Today we bid a sad farewell.
When I was a kid, my Mum rescued a kelpie bitch that was a year old, she had just weaned a litter of pups and her owner had decided to shoot her rather than cough up to have her spayed, so Mum brought her home as soon as she heard about it and had her done.
I grew up with Tippy as a family member. When my Mum passed on 7 years ago, I wasn't in a position to keep Tippy so she went to a very good friend.
Then recently, my friend went through a difficult patch including having to move in a hurry to a rental that didn't allow pets so I naturally offered to have Tippy home - she felt like the last living link to my mother I had.
Tippy came to us 24th of November, which ironically was the 7th anniversary of mums passing.
I took her to the vet for a check over, she had cancer but it wasn't affecting her. She was a little creaky but otherwise in really good shape.
17 years of age, a little deaf and a little stiff she was still the Tippy we knew, happy with a grin on her face and full of get up and go. She still chased balls, still gave Kani a good butt-wooping when he overstepped the mark.
Yesterday she played ball, scoffed her dinner and came for a paddle in the dam as always.
Then this morning when we got up I discovered that Tippy had gone blind overnight, her eyes were red, she was suddenly struggling to move around and was really miserable. I got her down to Donna at Serpentine Vets as soon as possible.
It turns out Tippy had a stroke in the night, the cancer had spread aggressively and very fast in comparison to when Donna saw her just a month ago. She'd had a massive bleed which was why she was blind and she was in a really bad way. So I decided no more pain and we said our goodbyes.
Tippy has now been laid to rest on our property, in her favourite shady spot where she liked to bury her bones and treats.
Farewell Tippy, I do wish we'd had longer than a month but I know Mum wa waiting for you.
Here are some images of Tippy taken just yesterday.