Editor’s note: My brother and his significant other are here for Thanksgiving from Asheville. They brought their 13-year old dog, Lady, with them because Lady is dying. It will be a tough week and Lady may never go home with them, so this isn’t the happiest of Thanksgivings. Those of you who cherish your pets can relate to this. Five years ago I wrote about a dog of my own who passed away. I want to share it as we gather to love each other, including pets past and present. Click here.