First, Fred, sharing about Herbie’s passing is not self-indulgent, it is sweet and sorrowful and a lovely memorial to a being with whom you shared your life. You don’t have to ask for sympathy because all of us who have loved a dog (or a cat or maybe a guinea pig or a bird) understand the loss felt when our dear friend leaves this world.

The photo of his collar is so poignant. May I share a story of our dog who passed on last year? Her name was Pooh (her mother was Winnie, of course!) and she had Degenerative Myelopathy, which is similar to human ALS. She was sixteen last April when her pain and suffering became greater than her desire to live. She lost interest in food, walks, cats, and pets. We knew it was time. We hung her collar by our front door. Every time we prepare to walk our 15-year-old Pekingese or the two10-year-old dogs we adopted last summer, my husband and/or I touch her collar. We walk out the door with our three dogs and feel Pooh goes with us.

Now, for your photos — they are unbelievably wonderful — I am particularly fond of the moon ones. My camera struggles with moon photos but I continue to try with my limited camera knowledge. And, that moon is definitely pink! And, you know I have a thing for sunsets!

Best wishes for your exams. I have no doubt you will do well. To celebrate you must take more amazing photos!!

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