29.06.1997 - 07.06.2012
Rossarden Conquering Hero
A little bit deaf, with cataracts and arthritis, visitors to our house sometimes could not believe Conker was nearly 15 human years or 73 dog years. (Seemingly, the human/dog year conversion formula is actually 10.5 dog years per human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per human year for each year after, and not 7 years as everyone, ourselves included, think.) He was always so sprightly and playful, which we would put down to his fondness for his daily slice of carrot. 'If the piggies are getting anything I want whatever it is too !!!' Sometimes unable to wheek their loudest when it was piggy tea time, we are sure those piggies trained Conker to sit by the fridge as a back up reminder !!! He loved looking in the fridge.
But old age catches up with us all and Conker had slowed down dramatically over the last few months. We knew this day was close at hand, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with. And because of his great age and doggy problems there are so many reminders of him around the house - We have wooden floors, so there are little mats everywhere for him to lie on. There is a ramp outside our back door to make it easier for him to get to and from the garden. And when we built the kitchen, we incorporated an area for his bed. He even has his own food cupboard and 4 pm will always be Conker's tea time.
He was only a small dog, a Cairn Terrier, but he always managed to stand in the middle of anywhere, making you have to step over or walk round him, he was never the one to move. You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to hoover, he was like a little old man. A real character. The house seems so empty without him now.
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." - Unknown