In Memory of a great dog.  So many missed opportunities for photos.  We took loads when he was young and loads when we knew he was going.  But so very few in the intervening years.  Not a mistake we shall repeat.  Vader was diagnosed with Lymphoma in December of 2015 and we did the right thing by him on January 16th 2016.  Forever in our hearts and minds.  His chaotic full body tail wag and his ever dropping fur remain with all of us. Indeed, his fur still crops up in cups of tea, hermetically sealed containers and on the far side of the planet.  He had lots of friends and spent happy years as part of our family.  Miss ya buddy.  Xxx

IF IT SHOULD BE

If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad I understand,
Don’t let grief then stay your hand.

For this day more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.

We’ve had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fears,

You’d not want me to suffer so,
The time has come to let me go.

Take me where my need they’ll tend,
And please stay with me until the end.

Hold me firm and speak to me.
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see,
The kindness that you did for me.

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.

Please do not grieve it must be you,
Who has this painful thing to do,

We’ve been so close, we two, these years
Don’t let your heart hold back its tears.

For I am now in a better place,
And will be waiting to see your happy face.

So when you cross that final bridge,
Look for me…
I’ll be standing next to the fridge.

Author Unknown.

Most photos taken by us.  Some taken by Jason Klein and others by Stuart Daniels.