Billy was not prepared for this. He'd thought he was. But he was wrong. It didn't help that Ana and Tommy were both inconsolable too.
Annette the Skunk was dead. As best as they could figure she had died of a heart attack that afternoon.
She'd been with Billy since college, and named after one of his best friends in Fandom. It was possible that Annette the human wouldn't have appreciated having a skunk named after her, but Billy had always been prepared to defend his choice, should he, by some miracle run into her again. Mainly it had to do with the fact that both the skunk, and the human had been adorable and sweet.
Nilbog Island had a pet cemetery, but Officer Kelton had advised against burying anything there. So instead, in a coffin made by Helen ("I have many skills"), Billy and his kids were burying the family pet in the back yard, underneath their favorite tree.
And they were crying. But you know, Ninja-like. So it was silent, and unseen crying.