WHY did I have to look at the ao tamenuri? (Besides requesting photos so I could see the ao tamenuri.) WHY?!
This is so hard.... :-)
Mongrelnomad, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure you have many fond memories of Sufi to comfort you.
I'm looking forward to seeing the design you've commissioned to honor your sweet pet. That is a lovely idea.
Also lovely -- the pen for your mother. She raised you right! (I know it's "reared," but the impact of "raised" is funnier.) :-)