I just thought I would let you all know that Rocky has passed away Sunday morning before I went to work. Last week he took a turn for the worse and he died on Sunday morning. He had just turned 12 in November. Rocky is one of the dogs that is rare to find. We have had him since I was 11 or older. We got him when we had to put our basset/beagle mix down around Christmastime. He filled the void and brings the Christmas/holiday spirit around in this family and it's going to be a very hard Christmas without our Rocky boy. :cry: He's the reason I get very excited for Christmas like I am a little kid all over again. He has always sat beside me at Christmas while I am opening my presents. He has touched all the people that was lucky enough to meet him especially our family. He has touched our family in so many ways and I just feel like my heart has been ripped out and broken into a million pieces. :cry: He never met a person he didn't like and vice versa. Everyone loved him. He's been to so many family reunions and was in our family Christmas card last year. When he went to the lake for family picnics he would go with us and always went by the water with me. So everytime we went to the lake he would swim a little and be right by my side. It will be hard going without him now. more in the next post..