I have just made the hardest decision. A decision that although I knew was coming, I tried to deny.
Putting my dog of 16 years - Hobie - to sleep.
Hobie was not the first. He was actually the second! This caused some amusement in the family. Hobie 1 was just a puppy when he strayed into the horse paddock. We then went and got Hobie 2.
From the moment he came home he was my little mate. He never dug holes or chewed, he was just happy to be played with. Walks, he just never missed them, and he was my constant companion when I went horse riding.
Hobie just was. He was clever too, learning to open gates with his paw. Standing at my parents door and just barking enough to be noticed and get a bone. He even knew when it was the weekend and time to walk and get the papers!
I knew this day would be sad but the pain and loss are hard. I just want my best friend.