Coming: Last night when Scottie and I went for uor walk we saw swallows – the first if the season back from Africa. We saw three along by the Viking slip. They nest in the old Customs House. They are back about a week early – I don’t usually see them until May. No sign of the ones round my house yet….
Going: I have just returned from the vet having helped Steve have Taz put down.
I gave Taz to Steve as a birthday present 15 years ago. A collie/lab cross, he was a rescue – he was left on the pier in Stromness in the middle of summer, tied to a lamp post with no food or water. Fishermen noticed has was there in the evening and gave him a drunk, and when he was there the next morning they called the ‘cruelty man’. He spent the next two weeks in kennels at the farm where I used to carriage drive. He never stopped barking all that time, and only slept in snatches. But he was obviously a kind hearted and loving dog beneath the wariness, and I knew I could make something of him and give him a happy home.
When we took him to the vet, they recognised him as having been brought in with tales of ‘accidents’ which they did not believe, but there was nothing they could actually pin on the people who brought him in. He had had 2 broken legs and they said he would probably have problems with those if he lived to be old. He gradually lost his fear of people and started to enjoy life. He never stopped barking when people came up to the house (which is at the back of a farm) – until he became too deaf to hear them!!
He must have been 17 at least as he was a young dog not a puppy when we got him. The past couple of years he has been a Very Old Dog – perfectly happy, but growing deafer and blinder. But he enjoyed his walks when he wanted to go, and loved lying in the sea or the stream.
The past few days he has seemed a bit more confused and a bit agitated, so the decision was made. Those crooked legs never did bother him…!
Steve has Ben, the Scottie I got last year. Ben wanted to stay with Steve after I got back in the New Year, and Ben is very snuggly. Steve said that Ben knew something was up, and was trying to console him…