Right after I got back from Seattle, A called me to relate that they had to have their dog, Duna, sent to her final sleep. Duna was a grand old lady [German Shepherd] of 13 good years. She was gentle, patient, and absolutely devoted to Andrea. She had a mass on her spleen that apparently spread to vital organs, but was thankfully only in really bad shape for the last evening and night. The vet kindly came to the house, saving them the difficulty of getting such a large dog into the car when she was in critical condition. We all knew it was coming, and she had a long and wonderful doggy life, but it's still so poignant, and the tears are still coming. She will be missed by many.