That evening suffering from exhaustion she lay on her bed.
As she began to doze off she felt a warmth around her neck and down her chest,
as if she were being enveloped in a soft fluffy blanket.
In this transitional state between wakefulness and sleep,
she felt Minnie her sixteen year old Fox Terrier cuddling up to her,
Minnie’s head snuggled into her neck.
She cuddled her tight feeling Minnie’s warmth and fur,
and whispered that she loved her.
In that moment she awoke.
to a cold dark room,
and the reality that her baby Minnie had passed away that morning.