My Ferk has left on the next part of her journey. It was time. She crossed peacefully, but slowly, determined to the end to stay with her mom as long as possible. Even after she was gone, I kept expecting her to leap up, her sparky little spirit winning out over her so-done body.

This is never an easy thing to go through, no matter how many times you do it. But this was the worst one yet. I've loved all my animals, but there are a few who sneak into the heart of your heart: Alex, Dax, my angel Wen (who was with her as she crossed), and now Ferk. I'm shattered.

Godspeed, my little baby girl. We squeezed a lifetime into 3 years...til we're together again.