I had to say goodby to a dear friend today. She was a steadfast loyal friend for the past 13 1/2 years. She was my child before I had children and she was a great motherly figure to my two girls who are now 5 and 7. She loved to be with me whatever I was doing be it chores, hunting or just relaxing around home. At times she seemed to be underfoot but it was just her way of showing her love plus she was always close for any scraps that might hit the floor. When I would get home late from work she would always greet me at the door even when the rest of the family had long since gone to bed. She would always lay so she was either touching me or she could see me. I miss her so much I keep expecting to trip over her and it is driving me crazy. Please owners of dogs do not let happen to your best friend what happened to mine today I lost Zoey when she was running to catch up to me when I was moving our Pony to a differnt pasture she startled him and he kicked her I got her to the vet but he was unable to stabalize her. The Pony had never kicked at any dog or human but she came at him from behind around a corner and the worst happened. I blame my self it was not the ponies fault so please be carefull ponies and horses are very powerful creatures and when scared they kick out Zoey was a 85 lb black Lab so she was not just a tiny dog, and she also respected horses she just made an error trying to catch up to me and it cost her her life.