This week we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Becca-Becca. Although she was old it came quite out of the blue: one day she was fine, the next a bit poorly and the day after that in a really bad way. When the greediest, most food-obsessed dog I’ve ever known won’t touch her food you know there’s something seriously wrong. We took her to the vets and he pretty much confirmed what we knew but didn’t want to hear.
I won’t go into detail but we stayed with her until the very end.
She has left a hole in our lives and our home. It feels much more spacious without turning round to see her standing there, or tipper-tapping endlessly around the kitchen while tea’s on. Her settee is now free to actually use. I’d say we can safely leave food about now but we can’t; the cats are just as bad as Becca for scrounging and stealing food but it’s worse because they can get on the worktops!
Becca has been my shadow for these last 7 months whilst I’ve been on maternity. She was always there to stroke, talk to and get under my feet. She was Mr P’s baby for 8 years and his first child, as he called her.
It’s incredible how big of an effect a doggy has on a household. They’re part of the family that goes without saying, but their presence is so much more significant than puppy eyes and a wagging tail. A dog is always there for you, waiting for playtime and cuddles (and a treat of course!). No matter what type of day you’ve had, or even what kind of person you are, your dog will do everything they can to cheer you up. To them, you’re one of the best things in the world.
Dogs are as unique and individual as us humans and their personalities should be celebrated and embraced, even if they do your head in at times. They love unconditionally and find excitement in everything. If we borrowed their perspective the world would be a better place that’s for sure. As for pets – if you have any now go and give them a cuddle. Even if they’re an arse at times, or all the time, they still love you. And we love them – more than we realise.
Sleep tight, Becca old lass. We miss you.