But I did. I was cleaning up the backyard, when I noticed a pattern in the leaf piles where the dogs do their business. Three of the leaf piles weren't being used and these three used to be busy spots for Fiona and Zappa (Back Dogs). And there were piles that had never been used now getting some attention.
There has been a definite shift since Brut has been gone almost a year.
I have leaf piles on the outer perimeter of the yard and Brut and Silver used the back part of the yard, while Zappa and Fiona took on the ones closer to the house. Now the Back Dog Trio, Silver, Zappa and Fiona are all taking to the back of the yard ever since our last snowfall.
And I took it pretty hard. It was another confirmation that Brut was really gone.
Since Brut died last year at the beginning of the summer nothing much changed. We were all in shock, but as time has past, the Back Dogs, have been finding their place without their leader and it looks like they have come to terms with their new life as three.
Another sign of the times for the 24 Paws of Love.