Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Day 120 - Tuesday 29th April

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” - Raymond Inmon

I love this quote and I really think it is true. Until a couple of years ago, we had a dog called Ben. He was a Bichon Frise and was like a baby to me. I rescued him from the RSPCA when he was 18 months old. He was such a gorgeous little dog and he loved nothing more than having a cuddle on the sofa. He loved his walks too unless it was raining then he would rather stay indoors.
Unfortunately he got cancer of the prostrate and I had to have him put to sleep just before Zoë was born. He was only 12 years old. It broke my heart as he was so precious to me but I could not bear to see him suffer anymore and so I hope I made the right decision and had him put down.
We shared many happy years and he loved his walks. I loved nothing more than going on a beautiful country walk with him. It was a great way to mull things over and come up with an answer to something. I would often discuss things with him too and his little face always looked like he understood everything I was saying. He was funny in that he would do different things on different walks. He would only play with sticks on a particular walk and he would always stop in the same place to find a stick. On the beach he would chase pebbles and bark from the minute he got on the sand until the minute he got back to the car.
He came to our wedding wearing a burgundy bow tie and I have some beautiful photos of him. It makes me sad just thinking of him.


Shirley said...

What a beautiful photo Claire, it is sad when we loose a much loved pet but you were very strong and made the right decision. Saving Ben a lot of suffering but giving yourself heart ache. Never an easy decision to make. (((hugs)))

Mary B said...

What a lovely photograph to have in your wedding collection.
both dogs are really cute. which one is Ben

knitkath said...

What a lovely photo, unusual wedding guest but wouldn't have been the same without him! He will always be in your heart!

Kay said...

That is so lovely Claire. IKWYM I still get very upset over the loss of my first dog too.

willowthewysp said...

Awww, what a beautiful photo!
I know decisions like that can be hard, but they have to be made sopmetimes..they can be the best gift we can give:)