With human illness, I have often felt that a necessary optimism should inform the efforts of healer and patient alike. We don't know what pattern the future will hold, and our attitude will play a part in its unfolding. To what degree, we may never know. There are times, of course, when a graceful surrender may be necessary. But not today, Bella, not today. Today we will try to take a longer walk, and then stand next to the car to practice feeling calm by the big, scary vehicle. We'll see if you will take a treat in the living room, or at least eat your breakfast further from your bed. Who knows, maybe this time next year we'll be walking the gorge.