Our fourteen year old dog, Copper the coon hound, ran away early last week. She remains missing. She is sick. The last anybody saw her, I was going for a walk - she always followed me when nobody else was home - and I yelled at her, "no" and "stay." When I came back, she was gone. Maybe she went away to die, but I'm not sure if dogs really do that, or if that's just something people say. I have a habit, where the last thing I ever say to a dog, or even to a person, is a mean thing. Our other dog is acting very sad. I'm sad, too.

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