|Emma and puppy training|
|Nicola and sleepy puppy|
|He did love a boat trip|
|Snow, snow balls, misbehaving - happy boy!|
We knew Whisper was getting old - he was 12, with arthritis especially in the lower back and back legs, and he was pretty much completely deaf. We'd adapted to that. He was still the adorable border collie he always was.
|Water therapy helped get those back legs working again|
Canine prostate cancer is rare, but sadly it seems to be very aggressive with no cure. It quickly spread through the spine and into the chest. We did our best to listen to Whisper, and he let us know when he'd had enough. He was still enjoying his food to the end, and even his walks.
On Sunday he was unable to settle down - just pacing the house. So I put him on a large soft cushion and sat with him all afternoon - he settled, his breathing settled, and we spent the time together. I did the same overnight, putting him on the bed. His ribs and all his under carriage were so sore that it seemed to hurt him to lie down. Hence the big cushion and the bed. Eventually he slept peacefully and soundly for about 3 hours, with his head and paw resting on me.
The following morning, yesterday, we took him to the vets. He's now buried in the garden near to the rabbit and I will be planting wild speedwell over his grave - these were the flowers in bloom in the woods on Sunday when he had a very short but peaceful last walk.
I don't know if the symptoms are typical of canine prostate cancer, but if sharing this story helps even just one person, then I'm glad to share.
So, dry your tears and hear the good news - as a celebration of Whisper's life we will be donating 20% from all sales from our Border Collie page to The Animal Health Trust charity in Newmarket. It's an amazing animal charity - find out more about them here. Over the next few weeks we will be trying to add more collie designs and products so do check this page out from time to time.
And we're just working out how to put a Donate to Charity button on our website, for those of you who may support our cause but don't particularly want border collie products.