. Uptown.