Support from this online community has been wonderful. It was therapeutic to write Barkley's story and I wanted to send out a big thank you to those of you who left such sweet comments for me on the post or on Facebook, or who emailed me directly.
I'd also like to mention how awesome my Handsome Hubby is.
He was the one who took the dog in, since I was emotionally incapable of doing so.
He was the one who took care of dinner that night and who knew exactly what to feed me:
Yes, that is a bowl of ice cream (Peanut Butter Tracks Overload) and a glass of wine (Petite Syrah). (And please ignore the clutter on the counter - I was having a bad day.)
He was the one who got me out of the house the next day and took me to 2 Goodwills, a vintage thrift shop, a delicious dinner at La Creperie and a stroll on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. Just being with him helped so much.
So thank you to my friends I've never met and thank you to the friend I wake up with every morning.
I am blessed.