• Lucy


    Thank you all so much for your lovely messages about my diet.  I’m afraid things have lapsed rather, partly because we’ve had a death in the family.

    It was a fairly small death, given that it happened to a little red dog who’d ruled our family for eleven years.  But as I’m sure many of you know, a small death such as this can have a very big impact.

    Lucy developed a liver condition in March and we were told that she had no functioning liver.  No one mentioned it to her, however, so although the weight fell off her and she was always ravenously hungry, she carried on being her bright, bossy self until just recently. 

    I think the hardest part was that we had to decide the moment.  We weren’t told by the vet that it was the only thing we could do for her.  Eventually we did make the decision and on her last day Desmond took her for her favourite walk in the park.  The previous day she had to be carried home as she was too weak to walk.  On her last day she ran around and chased a squirrel. 

    Of course we discussed cancelling the appointment, but we came to the conclusion that we didn’t want her to get worse.  Some days she was so weak she had to be carried.  She’d stopped being able to eat biscuits.  But while Desmond was on the phone to the vet and I was listening she hopped onto the sofa and ate the cheese from my salad.

    I heard Monty Don said no relationship with an animal ends well but I hope we don’t dwell on Lucy’s end for too long.  She was such a strong character, she’s more than frail little thing we said goodbye to. 

  • Comments on this post (52 comments)

    • Karen Dinan says...

      I’m so sorry to hear your sad news about your beautiful Lucy. They’re a huge part of the family and they take a piece of your heart when the pass. Thinking of you xx

      January 10, 2021

    • Denise Grant says...

      So sad about Lucy. She had eleven great years with you and your family. Memories always stay with us of our dear pets. What a character!

      January 10, 2021

    • Joan Wills says...

      It is so sad to lose a pet, Very much like losing a member of the family. I had to make the decision for my cat who was 19 years old. Heart breaking.. My thoughts are with you.

      December 14, 2020

    • Alison Craig says...

      My heart goes out to you as a fellow dog lover and sadly someone who has had to make that awful decision for our dear old dogs Flora and Sammy a few years back.
      The hardest thing and yet part of being the best friend they ever had. In a better place and free of all difficulty, a desperately hard yet kind act.

      Best wishes to you and yours from me and mine.

      Alison Craig x

      December 14, 2020

    • SharonDixon says...

      Thinking of you sorry for your loss think of the good times you had with her she will always be in your heart.

      December 14, 2020

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