There are two kinds of pet owners: those who treat their pets as possessions, taken out to play with when the owner wants to play with them, and then pushed outside or into a garage the rest of the time; and then there are the pet owners who consider and treat their animals as companions and as full-fledged members of the family. Lacey was a furry daughter to us.
We had her cremated. And we kept her ashes ever with us. Maybe we weren't ready to let her go yet.
Today we took her back to the place where she was the happiest I ever remember seeing her, Asilomar Beach, just south of Monterey, the city where Lacey became part of our family. We took her ashes there, said words of remembrance and love, cried yet again, and spread her ashes in the sea.