Hester 1996 - 2009
Life is 'like so random'. In our sorrow at losing Cassie we were taking comfort in still having Hester, our brindle staffie who was three years Cassie's junior. But as John Lennon sang shortly before the cosmos threw a bit of a surprise his and Yoko's way: 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans' (Beautiful Boy 1980).
This week, in a matter of 4 days, Hester went from giving us some concern about her lethargy and weight loss to joining Cassie under a shrub (a grevillea) at the end of our garden. Intestinal adenocarcinoma with lymphatic invasion. She had the good grace to go to sleep of her own accord - at about 1 am this morning. We are polaxed. Enough already.
Postscript: Got some great comments on this to my personal email here's my favourite:
Sorry about the dog, but I'm not much of a pet person. At least your life will be simpler.
Hey, I wrote a long poem on the death of our canary in 1970. It does hurt. And if it doesn't, it should.