Many of you have expressed that you haven’t seen me. In early January, our family dog Jewel became ill. She was simply my fourth daughter giving us 13 ½ wonderful years. I was blessed to spend her last few weeks by her side where we had a few last truck rides, trips to Nans, just sitting on the porch holding her paws, and watching her still attempt to bury a bone. On 2/15 the girls and I said goodbye to our best friend and family member. Today as I write, it’s tough but I am so very grateful to have been Jewel's mom. I would like to thank Drs. David and Diane McCracken along with their staff for absolutely everything and Jo at the Happy Hound for all her love.