Unfortunately, there have been many posts about death or impending death here lately. Today, a new chapter was written in the depressing 2005-06 chronology.
First, I learned this morning that the brother-in-law of a good friend was killed in a farm accident last weekend. The details were horrific.
Second, Ramius' external tumor (background info and other links here) has outgrown his skin and is bleeding at an ever increasing pace. If it were to burst, he could bleed to death in minutes. The vet is coming to our house in the morning to euthanize him here. I went to Home Depot tonight to buy the materials for, and later build, a stretcher for 115 pound dog. That was about as much fun as building a coffin.
In the end, I turn to my 6-year-old son for wisdom. As he tells me, "its the circle of life, Dad."
Flashback to 12/10/05: "At this point, I'm going to predict that Ramius' new little angel is going to help him get through the end of the year." She did.