My son had a little dog called Chopper. ( Named after a notorious criminal, Chopper Reid.) We was a Jack Russell, King Charles Spaniel cross and he had the sweetest personality. He has been part of our family since he was a pup. We always looked after him when they went on holidays or had to go somewhere where they couldn't take him. He would tear up and down the beach in sheer delight and loved to find ways to escape.
He and Charlie, my dog, have always been the best of friends and have grown old together. When they were puppies they romped around.
My grand daughters have grown up with him and Charlie.
As a little thing they would always stay close and play next to her. Here she turned around and told them they were making too much noise!
But now he has grown old and ill, so the decision had to be made to put him down. He was just in so much pain. It is very sad to loose a family member and the girls have given him a funeral and buried him in the garden.
Monique has her own telescope and often he would sit beside her as she looked out at the skys. This inspired an embroidery for one of my Children's Classes a few years ago which was made into covers for the lids of boxes. I called the embroidery " Download Choppy and the Universe . In memory of Chopper I offer it as a free download.