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My Old Friend

Im feeling really down today…as my lovely old friend (My 18 year old Labrador dog) Ben, died on Saturday night.
I knew it was inevitable and he didnt suffer , but still Im missing him terribly …in his last months he became very much my little shadow , following me around for reassurance as his eye sight was failing.
Ive had him since he was 8 weeks old and my only dog . He was a beautiful being , placid and loyal , intelligent and so patient .I used to walk him a lot in his first 6 months until a fall from a flying fox (zip line) put me in a wheel chair for a couple of months , when I came home from the hospital with a broken shoulder , hip and ribs …the first thing he did was go and get one of my walking shoes and bring it to me…dropping it at my feet and looking up as though willing me to get up and take him for a walk…

Even though he was still a bouncy 6 month old pup , he was extremely careful with me…stopping his usual excited jumping and being a gentle companion during my long recovery ….I was walking again four months down the track but no longer able to take him with me on a leash as my shoulder was too fragile…but he got his walks everyday with my son and thrived as a important and constant member of the family..so gentle and tolerant…..so clever and beautiful .

I will miss him greatly .

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