It has been three weeks or so since the departure of Herself' otherwise known as my companion of some 13 years and I am coming to terms with it now. Many of you were very kind with your replies and transmissions of condolences and for that I thank you. I am a real hardass but this has been a very difficult time for me as I still want to set up Her bowl at feeding time each day. Her Daughter; once Princess Apparent And In Waiting; now The Queen and Alpha Female of my pack, has assumed that role and kicks her brother's ass regularly, sometimes just because she can! The new Queen's brother and son of Herself is is the animal who appears my avatar who weighs in at 130 lbs. now and She weighs a mere 45 lbs.! It may interest you to know that one of Her Grandchildren got loose and mated with.........the WOLF (And I mean pure fucking MacKenzie Valley WOLF!) who lives in the living room of the person who cares for the Grandchild. Well, as is the nature of Things, there were offspring, one of which is very large and white. At only three weeks this little white monster HOWLS! He demands first shot at the titties; driving away his siblings until he is satisfied and has filled himself; a tactic in the Way of Things. This little fucker's eyes are barely open and he is already an ALPHA MALE! He is a TRUE XXXXXXXX-dog and will continue the line of her beauty, intelligence and love! Thank you again for your kind replies! WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!