Lost our boxer Fletch a couple weeks ago. We are mourning big-time.

I know, I know, he was just a dog. It’s just that we never had children so, well, you get it. And since I work at home on our property, they’re sort of constant companions who never let you out of their sight for very long. They’re a big part of our lives.

“The Boo” was a good boy. He lived a good life — 12 years is long for a boxer. But still, it’s never long enough. We really miss him, you know?

A few years back we lost our Shepherd-Rottweiler Daphne — she died at 8 of an immune system disorder that attacked her red blood cells — and this sort of brings back all those feelings. I remember Fletch took it really hard too. They were best friends.

This is the first time in over 20 years that we’re dogless. It’s lonely and depressing around here. Losing Fletch just casts a dark shadow over everything. The world seems heavy and colorless. It’s hard to get motivated and inspired to work. As if 2020 wasn’t messed up enough already.

I often wake up with a song playing in my head. This morning it was “Mr. Blue Sky.”

When asked about his inspiration for the song, ELO’s Jeff Lynne said he’d been holed up in a Swiss chalet to write the group’s next album. “It was dark and misty for 2 weeks, and I didn’t come up with a thing,” he said. “Suddenly the sun shone and it was, ‘Wow, look at those beautiful Alps.’ I wrote Mr. Blue Sky and 13 other songs in the next 2 weeks.”

It feels like I’m in that dark, dreary chalet. I know the sun will shine again. I just don’t know when.