Ernie's been missing since last night. We're distraught and beside ourselves with worry. We've knocked on neighbor's doors and checked the pound and even put an ad on Craigslist. We keep telling one another that it's the heat. That he's just laying low somewhere. That he'll be back tonight. But he's never been gone this long before. So for the time being we're keeping Lenny and Mae inside under lock and key. We're very quiet and very sad. Praying for the best... anticipating the worst.