Do you have pets? We have always had standard poodles. We've had as many as four at once; in this tiny house, we basically spent our days hopping over pups.
In this photo (which I made into a Christmas card years ago), Teddy is on the left and Seamus on the right. Seamus would go on to become a great therapy dog.
Paddie was also a therapy dog and she loved playing ball in the snow. She was the oldest pup in our pack and unquestionably the favorite. The same week that Nana Betty passed, Paddie was diagnosed with cancer and crossed the rainbow bridge 6 weeks later. It was a tough year. One of the ways I coped was to pour myself into making Christmas quilts. I spent the autumn working on projects. I'm not even sure why I fixated on this particular theme. I memorialized our darling Paddie in this quilt that featured Seamus and Ted: