Our beloved chocolate Lab Molly passed away this morning. She had been failing for awhile after a complete paralysis in her hind legs a year ago, that resolved slowly with special diet and lots of therapy. In spite of all that she was always happy, excited to be with us, loved tattling on the cats when they would break the rules and get up on the kitchen counter (she was the Kitchen Watch Dog, very proud of herself for alerting us to Bad Kitty goings-on), and up until a day or two ago was happily burying her nose in the new, soft snow and tossing it around when out in her little yard. She suffered a catastrophic illness suddenly during the night, and we had to have her put to sleep this morning. She was the Best. Dog. Ever. Part of our family. A beautiful soul.