Sudo; 28/09/2009 - 27/03/2023
Today we said goodbye to the best dog I have ever known. An absolutely wonderful companion to all of us, but especially Tabitha as he informed a true love and compassion for animals that is fundamental to who she is.
Sudo was initially supposed to be a dog for Charlotte, but through remote working very quickly became my colleague. He would sit with me through the working day, we'd go for walks, integrate into the local dog park (even though Sudo was never really one for other dogs).
When Tabitha came along, we were nervous about how he'd be. You can never really tell how a dog is going to react to children, but fortunately he has always been incredibly gentle and patient with her as she learned to be gentle with him. Ever since she was old enough to be aware of him, she has doted on him. She wanted to be the one holding his lead whilst walking, the one throwing his ball, and he's always gladly obliged.
Unfortunately, the last few months have seen him slow down and get older, and his health gradually deteriorate and we made the unbearable decision to let him go. Still holding onto a lot of guilt from having Amelie put to sleep, this has been something that I genuinely haven't felt strong enough to do, but watching him quietly drift off and his pain evaporate, I know it's the right decision.
I'm going to miss him so much; we all are. I cannot imagine my life without him. He's been in everything we do for so long.