A sad note.
During our long years on the farm, Maggie was our constant, loyal canine friend and guardian.
In her later years she struggled with diminished vigor, eyesight and hearing.
Jude cared for her tenderly and over the past few months it became clear that her time with us was near its end.
She died in the morning surrounded by the people who loved her and, I think, at peace.
We all be so fortunate to pass from this world swaddled in the warm embrace of those we love.
Now the house seems empty and the though we look for her and listen for her whenever we return home. We still listen for her footfalls at night.