Jack joined David today.
Our beautiful, naughty red dog is no more. It wasn't a flashy end, just a single long exhale from tired old dog who's body could no longer cope with life's demands.
His death also marks the severance of yet another link with David. When Jack arrived in our lives we were just pups ourselves - carefree and oblivious to what life would one day throw at us.
The Vet has been so caring as we've nursed Jack through his deteriorating health. Despite our efforts, it became apparent that there wasn't a recovery in Jack's future. She was gentle and sympathetic when she came to the farm this morning with her vial of green dream. For our special (and sometimes infuriating) hound, there are worse things than dying.
Still, I feel I've lost a mate today and no doubt there will be more tears this afternoon when I tell the Big Sister that he died. Our beautiful and resilient daughter has already suffered too much loss in her little life.
When asked about afterlife for canines, Robert Louis Stevenson replied "You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." I hope they have plenty of balls.
ever had to say goodbye to a much loved pet?