My mom’s dog, Napoleon, died early this morning.

My parents are still in California and won’t be able to collect his ashes until they return to Nebraska. We are all very distraught. It happened very suddenly and a lot of “what ifs” are going through my mom’s head right now. Napoleon became her “baby” after her youngest (me) left for college. He has been her baby for the last 10 years and by all accounts, he should have been with her for years to come. She is overcome with sadness. I honestly don’t even know what to say here but I’m going to take tomorrow off blogging so I can have a couple of days to deal with saying goodbye. If you don’t mind, please leave a comment with some words of encouragement for my mom.