Being a dog owner is worth the heartache
I was touched to read the story in More magazine on Saturday, January 5 about the death of Cheslyn Baker's dog, Daisy.
I could identify with this well-written tale of the reciprocal devotion we all experience with our four-footed friends, as we own a near-identical hound who is causing us some serious heartache.
Our dog, Jake, is a labrador-cross that looks a lot like Daisy and is the same age. He is a second-time rescue dog and one of the most intelligent animals we have ever owned – and we have had plenty.
Cheslyn mentioned she didn't need a lead with Daisy and we are the same with Jake – he just doesn't wander off.
Now for the difficult part of the story. Jake fell ill about a year ago and we took him to the same vet's practice in Sileby that was mentioned in the story.
He was diagnosed with diabetes and a sympathetic vet gave us a choice of insulin injections or "cheerio".
We decided Jake's good company was well worth the trouble and expense of the twice-daily needle jabs and we have had lots of fun over another year. But now, due to the diabetes, Jake is going blind.
The vet says that at Jake's age, a serious eye operation would be a difficult option, so, we fear, it will not be long before the final decision has to be made. Sad, sad, sad. We have loved his company.
I have enclosed a photo of Jake taken last winter.
Raymond Mason, Cossington.