March 8, 2010 I lost my best friend. Katie, a collie mix, was given to me by one of my students when I started working at Bloomington High School. She was truly my soul mate for 15 1/2 years. I was devastated when she died – I do not know to this day how I made it from one day to the next. After she left me I was in a haze. Somehow I managed to finish the school year and get through the summer vacation.