Feeling very small because of not feeling able to log into the forum when my spaniel had to be put to sleep and discovering that so many of you had sent the kindest thoughts at the time. Thank you everyone. One of these days I'll get round to posting pics and you'll see what a lovely boy Barney was. The border terrier, Penny, who is more or less blind and mostly deaf, has no teeth to speak of and I cook all her food (my choice) as every commercial type makes her fart unmercifully nowadays.....but at 15 she can be forgiven all that, still keeps up a reasonable quality of life.....ie. she's clean in the house (mostly), eats with relish the two solid meals i cook and place before her (it's so llittle effort really for a family member), sleeps a lot so I can go to work, loves her grooming time but wants it to go on longer so that I worry about leaving her hairless, wanders in circles in parts of the house between mealtimes which i think is a canine type of dementia but it distresses her more to stop her circling than to let her stop it herself so I let her stop in her own time and try to second guess when the circling means 'I really need to go out and .....'. Sometimes it takes a while to get it right but we have relatively few accidents and i think that when someone has been in the family for so very long then they deserve to have a bit more attention and respect for their dignity.
Goldfish shoals nibbling at my toes. Fun, fun, fun, in the sun, sun, sun!