Off-topic: The best virtual hug of all

Summary:Today was a serious bummer of a day at the Berlind household. Shortly after 9AM, our 11-year old dog collapsed in front of my four year old son.

Today was a serious bummer of a day at the Berlind household. Shortly after 9AM, our 11-year old dog collapsed in front of my four year old son. From my home office, I could tell something was terribly wrong when my wife called for me. Within minutes, I loaded her into our car and took her to the vet's office where she passed away in my arms 30 minutes later. It was very unexpected. She had some health issues as many 11 year-old dogs do. But she was a very spry old girl capable of out-running other dogs on the beach that were 10 years her junior. We thought she had a few more good years left in her. Just yesterday, she was jumping on the furniture barking at passers-by. She was a great companion to every member of our family (but to each in a different way). She was a people dog and when no one else was around, she'd come into my home office and curl up under my desk, at my feet.

Via instant messenger, I shared the news with my friend Danese Cooper. In return I got a link to a YouTube video which was exactly what I needed when she sent it. It's the All the Same video from the Sick Puppies (uploaded to YouTube just two days ago). Our girl was a sick puppy after all. Much sicker than anyone thought. Anyway, the video was very uplifting. Check it out and pass it around as you see fit. Such virtual healing and spreading of humanity isn't the only thing the Net is about. But it sure is one of them. Thanks Danese.

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David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.

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