Our Jack Russell, Charlie, died peacefully last night in our garden under a star filled sky lit by the full moon. He had been losing weight and energy over the last couple of months and was diagnosed as having kidney failure. There is no cure for this but the vet put him on a high calorie, low protein diet and pills to reduce his metabolism. On Friday he asked to return home early from his morning walk and ate little. Yesterday he showed little interest in anything and would not eat. We felt his systems were shutting down.
Charlie was born in St.Agnes and we acquired him as a puppy. He lived with us in Truro until we moved to Spain in December 2002. He has had a great life here. In the mountains of Los Guajares he chased wild boar, in the olive groves of Loja he hunted rabbits, and he loved his long walks around the coast and hills of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. He was also very sociable and enjoyed going into Spanish villages and meeting up with the local dogs for a good sniff and leg-cock.
Although he enjoyed walking along the beaches he was not keen on the sea but liked to cool off at the water’s edge. Above is the last photo we took of him which was taken earlier this year at El Playazo de Rodalquilar.