My heart ached for this poor baby when this picture arrived in my Inbox a short while ago. Meet Bentley a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who recently lost his buddy, Murphy, who passed away unexpectedly. In the canine world, there are not many things sadder than a little dog mourning the loss of his lifelong friend and companion. Bentley has been extremely listless and spends much of every day with his head between his paws grieving. His owners who are of course also broken hearted are also terribly distressed to see their remaining dog like this. Cheryl says that the only time Bentley shows any interest is when they go to town and return home, then he joyously runs from room to room, clearly hopeful that somehow Murphy might have returned in his absence. After carefully searching every room, Bentley goes and lies down again with a sigh to wait for his brother who is never coming home again.
Cheryl & Bryan had contacted me to see if perhaps we might have a good fit for their family and someone that might help sweet Bentley too. When I saw this picture, I told her she needed to quickly get another dog, whether from here or not wasn’t nearly as important as the urgent need to fill the empty place in this little Cavalier’s heart as quickly as possible. It’s all too easy for the dog left behind to begin to decline rapidly in a number of disheartening ways and the picture she had shared frightened me for the outlook for her remaining dog if she delayed too long.
We talked several times and I’m so happy to say that one of our little ones will be there to surprise him on Saturday. I’m counting the hours until that sad little face has a little furry bundle of puppy antics to bring zest and a happy sort of distraction back to his life. I know that this puppy will be good medicine for Bentley and for Cheryl and her husband Jim too.
POSTSCRIPT: I love what I do, I really do!!! These photos arrived today along with an animated video of Bentley playing with his new little “brother”, I especially love the second photo, see “Shamus” curled up close to his side? I can see the beginnings of a beautiful friendship.