Dear reader, as you may have expected, Mr. Viotti did not survive the night. So it was another slightly surreal moment the next morning, embalming the body while turning on Christmas lights and preparing for the girls to come downstairs.
Still, Izzy made a decision to enjoy the day and it turned out to be a very lovely Christmas after all, filled with smiles and treats and cousins and one of the best dinners I've had in my entire life.
And at the first available opportunity, we returned to the pet store and Izzy selected a new soulmate: Percy. And he seems like just the right little soul. We love him already.
I honestly think that made her feel a bit better.