Last night my mum's cavalier Rex passed away quietly in his sleep at home. He had done really well, reaching the ripe old age of nearly 13 despite suffering from many setbacks including dry eye, which made him go blind, deafness from an early age and finally a diagnosis with syringomyelia before finally succumbing to old age and a failing heart.
Despite all this, his tail never failed to wag and, even last week, he was definitely up to admiring and chatting up his long legged lady friends (my lurcher girls) when we went to visit. He was a total sweetheart and will be very much missed by Tilly and Weasel, who will wonder where their aged admirer has gone when we go there next week.
I have to say a very big thank you to this forum, Karlin & Clare Rusbridge for helping make his last few years comfortable and happy. if I had not found this site, he would have remained with a diagnosis of a slipped disc and perhaps left to suffer longer or gone before his time.
I would like to think that some will find his story heartening too - here is a dog who lived to a pretty ripe old age despite his syringomyelia and enjoyed life to the full. I will always remember the satisfied little shake he would give as he crossed the threshold when he came back in from the garden - a happy little man. Thank you all for helping me to help him.
Please light a candle tonight for a very brave little 'blunty' with a very soft squishy nose.
Night, night Rexy. xxx Sleep tight little man.
Ketty, Weasel & Tilly