For the curious, you can find all my "before/during/after" photos here: http://low-carb.us/BeforeAfter.shtml
We then moved to our beautiful, but inexpensive (in those days) custom-built Chalet Rose in the Okanagan Valley overlooking Lake Okanagan and the mountains - very pretty there but scary in the summer due to frequent forest fires in the surrounding areas. We lived through the terrible Kelowna fire when hundreds of people lost their beautiful homes. Unreal time and the sky was filled with smoke, blotting out the sun. That summer I had suitcases packed to flee at any moment. Ian bought a little trailer and filled it with stuff too. The second pic is a photo of us standing in our living room of Chalet rose with the snow on the deck outside. Our late dog, Happy, loved the snow and he would bounce/swim out there and he would jump high in the air to try and catch snowballs. How I miss him! I still wonder if it is the right thing to do to euthanize a pet that is suffering. My husband was so scarred by the whole thing and does not want to ever go through something like that again. However, Happy was suffering and the vet said he was days away from dying an awful death of suffocating. :( What does one do? What is ethical? I cannot say. I am so confused. I still cry over Happy to this day and I dread the day that our adopted doggie, Smiley, must leave us.