Sian was a loyal friend who lived a very active life for 13 out of her 14 years. Over the last 12 months she had finally started to show her age and was slowing down. She comforted my Mum after my Dad died. She kept watch over me - leaving Mum's bed to sleep with me - while I was pregnant. Even as an old lady she tolerated Rhainwen's pushing, pulling and awkward hugs.
We knew she only had a short time left when her kidneys started to fail a few months ago. She also had a stroke about six weeks ago. She was on a special diet which gave her a new but brief lease of life. Over the laqst 48 hours, she stopped eating and could no longer stand. The time had come. We spent yesterday cuddling her and took her to the vet this morning.