Jon and I are saddened by the loss of our sweet girl Cricket. She passed away quietly in her sleep a few days after Christmas. While her health had been declining for quite some time, it was still a shock to lose her. I am comforted by the knowledge that her final days with us were spent at home, going to for walks, cuddling on the couch, surrounded by love and “her people.” The house seems strangely quiet without her here . Just the other day I came home and out of habit walked to the back bedroom to let her out of her crate. It wasn’t until I saw the empty corner where her crate used to be that I remembered she wasn’t here with us any more. I’m grateful for the decade spent with that our sweet beagle. I desperately miss her constant companionship, silly antics, ability to locate and take over the comfiest spot in the house, and her joyful beagle howl. How lucky I am that she chose us and showered us with the kind of unconditional love only a dog can muster for almost ten years. We miss you every day Cricket – please know that you are always in our hearts.