I got to the vet with The Pug and they whisked me into a room, my lower lip quivering. I am usually very stoic with my vets.

But they all knew me and The Old Pug and they came into say they were sorry, and they were hugging me and then I blurted out how my mom just died, and I completely lost composure.

Of course they understood.

That Pug was wrapped in my arms.