I have been gone for a few weeks. Gretchen passed away and its been very hard to deal with. She always somehow knew when I was going out to the cooking patio and got very excited. She was my best friend and went everywhere with me. She was loved by many people. She was the Vet techs favorite GSD and they would all come say hi to her. I so grateful I retired early and got to spend these last few years with her. She passed fairly quick. She had been doing fairly well up to that. Also been having a heck of times with my hands. Doc gave me a steroid shot this week and had a reaction to it making it very hard to breathe. He has me on prednisone which I am also having a hard time with but it is helping. Going to see a hand surgeon when they get my referral. It may take me some more time to get get back to posting. It is still very hard.