Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our dog Theo who was the most wonderful dog in the world and I loved him to death.
He was the daftest dog sometimes and yet the cleverest, he could tell you he wanted a biscuit or he wanted to go and do a tiddle, or it was time for dinner.
We took him to have his hair cut the day before and he seemed a bit reluctant to go but he usually comes back full of the joys of spring and walks about with his majestic walk as if to say, “look at me, how smart am I?”
This time however he didn’t have his usual spark and was having more trouble than usual walking, his arthritic back leg seemed a little worse and he was having trouble with his front leg.
We knew this time was coming but you hate to have to admit it, he lay on his chair and was very subdued and during the next day he became quieter and started showing signs that he was in pain.
Having phoned the vet and made the appointment we stayed with him talking to him and stroking him until it was time to go.
I thought he would be unable to walk into the vets but when we got there he did his best and walked in with dignity and piddled on the floor by the reception desk, well if you have style it’s always good to announce your arrival with flair.
We were with him all the time and he went very quickly and quietly and I burst into tears, I’m not very good at the stiff upper lip thing.
What a majestic dog he was, he had a good life and a long life amongst people who loved him and you can’t ask for much more than that.