I only met Phoenix the once. It was on a new year’s eve at his owner’s flat. He was shy of the strangers that came into his space. I was prepared to get down to his level to play with him and he accepted me, much to my delight.

As you said, the needle is so unexpectedly fast. I remember that when I took Fremen in with lymph cancer. in less than a blink of an eye a vital creature is left without character. I still grieve when I think about it.

A letter came for Tao today. She is due for her six month warrenty. She is sitting on my arm as I type this with one free hand. I shall make an appointment in hope she will live aa long as possible.