Almost eight years ago, when Crystal and I found out we couldn't have kids of our own, we adopted a beagle from the Humane Society and named her Gracie. We called her our co-dependent beagle because she always wanted to be held and petted. She also had an uncanny way of knowing who was upset and coming to give comfort in the way that only a dog can.
A little over a week ago, Gracie got hit by a car after sneaking away to explore. She didn't survive.
Goodbye, Gracie. You were an amazing friend. We miss you.