As soon as the old dog is dead,
we pull a plant over to where his bed has been.
But that is not enough.
So we pair it with a card table
and place an advent candle on it.
Then a coffee cup.
And finally, an eye-catching
3D cardboard-cut-out Christmas deer
with antlers in aqua, gold and green.
The cat sits on the rug
and stares through the clutter
at the dog-shaped gap.