Bob Jones 2000-2010
He was my shadow, the most handsome dog in the world and today after fighting hard for life he passed on to the meadow's in the sky to forever run in long grass and play in the brooks as long as he wants.
The title at the top of the blog talks about the trials and tribulations well Bob certainly had his own trials and this last week was the worst yet, he finally succumbed to a large growth on his liver.
He was my constant companion and at times could be a pest especially when I was trying to do a fiddly job he would nudge my arm constantly to play or throw the ball or just give him a stroke. I would try to be angry with him but it would be fleeting as he would smile back at me and wag his tail furiously.
He kept me fit by walking me at every opportunity and always just ahead checking the way and investigating every sniff and sound. He was my best friend asking nothing of me other than time and company, leaning into my legs as he sat by me and emitting a happy rumble deep in his chest as I rubbed his flanks.
He leaves behind two very sad people and his protege Erik who will miss him as he has this last week but dogs are stronger than people, I know it will take a long time to get over his passing but eventually I'll look back with love and affection and remember only the good times.