Nearly eight years ago, on The Motley Fool, I wrote a message titled simply Goodbye, Old Friend. You may still be able to find the original (it was there for many years), though from time to time the folks at the Fool close up the boards, so you might not be able to access it.
Because I was worried about that, I recreated it here on my site just over three years later, so that I'd always have a copy.
The gist of the story was that I had to make the decision on whether it was the right time to put our dog to sleep. I grew up with Ruf-ce-Tuf, but I hadn't lived with him for a number of years, so while it was a tough call, in retrospect it wasn't as bad as it might have been in some other situations.
Recently, it was time to make that decision again with another friend - my buddy Ray. Some of you may remember Ray, as I've posted about him before, perhaps most memorably just over three years ago when he got a slick new haircut for the summer and looked like a puppy again. It was a good day. A really good day.