This is certainly not a tragedy, but a bit of family sadness that I feel I can share with my online friends. Today I had to put my cat, Basil, to sleep. We are terribly sad to lose him, but found that after 14 long years, he was in the final stages of congestive heart failure. To spare him the misery of the final days, I set him free.
My daughter and I are taking it hard. We had him before she was born. He was my favorite birthday present ever, and brought me joy each and every day. We miss him greatly.