Surreal picture taken this morning - Sammy is gone. Yesterday I slid the door open to give him a treat, half of a turkey and swiss on wheat bread. He took two steps towards me as I stepped out smiling at him. Then he veered left and gracefully laid back down. Hmmm, I thought, too tired for a snack because you were up all night barking at the deer. I turned and dropped his sandwich into his bowl and I went back inside. Later I noticed him still snoozing in the same spot. I thought his position hasn't changed. I thought he might be dead and I didn't want to go check on him, but I did. His fur felt soft, I hoped I wouldn't startle him, maybe he was just sound asleep. But he didn't wake up. The day before had been a perfectly normal day. I've noticed him slowing down but ... . He was a great dog. Probably the best dog ever.