This past week was hard, our sweet doggie Jackson passed away unexpectedly. While he was getting older and slowing down, at 10, I expected a few more years to enjoy the furry little beast. He was a great dog. In his younger years he joined us on all our adventures, mountain biking, following us down the river while we kayaked, a few back country skiing adventures and lots of hikes. As the kids came, Jackson’s life got a little less exciting. One of the things I treasure most is how awesome he was with our children. The kids loved Jackson in a big way, and were regularly in his space. And, I like to think Jackson loved them too – and I mean in more than just a way to score food. From the moment we brought our first home from the hospital to the day he passed away, Jackson was a big part of their lives. I will remember with amusement what a nutcase he was at times – behaving like a 50 lb lap dog when storms rolled in, fire works went off or any other random noise sent him cowering underfoot. He was patient, always up for a cuddle, a bit neurotic and totally awesome. He will be dearly missed.