Sadly, Cosmo died yesterday. The vet came to the house, and the end was peaceful and in familiar surroundings.
Cosmo was on his bed sleeping mid-afternoon, and it seemed right that that was where his day ended.
It was a sleepy sort of day for everyone, overcast and cooler.
It seemed fitting that Cosmo had an active day on Friday, enjoying the grass on a sunny day (see previous post).
Pete drove many miles yesterday to share the grieving and the happy memories. He was Cosmo’s first owner. Cosmo came from a Masterton breeder, and was 12 weeks old when Pete collected him in November 2003, and we celebrated his 15th birthday on 1 August this year.
Cosmo was a feisty little border terrier, curious and eager to be part of everything, a companion for Pete and for Kate and Will. Pete’s sister, Jean, once commented that Cosmo had the ambition to be a hood ornament as he pressed his nose to the windscreen, eager to be on the move and going somewhere interesting. And he did go to lots of interesting places – sometimes unaccompanied, until Pete worked out that Cosmo was climbing the ladder to the tree house and launching himself over the fence to freedom.
With me, he had daily walks, mostly with Nola as he got older, and a weekly visit to the beach, followed by a bath in the wheelbarrow. And there were camping trips and rabbit hunts with Pete.
He recovered well from a pit-bull attack, tooth extractions and a bout of Cushings, to have a more settled old age.
This morning, the first dog I saw at the beach was a border terrier who seemed quite unconcerned to be made a fuss of and wept over. Dogs are much more matter of fact than we are.
It was great to see that there are many more dogs having their day on the beach, on the street with owners on leads, and in cars with their ears in the breeze.
Now, particularly that cheerful, distracting little Jock has returned to his home, it is Cosmo’s absence we are noticing about the house, whereas it was his presence we were always conscious of before.
Here is his grave, beneath the apple tree and grape vine, close to the house so he is part of the embrace of home and of us, with his old companions, Mack (border collie, died 2012, under the raspberries) and Skipper (cat, died 2016, by the rosemary, near previous cat, Holly), not far away.
Rest in peace, wee chap.