One of the very hardest things to do is to say goodbye to a pet, especially one that’s been a part of your life for over 17 years. This past week I had to do that with my cat Alex. We have been through a lot together over the years and he was always there to welcome me with a nudge and a purr. At times he could be quite shy, especially around people he wasn’t familiar with. But once he accepted you he was a great friend who loved to be close to you. He was also my most serious-looking cat, although there was a great glimmer of excitement whenever the catnip came out for a treat. He wasn’t one that liked to pose for photos, so I always felt fortunate when I could get an image that seemed to capture his personality. His friendship and his loving nature we be missed…. Thanks, Alex.