I'm very sorry for your loss. Saying goodbye to a longtime family member is really tough but it sounds like you had an amazing 17 years together. Sending a hug and some (virtual) poutine.
Thanks. She spent many of those years at my parents’ house but was always the first resident I would great after arriving. Every time I walk by her favorite spot in the house I look over and expect to see her but she’s not there. :-(
Also I’m pretty sure she would not have eaten poutine but I will absolutely always eat it as comfort food.