About 3 years ago, we were vacationing in Pacific Grove, and wife was checking for local rescue groups. She found Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, and their front page/poster dog was a Japanese Chin named Penny. We applied online, phone messaged, and as we were walking to Fishhopper for lunch, they called and said we could meet her. When we saw her, she was ours! One of her cutest acts of many was, if you gained her confidence and she liked you, after you'd stop petting her, she'd raise her paw as if to say "no, more please". Won our hearts immediately. A week ago, while on our walk, she drops as if to say "I've done enough". During the week, she develops troubled breathing, and isn't eating. Take her to vet Friday, e-rays show some mass by her heart, and that her heart is big for her size. What concerned me was her weight loss, and she wasn't high-pawing us. Given medicine for her, and did our best to make her comfortable. Wake up this morning, and she's gone. Little thing left while sleeping just outside our bedroom door. 13 years old. Why do these fur balls work their way in to our hearts, only to break them when they go to the Bridge?????