In the chronology of things 13 years really isn't that long of a period of time. But I remember when we were bringing our new puppy home, thinking "If we keep him healthy and happy, by the time we say 'goodbye' our kids will be grown and on their own." It was an abstract concept at the time. Our oldest, Julianne, had just become a teenager and Marshall was in the second grade. Well, time marches on, as it always does, and Julianne has given us three beautiful grandchildren and Marshall is a junior at Michigan Tech. Yep, they're all grown up. And last month we said goodbye to Kipper.