I admit becoming softer as I, myself age and unfortunately both canine and human losses become more frequent.
I thought a little humor may lighten this thread.
As I was posting my recent additions, and am not terribly good on the computer, I was distracted.
I heard one of the dogs, as I typed, chewing on something, but as our house is pretty dog proof and the dogs well behaved, did not check what was happening.
After hitting, the final submit, I looked down, and one of my dogs had chewed a new sports shoe. I laughing said, as he gaily delivered the wrecked shoe, I am going to kill you. Dogs do brighten our lives without even trying.