I am sure nobody would doubt that Ben is an extremely lucky dog indeed. He has a blissful life here in Devon …. a loving owner who works from home, lots of country walks to enjoy, beaches to visit – and even a river to fish in (!)
But he still misses Amy (who died two years ago now) – especially when I am particularly occupied with work and can’t give him as much attention as he would like. I am sure that he thought Amy was his Mum – indeed in all the ways that mattered she really was. She took great care of him, showing him how to behave, teaching him to swim and then, when he was tired, letting him snuggle up to her ….
And he would copy everything she did ….
Best of all were outings in the car ….
What a cutie he was! He grieved terribly when Amy died, and I’m not sure he’s ever really got over losing her.
So …… we’ve been talking about it for a long time, and have finally decided …. to find him a new baby sister. I’ve been in touch with his breeder – Mileoak Newfoundlands – and Pam tells me she hopes to have puppies available in the spring. Keep your fingers crossed for us – if all goes well then before too long Ben will be a big brother. I hope he’ll be as kind and patient with his little sister as Amy was with him.