Today we have had to take our beautiful Wicani China Doll on her final visit to the vet. China was thirteen and a half, a very elderly lady in collie terms, and suddenly over the past few days she started to leave us.
Yesterday she went on her usual morning walk with Graham and Bridie (our other collie), even if it was a slow walk, but she had eaten little on Saturday, and she ate nothing and drank little on Sunday. And after coming home from her walk, moved very little, and during the day became doubly incontinent.
Her body had decided it was time to shut down, and so we had to take that final little journey together.
The pain of losing a loved companion never diminishes, but that is the price we pay for having that love over the years.
That and a felt covered house.
Every dog we have had, is always different, always has their own personality. No two are ever the same no matter how much alike they look. All dogs are individuals in the same way that humans are.
No dog will ever be as intelligent as Lupin, our first collie.
No dog will ever be as loving as Raven, who wrapped herself around you.
No dog will ever have such powerful body odour as Snag, our Yorkshire terrier.
No dog will be as missed as Maeve who loved to be in contact with me at all times.
No dog will ever be as fluffy as China! Or as beautiful, or make you feel so privileged to be having a cuddle with her.
And no dog will ever have such big feet as Bridie!
Go safely through the field of reeds
With Anubis by your side
Enjoy chasing over the Elysian Fields
And meeting friends who have gone before.
Know that you are loved, and always will be.