Friends, last night we very suddenly and unexpectedly said our final goodbye to Layla. She died peacefully in my arms at the Emergency Vet Clinic. I'll spare you the details. To say she will be missed is a vast understatement. To say I am a crumpled heap of sadness is closer to the truth. She was a good dog, the best. She was beautiful, elegant, loyal, oh-my-god smart, and stoic to the end. She loved porch sits and long walks, never really needing a leash. She was happiest when the pack was all together. She could always be relied on to do the right thing. She was the boss of all of us. She was the prettiest girl in the world and I told her so at least three times each day. She is, and always will be loved very deeply.