Jane and I only had him for four months, and we're devastated. For the first time in years, we are without dog. Snowy died just two months ago and the place just seems so empty.
In his short time with us, Beanso went on all sort of adventures, including a trip down to Exeter by train (and a subsequent appearance on the Dogs On Trains Tumblr), a ride in a canoe, a weekend working in a bike shop (above) and a memorable Christmas holiday. He was - quite simply - the best dog I've ever had, and the happiness we got from him was immense.
Our love for him was repaid in utter disloyalty, as demonstrated by his attempts to follow other people home from his walks, or to jump into the back of any car that had a door left open. But he was still the best dog ever, and I will fight a duel with any man who says otherwise.
And this song was playing in the background when the vet broke us the awful news. It seems dreadfully appropriate, but has wrecked Stand By Me forever.
Goodbye Beanso, we shall miss you always.
Please: No bad poetry, stupid jokes or Rainbow Bridge. I'm really not up for the Rainbow Bridge.
As usual, thanks to dogs charity Oldies Club for giving us the opportunity to adopt Beanso in the first place.