I just wanted to post quickly to say thank you so much to everyone for all your kind wishes about Ben. I had no idea that his adventures had been enjoyed by so many people, and I am so very touched by all your messages. Thank you.
Though it is very quiet here today, Daisy was excited by this afternoon’s snowfall, dashing out into the garden to jump and twirl, barking madly and trying to catch the snowflakes with her long pink tongue. I could imagine Ben watching her, with the thought “for goodness sake, you silly pup!” written clearly upon his black furry face.
Here she is, looking very sulky at being made to come indoors again, but the snow has cheered her up a little, for the moment at least. But back to Ben….
He had been fading gently for several months – growing frailer and more wobbly – but in no pain at all and he still had a great zest for life right up until last Sunday. The vet wasn’t able to offer much help, or hope, and when on Wednesday morning I saw he was having difficulty chewing and swallowing, I knew his time had come. He was 10 years and 8 months old, a very good age for a giant breed, and was only unwell for a few days. A lovely life and peaceful end for a cheerful sort of canine whose main ambition in life was to be a VERY GOOD DOG. Except when he spotted a cat! His second ambition in life was to catch one of these pesky felines, but as he wasn’t a very fast runner he never succeeded – and I’m not at all sure he would have known what to do with one if he had caught it!
I’m sure there will be more canine adventures to come once Miss Daisy has recovered her bounce and is busy getting into mischief again – and I’ll be sure to keep you posted. But until then, thank you all so much once again for your very kind wishes – they mean such a lot to me at this sad time.