And the pup Indyana, now that she's through her rebellious years, is one sweetheart of a dog. Good as they come.
My dad lives in Wyoming on a sprawling stretch of land, and being a dog-lover he agreed to take them in as his own. I explained to the kids that living out on a ranch in Wyoming is just about Heaven on Earth for dogs, especially when they get such tender-loving care from a guy who loves them.
It was good for the kids to know they'd be going to their Papa Phil's. No matter what, it was a hard day.
We still have our cat, Jack, the oldest of them all. He's going on 17 years, and he'll be moving out to my Mom's in just a few more days.