This won't mean a lot to most people, but I think it needs to be said: Checkers (Dan and Char's dog) passed away on Saturday. Checkers was one of my favorite dogs ever, and though I'm highly allergic to dogs, I always loved Checkers. He was a large dalmatian full of life, vigor, and curiosity unmatched by most dogs. When I'd head over to Dan and Char's place, Checkers was the first to greet me through the door or window, and would practically knock me out of the way to greet me. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.