Harvey

When we first met you, S wasn’t sure. You were the last of litter. The runt. Overly excitable and full of energy. But from the minute I met you it was game over. I was in love.

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I soon came to realise just how ‘special’ you were. A more accident-prone dog I’d never met. Like the time you jumped off a 5 metre ledge and used your face as a landing pad.
Or the time you took on a cat… and lost.
Or the time you thought it would be a good idea to chase a herd of cattle.

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It didn’t matter. We patched you up and you just kept on getting back up despite it all. You became a regular patient at the vet and everyone joked about how indestructible you were.

Along with Baxter, you took the world head-on (often literally) and never complained about anything.

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Then, one day, after 9 years of adventures and mishaps, I found a malignant tumour on you. It was cancerous. It was removed, you started chemo and you carried on.

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But then came the inevitable day when you couldn’t keep going anymore. You were in pain and you couldn’t do the things you loved anymore. You’d been through enough and I knew it was time I had to say goodbye to you.

I started to miss you before you were even gone. After almost a decade of having you by my side, sleeping at the foot of my bed, nuzzling me in the mornings and protecting me always, I know there will forever be a paw-shaped hole missing from my heart.

You were my best friend and I was honoured to be your human.

Rest now, Harvey.

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