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Border Collie

This dog was one very special boy. He was the most affectionate, loving, cuddly dog I could have ever asked for. He was my first ever dog, and meant everything to me. He was always there for a cuddle, and even up until his very last few walks would chase balls along with Ernie! He could make me feel better by just being there, resting his head on my knee and looking up at me with his big brown eyes. He was my first ever dog, and my first ever real experience of death. He was born around the same time as me, and died when we were both 14. He was there throughout my whole childhood, right from when I was only 8 months old. He was also 8 months old. He had been there for as long as I could remember. He meant so much to me. Losing him was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. I'll always cherish the memories. I can remember we were on a walk and I slipped over, he carried on walking before realising I wasn't behind and then turned and came running up to me. Not long before you died, we went on one of our last walks and I can remember throwing the stone for Ernie and I can remember you went running after it as well. I would give anything in the world to go for one last walk with you. He came to us as a free unwanted puppy. His previous owners didnt understand the breed and he was apparently too hyper and naughty. Yes he was, at first but then with lots of training he turned into the most amazing dog we could have ever asked for. He was so loyal and just loved absolutely everyone. When on walks, and someone wanted to stroke him he would go all waggy tail up to them and put his head on there knee. On 19th November 2007, I woke to the sound of him collapsing. I can remember seeing him just lying there, helpless and just burst out crying. I'll never forget that awful day. He looked so helpless it was awful. Then, the doorbell went and he got up. We all felt a little tinge of hope then, but then we saw he couldnt move. Later that morning the hard decision was made to put him to sleep. I will never forget that one last cuddle we had. The feel of your fur and those gorgeous brown eyes looking up at me. I'll never forget walking away from you and just trying so hard to stop the tears. Then, throughout the day I can remember thinking to myself 'this isn't real, it can't be' over and over to the point where I actually believed it. I can remember walking home and before I even saw my house, I just burst into tears because it was real. Then walking into a house of just 3 dogs was unbearable. There was such a big hole for weeks. It has now been 2 years since he died, and I still miss him so much. He was just such an amazing dog, so calm so well-behaved and so affectionate. He loved everyone, and was so happy all the time. I would give anything for one last cuddle with him, he was just such an amazing dog. You will always be in my heart. You were my first dog, my first experience of death and my first rescue dog. You were my best friend, my childhood dog, my Ben. I still love you and miss you so much. You are now free from pain, and can run for miles and miles. I love you, and you will always be in my heart until we meet again.

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Apr 5, 2010 Rosie Chapman
Ben sure was an amazing dog from what I hear about him in his profile!!! Im very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved boy!! It sure is tough & it never gets better!!! But i know for a fact that he is in doggie heaven & he is living in a world where pain is nothing, & he will forever wait for you so take her time, dont rush b/c he will be there for you!!
Apr 6, 2010 wolfgirl66
Sorry! Sweet Ben will always be part of your hearts! RIP Beautiful Ben!
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