Sam, our almost 14 year old collie, died last Tuesday, 1st June.
We got Sam from a neighbour and he has been the last surviving dog from the litter for a couple of years, two of his siblings went blind but he has always been in the best of health. He’s only ever had three trips to the vet: for the snip, for a suspected concussion when kicked by a bullock, and for an injury to his neck (the bucket of [...]
We bought a new pup a couple of months ago. Sam, our hardworking collie, will soon be ten years old and apart from thinking that he probably needs a rest, we’re very conscious that we would be lost without a good dog. Put it this way, I’d need to improve on my fitness! Indeed, when we see him next to an exuberant pup, it really brings home that he’s worked hard his whole life and is starting to slow up [...]
We purchased a new pup about two months ago and she’s settling in well. Luthien is from one of JRR Tolkien’s books and Amarach means tomorrow or of the future. No prizes for guessing who chose the names if you know the reading habits of our daughter!
A poet, Brian O’Domhnallain, very kindly sent me a poem about our new collie and you can follow him on Twitter if you’d like to see more poems, many about farming [...]