We don’t often publish really emotional posts, however we feel that we need to today. We reckoned that we can’t spend years blogging about all aspects of life and then not dedicate a post to one of the most important things – no matter how difficult. Our much-loved Weimaraner, Fudge passed away two days ago at the age of twelve. We knew this day would shortly arrive, he’d been suffering with hip and spine degeneration and digestive problems. Despite this, the devastation we’ve been feeling since it happened is crushing.
He’s been an integral part of our lives for such a long time, just getting through the mundane day-to-day chores is horrendous. What seemed important before suddenly feels irrelevant. As we work from home, he’s been in our company practically 24 hours a day. When we think about all the things we’ve shared – the thousands of walks, the holidays, days pottering in the garden, nights by the fire, the pork pies!
The house feels completely empty without him. In the future we hope to console ourselves with the fact that he had a great dog’s life and couldn’t have been more loved – and the reason it’s so painful is that we had something very special to lose. For the time being, it’s a bit of a struggle to say the least. You have to just keep going, we suppose.
We’ll try to keep on top of business and blogging as we work our way through the loss and grief. If there are any hiccups in our normal routine or schedule, we hope you’ll understand.
When it comes to most things H is for Home, Fudge shows little or no interest in proceedings. However, the arrival of a box of tasty treats from Webbox, meant that he suddenly wanted to get involved!
We started by asking for his feedback on their premium fresh chicken with garden vegetables. He was too busy eating to talk, but we got the distinct impression that he approved. It’s made from 100% natural ingredients – easily digestible protein, vegetables, beneficial herbs, mineral rich seaweed and slow-release carbohydrate energy in the form of brown rice – a complete food that provides just about everything required for a well-balanced diet.
A sample of the little snacks followed. The flavour combinations are very exciting – for example, the healthy treat bars – chicken with pea & blueberries and chicken with duck & cranberry. Something a bit out of the ordinary for our canine cousins. Delicious was the verdict again!
We’ve held some of Fudge’s hamper back so he has something to enjoy on Christmas Day. He’s got a three bird roast turkey kibble, pork chipolatas and ‘pigs in blanket’ treats too. A glass of wine and he’ll be sorted!
It never ceases to amaze us the speed at which Fudge can demolish a bowl of food. You’d think we starve him, but we can guarantee that’s far from the case. We always get the, “is there any more please?” look. Thanks to Webbox there’ll indeed be more to follow in the coming days!
We’re running this month’s competition in association with tails.com – and Fudge is obviously very happy to get involved in this one!
As you can see, he couldn’t contain his excitement when the package arrived.
The prize is a month’s supply of bespoke dog (or puppy) food, tailor-made to your precious pooch’s needs – age, size, dietary requirements and health issues.
tails.com is a really well designed and easy to navigate website. Just enter your pet’s details and it will magically tell you what mix of food they need and how much of it makes a portion. A handy scoop is included to help you measure the amount correctly every mealtime. Each month, you’ll receive a new delivery before your current bag of food runs out. You can update, pause or cancel online at any time.
Yada, yada, yada – can we get on with trying out the food now?
Patience never was one of Fudge’s virtues, especially when it comes to food! He reminded us that it’s all well and good that the food is stuffed full of protein, vitamins and minerals, but is it tasty? We had to agree that the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so the waiting was over – and he genuinely loved it. Here he is devouring his bespoke dinner!
To win a month’s supply of tails.com tailor-made dog or puppy food leave a comment telling us the name, age and breed of your dog.
We may have mentioned in the past that our Weimaraner, Fudge in his old age is beginning to suffer with his hips. He now has trouble going up & down stairs and needs to be carried over stiles when we go walking in the hills.
One of the other symptoms is that he drags one of his rear paws as he walks; so much so that he has worn his toenails down to the quick. We’ve bought him some dog boots (#2 above) which should allow his nails to slowly regrow.
They’re also good for allowing cuts on paw pads time to heal – and indeed, to prevent injury in the first place if walking terrain is likely to be jagged, rough or strewn with sharp objects.
We received a surprise cheque in the post last week. Not a lottery style win or anything, but a couple of hundred pounds that we weren’t expecting. So, only one thing for it – ‘save half, spend half!’. Adelle got a pair of new shoes, Justin needs some new jeans – and Fudge got a lovely new collar & lead set.
The collars are very well made – and customised too which is included in the price. Just one word of caution – if you have a dog that pulls very hard, we have known this type of clip-in fastening to pop open suddenly. This might be an issue if your dog has an aggressive streak, runs into busy roads or heads off into the hills as soon as it gets chance!
We went for the vibrant orange – he might be ten years old, but Fudge still likes to turn heads. You can almost hear him saying, “Don’t I look handsome… not bad for an old man”. The George Clooney of the canine world!