Thursday, February 27
Never for one minute did we expect Sunday to turn out as it did. We took Elsie and Bing to Redcar, where only a week previous we had come across Bing's brother and sister and had a time of great joy and fun.
It happened in a split second. Bing was chasing his ball and I was next to Elsie. She collapsed.
Jon was at her side in a flash, picking her up and running to the van. Members of the public could see something was wrong and came to help.
We got Elsie into the van and I phoned the vets to let them know we were on our way.
I sat in the back with Elsie and Bing.
We arrived at the vets but Elsie had passed away.
Gone, in a flash with no warning.
Elsie was devoted to Jon and it will take time for the loss to sink in.
She mellowed with the arrival of Bing and spent many hours training him and showing him the ropes, including how to be the "works dog".
Bing will be going to the workshop with Jon and we feel Elsie will be watching over his every move.
Too soon however, whilst she was about 12 she had a good life and we will miss her.
The best dog Jon has ever had.