As many know, I am a dog lover. My dogs are my children. Husker had her faults but she was so loving and generally a great dog (unless you are a dog then she was pretty scary). We came home from work today and found Husker had passed. Our entire family is mourning the loss of a good friend and protector. If I was at home alone, I was very secure with her by my side. The kids referred to her as "Dad's Girlfriend" because before me, he did everything with Husker. As she got older, her hind legs and hips started to give out. She also started having intermittent siezures. We knew the end was near and we were dreading having to put her down. Last night I brushed her with this special mitt for short haired dogs and she was in heaven. She was inside and since her back legs haven't been working well, she would stay downstairs mostly. But last night we were watching the news in bed and low and behold Husker walks into our room. She slept on the floor in our room last night. She made it downstairs by herself and pranced around the yard this morning doing her morning ritual of peeing and sniffing, etc. I know that even though her and Rosie didn't always get along, Rosie will miss her big sister too. Losing loved ones, be they human or canine makes life hard. But not having them in your life at all, would make life hard to live. So with the loss of our Husker we celebrate the 13+ years of love, loyalty, protection, friendship and companionship. It's also important to remember that we could avoid the sadness and loss but then that would mean not having all of the blessings of that relationship. As we say goodbye to our beloved old girl Husker, remember that life is precious and cherish the time you have now with your family, dogs, friends, etc.