It is with deep sadness that I share that our sweet Karchie died today. He has been "Laila's dog" since she started walking. Her & Karch had a special bond from the first time we met him. Yes, technically he's our neighbor's dog, but if you asked Laila - they are just taking care of him for her. As we've been well aware of Karchie's health issues the last few weeks, we've talked to Laila quite a bit about him dying. One night L was crying herself to sleep so, I decided to write down a letter for her to give Karch. She loved this idea and had me write the following:
I love you so much & I don't want you to die forever. I've never had a dog before & I really love you a lot. Thank you for visiting me all the time and laying under my window. I am crying about you and really love you lots of. Thank you for the gifts. You are my favorite dog to walk and I don't want you to die. Karchie, I love you. Laila"
Karch did one last big walk over to our house today to give us some love, I snapped this picture, we walked him home in the warm sun, & said our good-byes.