On that sad note, here is a more positive one. We have added another animal to our collection. I hope this one lasts longer than the others. (Overall, I think we have had more than 30 animals of 6 species, now only one has reached it's first birthday here. Not great odds.)
His name is Palindrome, Pal for short though the neighbor kids call him Pally.
He isn't much of a watchdog yet but we are working on it. He still weights less than 6 pounds so we've got to get a little meat on him to make him a little more fierce!