My Lena Girl (named after Lena Horne and Keith's Bentley) died today after being diagnosed with lymphoma about six weeks ago. The vet was to come this afternoon, but she passed on her own. She was a lovely dog about 8 or 9 years old, not without issues, much like her master. The beads were a gift from a friend's 11 year old daughter since she first got sick. I live alone and miss her dearly already. EDIT: Many thanks to all for the kind wishes. They all help.