Marianne and I said good bye to Lilly last week.
She was our sweet companion for many years.
In fact, it occurred to me that Lilly was part of my life longer than any other animal has been.
She would have been 19 in December, and she was with us for almost 17 years.
I did not grow up with animals that shared our lives for long periods.
My first glimpse into what that might mean came at KVet a few years ago.
I had been taking care of a cat.
When she passed away, she was 21 years old.
The person who was bringing her in for care was 24 years old.
She was parting with someone who had been part of essentially her entire life.
While our 17 years with Lilly is not my entire life, she left a large impression on our hearts.
She was a sweet and loving companion, and she was ready to move on.
We will miss her.
And our dog, Benny, is still looking for her.
They bring so much love into our lives.