Unfortunately, on April 22, I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life. Jackie Lu, my 14-year-old constant shadow and companion of about 9 years, had to be put down to put an end to her suffering. She was epileptic, which is something that we dealt with the whole time, but almost overnight, she became unaware of her surroundings and could not get around and couldn’t get up without assistance. I cried and made the decision that it was time. I want to thank the entire staff at BluePearl in Virginia Beach for the compassion that they showed and the help provided to my wife and myself with our loss. We don’t know how we could have handled it without them.