I'm so sorry for your loss, MichNative.
The hardest part about giving your love to animals is letting them go when it's time. My heart goes out to you.
"We are--each of us--dying; it's how we live in the meantime that makes the difference."
"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!"
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."