One of my dearest friends, a retired professor of composition from an Illinois University, a poet, a novelist, and a "farm wife" and her husband lost their beloved dog Nightbird this week. This photo was taken at their house when I last visited, Night in his favorite little corner to lay in and keep an eye on everyone who might drop something in the kitchen.
From Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey
"We are thankful for the many blessings
of knowing this your creature,
and for the lingering imprint
of such a cherished presence in our lives.
We are grateful for these good memories of sweeter times."