It's an interesting idea, right? The word itself sounds so barren-- desolate even. It's hard to imagine how it contributes anything positive to our lives. For 14 years I have loved and cherished my quirky yellow lab, Sandy. We knew she was different from the moment we got her. She was a dog that never barked, more specifically a water dog that loathed water, and a singer (wonder where she got that from). Every time I would play the piano, she would start making this howling-like noise in her throat, but of course it wasn't any ordinary howling noise. She would be on pitch; she literally would sing in whatever key I was playing in at the time. She lived such a long, wonderful life, and I know it's going to be hard for me because there aren't many memories of mine that she isn't apart of. Growing up as an only child was definitely different, even a bit lonely at times. Having Sandy there made it okay though, she had this personality that would have made you think she was human. The somber silence that has come over my house is going to take some getting used to. I love you so much, sweet girl. I'm glad that you're not suffering anymore. You have single-handedly changed my life and whatever comes at the end of this lifetime, wherever you are, I hope you find peace.