This post is for a very dear friend of many many years, who on his holiday morning woke up to find his much loved Scottish Terrier Lorna had crossed over to Rainbow Bridge. Lorna was old by Scottie standards, 14 and a half. Although I am sure she was huffing and chuffing as only a Scottie can do, she hadn't been feeling well. Every pet owner dreads the time when they have to make that decision to euthanize an ailing companion. Believe me, I know how we wrestle with this one.
Instead, while it's hard to imagine, he was saved from that final act by Lorna, passing along, in familiar surroundings, near her loved human and in her sleep. It's what we would all wish for. Not all Christmases can be merry, and in this one, bereft of joy there was still a blessing and a gift.
I lit a candle for Lorna, she's got good company waiting. While you left us in tears, you've also left many many good memories and they will bring a smile to us in all the days to come.