Last Saturday his long-term medical condition suddenly took a turn for the worse and it was clear that his remarkable ability to manage the various mobility weaknesses had left him. He had a comfortable night, but on Sunday the situation was fully evident and he was not able to walk anymore. We spent the day in the garden in what was, mercifully, a lovely sunny day and he was calm and content. He spent a quiet night and was not in any distress and we were with him. The following day we called the vet, related the situation and said we wanted to have him put to sleep before any distress did set in, as it was bound to do. Once at the vet’s we sat with him in the sunshine for an hour or so; he had an anaesthetic and was then put to sleep. Throughout this he remained the Oska we knew, calm and sweet, until what was a peaceful and dignified end.
We feel his absence very keenly. He has been so much part of our lives when we lived in Devon, and he has been at the centre of what we have developed here in ‘Nichoir’. His lovely, gentle and positive influence will remain with us.
We thought we would include some photos across his life: