This morning Apple passed away. For those of you keeping track, she is one of the dogs seized from Kapsa’s Shady Lane Kennels this past winter. I was her assigned handler and trainer; to say it was love at first sight would be an understatement. She was everything a person could hope for in a friend; full of joy, playfulness, eager to see the world, and a stranger was just a friend she hadn’t met yet. Her love knew no bounds and so today I found myself saying goodbye. I had been preparing myself for her to leave, but not this way…instead I was ready to send her to a forver home with a family that would love her always. This morning she was part of a huge spay and neuter clinic and her little heart just gave out on the operating table. One minute she was there and the next I was sobbing into her fur. The only thing holding me together today is knowing just how lucky I was to know her. In a world so vast and so populated, I was one of the rare and lucky few to call Apple friend.