Thank you all so much for your kind words and insights. I am simply empty. No energy and no spark. I miss our Black Dog terribly. But, if he had to go (and we all do), I'm glad that he didn't suffer, at least not for long. For us, it was devastating - it felt as if he was here one moment and gone the next.
I'm not one to sit still so I distracted myself by checking a trail cam yesterday. It had a delightful little clip of a young mountain lion. I'm not sure how young he is but I was surprised not to see a mother nearby.
The hard part is that this clip from a wildlife trail that is currently being bulldozed into a road. I've called and emailed so many people in government to ask them to preserve at least some of it. But, "human progress" trumps wildlife needs, at least that's my interpretation of the total lack of interest.
So, we are getting down to the end of seeing the wonderful wildlife activity there. In particular, the bears will suffer. This is where many of the bear marking trees are. The trees that have been marked by bears for decades are being plowed down and tossed off the cliff. Progress.
Sorry for the negativity. The beautiful animal should help offset that. The video is very short. Enjoy.