Thank you all so much for your kind and comforting words.
Old Dog`s friend ( and distant cousin), Whisper Dog, is finding this as hard as we are. Whisper is the one with the white end to his tail in this photo of the two dogs in the garden. He spends a lot of time looking over our cattle grid by the gate, waiting for his friend to come home from a Forest walk. Taking Whisper walking and playing ball ( gently - he is almost fourteen and has arthritis too) has helped to cheer him a little.
Yesterday was hard. Today, we feel better for a while and then the loss suddenly hits home again. That is the way that grief works, so we just have to take each moment as it comes.
Living in the beautiful New Forest, I am a married late-fifties woman, a recently retired teacher and the mother of grown up boys who have flown the nest. I share my days with cats, dogs, ponies and the wildlife all around us. Starting this blog is a chance to explore woods, fields, lanes and heath with my camera. A chance to share the simple pleasures of my country life.