In November, Bersh was met with a devastating loss. Her dog, Rosie Pink, passed away after 16 years — and Bersh was left with a feeling of emptiness like no other. When she walked out to the lake near her apartment complex to clear her head, she spotted Grisnelda perched up in a palm tree, looking down at her.
“I was bawling with grief and, looking up the tree, I told Grisnelda that Rosie Pink had died and I was very, very sad,” Bersh said. “Then I left and sat by the lake, crying my eyes out. A couple of minutes later, Grisnelda joined me. She wasn’t hungry at all. She just sat in front of me, looking into my eyes, motionless, for a good 15 minutes until her eyes started drooping and I realized she was falling asleep. I thanked her for her company and told her it was OK for her to go to bed. We said good night and she went home.”