Here are Mandy and Tandy, painted by Carol Lavoie, as a donation for the Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.
I like the way Carol has painted these two, curled up together, comfortable and loving and warm. I hope they're adopted together.
I always wonder whether our pets know that they had littermates. Smokey, one of our dogs, had a brother Bear, whom we'd have liked to adopt, but the two apparently spent their time fighting, according to the shelter workers. Smokey has never seemed to miss Bear. And none of our dogs has seemed to miss the others, when the others have died. Maybe they do, but in ways I just don't notice.