It's never easy saying goodbye to a family pet, and even though Lance was with us for many years, it still felt like it was too soon. He was an alpha male, a hunter, an apex predator, but also sweet, kind, and affectionate. He loved being outdoors, and certainly was the boss of his territory. No mouse was safe, no neighborhood cat was safe crossing Lance's path. Yet he was really gentle with the kids, even when the kids got a little too rough with him, he showed restraint. During the last few months, his health deteriorated rapidly, and it became apparent that something was wrong. A few days ago, we had to say goodbye. It's just not the same around here without him. We will miss you Lance.