We had a great first visit today with our son since leaving him at college a month or so ago. I was tear free until he told us how many of his friends talk about how much they miss their dogs. And, he, of course, misses his dog a lot also. But, unfortunately, coming home won’t cure him of missing Chip. I still miss Chip too. I am very grateful that we had such an awesome companion in that pooch. We showed Alex a picture of the little memorial we have for Chip. He approved, as Alyssa had when we had shown her the same photo. Breathing in gratitude and breathing out sadness.