If you've ever loved a dog, especially a Lab, go right now to "Remembering Jetta," written by Micah Sifry of Personal Democracy Forum fame.

Micah and his family had to put down Jetta, a beautiful black Lab, this week, and it was a wrenching experience for them.

Being a writer, Micah's therapy for handling the emotional pain was to write about Jetta. The result is a wonderful essay that will probably bring tears to the most jaundiced eye.

Goodbye, Jetta. That eager, playful chocolate Lab that just ran up to you, tail wagging and ready to romp with you even though you've never met her, is Abby. She was my "sweetheart baby girl dog" for a dozen years, and I miss her so.