We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yep - every time I lost a dog, it was a very sad day.
I lost Suzie, my red Doberman, to cancer a year ago - that one hurt - she was the last of the three best dogs I ever had the pleasure of calling my companions - two Border Collies Duke, Skye and Suzie.