My friend, the Lady C, had some bad news for me. The Lady C is a breeder of Papallion dogs - show dogs, no less.
Someone, however, when she started in the business, forgot to mention a breeder is supposed to sell her children.
Not something the Lady C could countenance. And so it was that she could, and did, refer to helself as a "mother of forty". But she couldn't bring helself to sell them.
Vanda was her first. A show dog if ever there was one. Bright, intelligent, beautiful. And 17 years old when she finally died. A good age for a dog that size.
I was there when Vanda first came to her. A beauty, and she seemed to know it.
She was loved, and she returned it.
You will be missed, Vanda Heartgatherer.