Nadia recalled one other time, about two years ago, when Maryann asked Brad not to interrupt until she finished. That evening, still in shock herself, Maryann had explained to Brad that she put their dog, Carter, to sleep that day. Even though Carter was old and sickly, it was unexpected. The cocker spaniel had already been pretty old when they adopted him from a friend of Brad’s who had to move cross country and couldn’t take the dog with him.

Kidney disease finally brought Carter down. The Vet advised Maryann the humane thing to do was to put him out of his misery. So, Maryann held him in her arms and spoke gently to him as he passed from one world into the next.