In partial explanation of my absence and in addition to work, I suffered a deep loss at the end of January. My cat Dragon died. He was the best of cats, charming and dignified, affectionate when affection was earned and tolerant beyond belief. Even when the twins were tossing him at each other–much to my dismay–during their early elementary school days, never did he raise a claw to them. This story was inspired by a card sent to us by the vet who euthanized him. It included a poem based on a Norse myth about the rainbow bridge, pets, and their human companions.
— Marilyn R. Freedman