She'd always come running when I called. I forgot myself at one point, and went to call her name, which made me feel even more isolated. It was so strange to be up on our hill alone.
A bitter wind whistled around the crest of the hill. I tugged my scarf tighter around my neck and wished I had worn a hat. It was so cold. Far too cold for a morning in March.
As I looked to the tiny ant-like people walking along the river bank below, the scene misted up before my eyes. It was not the same being up here alone.
I shrugged and walked back to the car park with a heavy heart.
As I got home and entered my apartment, I went straight to the kitchen. There on the table was her faded red collar. When I picked it up I could see some white hairs caught in the leather and binding.
As sobs wracked my body, I thought of her. My friend, my companion. She'd lived for much longer than she was expected to but it was still so hard to let her go.
I miss you, Maxi.