My friend Lee (who many of you know from the blog 'From These Hills') lost her sweet lab, Duke, today. He was twelve. In his life, Duke hiked lots of trails and fetched lots of sticks and tennis balls -- and brought those of us who knew him, lots of joy. In the woods his delight was to find the perfect stick (sometimes log) and then prance through the woods with his new found treasure. Even when his health kept him from embarking on hiking adventures, he brightened everyone's day with his constant wag and the "thump, thump" of his tail. He was a loyal and loving friend...and we're gonna miss him.