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We found him at the dog section of the Strathclyde Police, he and Jerry had been given to the police for whatever reason and the dogs were being assessed. Both dogs failed, Diesel - because he wouldn't play and Jerry - because he wouldn't 'come back'. It's strange but ever since I got Diesel home he's never stopped playing. Diesel and Jerry got on quite well together but soon Diesel 'attached' himself to me and didn't like it if Jerry wanted my attention.

We live at an old farm so Diesel enjoyed the life here and all the freedom, he also loved to follow me around if I was 'doing chores' like rolling the hayfield and he must have done dozens of miles over that field following the tractor or lawn mower. He was so quiet in the house and could surprise you by 'appearing' at the side of the chair. At night he loved to sleep in a door 'Ingle' and liked to be tucked under his old well-holed travelling rug (which was called Diesel's Tent), I still have it and it still has a hint of his scent (never washed since he last used it). Even though Jerry is still here, it's an empty place without 'my shadow' following me or (usually), standing right behind me.

Last May he started limping and the vet thought it could be Panosteitis, so for the last few months he had pain-killers, but on September 13th he was so lethargic and would only play with his ball for a few minutes. Eventually he just wanted to lie down and he didn't appear comfortable. We took him to the vet, he said that there was something far wrong with Diesel's circulation, we took the hardest decision ever and Diesel went 'off to sleep'.

The following day a post mortem was carried out. There was a growth on Diesel's spleen which had ruptured and caused internal bleeding. At least he had been on (quite strong) pain-killers that day, and at the end of his life I was with him and telling him I was tucking him into his 'tent'. I keep the hope that he and I will meet again some day. People say that they 'choose' a dog, I think it's not like that - I think (if you're lucky) a dog will choose you. Well, now 'The Lord has my Shepherd' and if anyone reads this because they too have suffered the loss of their best friend my heart goes out to them.

By Jim

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Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....


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