We had a lovely long weekend on Prince Edward Island... then came home Monday to a sick dog.
Luna had been ill like this before. Her hips clearly hurt and her eyes were dull. She was eating and drinking,though, and managed to haul herself up the stairs and onto her favorite couch. She wagged her tail furiously when we said "good girl". She enjoyed her ear rubs.
But Tuesday morning she simply collapsed and that was the end.
I'm glad she didn't suffer long. I'm glad we didn't have to struggle with complicated care or the decision to put her down. But gosh, it was too quick.
And the house, now, is too quiet.
We had a dinner in her honor last night. I made this dish.
Local new potatoes, freshly dug
Rosemary to taste (ours comes from a pot on the back porch. Luna was always trying to eat it.)
Bring a suitably sized pot of water to a boil. Add 1 cup of kosher salt for every quart of water. Stir to dissolve, making a brine.
Add the potatoes, lid, and boil for 15-30 minutes or until soft to the fork. Drain but do not rinse.
Toss the potatoes with unsalted butter and rosemary. Eat with mindfulness and love.