Today has been unbearably sad for our family. Our black Labrador Retriever, Humphrey, is gone. We have had him for nearly 10 years and he was a beloved member of our family. He was very sick and his sickness was destroying the base housing where we live. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to help make. This morning he got so sick the children and I had to leave the house while my husband came home from work to clean up the mess. It was so bad I was getting sick. We are all destroyed and distraught. This is the hard part of being a dog/pet owner and lover. I miss him so much already. His absence is palpable in the house. We have each cried and grieved today and I am sure that will continue for some time. I would love to upload a picture of our sweet Humma dog to add to this post but I honestly cannot bear to look at a picture of him right now. I have finally composed myself enough to make dinner for my family and they have gotten themselves together enough to eat something. I am not going to make myself cry again right now. My 5 year old said it best of all when she said, " Mama, it is a sad day for all of us." Followed, of course, by my logical 6 year old son who said, "Daddy had to do what was best for our family and Humphrey."