I love that there is a little community here...who love Mina. Thank you for the words of ninja-encouragement. They made me laugh and smile, which is exactly what I needed. It is comforting knowing there are other people out there who find Mina as neat and awesome as I do. : )
Watching a beloved companion age is painful and joyous. Their lives are so much shorter than ours, so knowing Mina will not live another 20 years hurts in a profound way. But I've watched her morph from a shy shadow into a confident face-licker these past nine years. And I expect at least another 5-7 years with this amazing dog.