Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a beloved pet and although our girl was a ripe old age, we are all reeling at the shock and sadness of having to say goodbye.
This precious, clever, funny little dog found Moogsdad and I fourteen years ago (we've had her for most of our nearly 16 years together), when she was a bedraggled, mangey little 19month old mess in a tatty rescue centre. We'd only gone to look.
She came home with us straight away and within an hour was sitting in the dirtiest bath water you ever did see.
From day one she gently trained us in the right way for Border Collie owners to behave.
She brought us a million lifetimes worth of love, fun and joy.
She had her little quirks - like barking at the full moon, hot air balloons and the birds twittering in the garden; never wanting to play with other dogs; avoiding all children apart from our own two.
After a desperately difficult few days we made the decision all pet owners dread. Seeing our dear sweet girl unable to walk, lying sad and uncomfortable brought that decision sooner than we'd hoped.
So it was, that at 9 o'clock this morning our beautiful Moog gently left us and drifted off into a sleep from which she'll never wake. We were with her to the end and leaving her broke our hearts.