Well, I said I had some pictures to share of Ludo’s last day with us, and here they are.
We decided a couple of days before that Ludo was in too much pain and not able to enjoy things like he wanted to and so we had booked his vet appointment. He was such a brave boy, right to the end and if anyone had seen him in good moments they would have thought he was mostly fine, maybe just a bit hobby, so we were able to enjoy our last day together.
I took the day off work and we headed down to the beach with a picnic.
The sun was shining down on us and it was such a beautiful day. The water sparkled in the sunlight, there were other happy dogs around and I let Ludo chase the ball as much as he wanted to. It felt like I was getting a little glimpse of where Ludo would be headed next and I am so happy we got to have that happy day together. I am sure my photos don’t do it justice but I hope they capture a bit of how beautiful it was.
We started off with an ice cream. The locally made kind and Ludo got a whole cone to himself. He couldn’t believe his luck! (Arran had a little bit in a paper tub)
We sat on the rocks and watched the world go by. A whole class room of school children were doing something with geography near by, but they didn’t come too close. Then Ludo sat and watched my lunch be eaten and helped out with the challenging iced bun cake part of it.
It felt like we were the only ones there and I thought of all the fun we’d had exploring these shores together.
Arran explored for a bit on his own, but we managed to get one photo with all 3 of us together. It felt like rather a timeless moment.
But time waits for no Mum, especially not when you have a shetland-rabbit dog, waiting to continue their last adventure!
The rock pools looked so inviting. He couldn’t swim but he still enjoyed a nice wade through the water…
Someone got very sandy! He usually liked to roll around on the dry sand or grass after being in the water to try off his face, but his tumour was stopping him going too far over so I dried him with some tissues.
I’ve zoomed in on this head shot, because I could see myself in his eye.
We stayed for hours, I didn’t want it to end, but it had to, as all things must.
So, he went with sand in his fur and some cheese in his mouth and I think he would have been pleased with that.
Thank you for sticking with me, through these sad days. My friends, what would I have done without you all and your kind words and your loving of Ludo?
I’m not quite sure what to do with the blog. It’s always been his. So I think this will be it for Seaside shelties. Arran still has some things to say, so maybe we’ll start again someplace else. I’ll be sure to let you know if we do. But for now, I guess all we have to do is wish you lots of Lickies, Love Ludo and Mum. (and Arran and TND and Molly and Faline too. xx)