Last night we had to make the decision to let Tina go to sleep. She has been a big part of our lives for such a long time.
We gave her a home when she was sixteen months old. She had been in training as a guide dog but failed at the very last hurdle as she chased a cat when in harness! That was typical of Tina. She was already pushing things to limit with her training, instead of waiting at the kerbside for all the traffic to be clear, she would wait for a moment and then weave in and out of slow moving cars. Why wait for a continuous gap when she could weave in and out!
She fitted in with our family and became Andy's dog. They had a lot of fun together in agility. She won into senior but had to retire quite young at 8 years of age due to arthritis in her front legs. She wasn't too fond of travelling and as she got older we took to dropping her off with Mum and Ed for weekends when we were off to shows. When she was 12 years old she decided to move in permanently with them and had a wonderful retirement. Mum and Ed absolutely adored her. They rescued another dog soon after Tina moved in and Ellie and Tina became inseparable. Then earlier this year Mum became ill and Eddie couldn't cope with the dogs by himself. The plan was that we would have Tina back and Dan and Mac would take Ellie. However, it became apparent that Tina just didn't want to be without Ellie and so Dan and Mac took them both. We helped out at holiday times. She was always our dog and our responsibility and we can't thank Dan and Mac enough for taking her so that she could be with her little friend right to the end.
She had been struggling for a little while and last night it was obvious that she'd had enough and it was time for her to leave us. She was just over 15.5 years of age and had a wonderful life but it's still heartbreaking to lose her.