Achilles’ Bentley glows brightly.

We let go of Achilles Saturday. He quite abruptly became lethargic. Had difficulty standing, refused food, so we went to the emergency vet.

The exam revealed that his pulse was thready, she was unable to clearly his heartbeat, his paws were cold. Something sinister (the vets’ exact word) was happening. it would have taken extensive testing and diagnosis to find out what was going on. Considering his age (14? 16? More?), aggressive action was problematic. We made the hard decision to let him go as gracefully as possible.

When we adopt a dog we implicitly make a bargain that we will be a responsible owner, which includes making difficult decisions.

This is the part of that bargain that really sucks.

Nonetheless I would not have it otherwise. As my brother wrote this morning, ‘It really sucks that our dear four legged friends will almost certainly die before we do. Even knowing that I would not give up the love, affection, friendship and fun they give us.’

The Bentley is a forehead blaze common to Australian Cattle Dogs and ACD crosses. When an ACD goes on ahead, the ACD world says ‘His (her) Bentley is glowing brightly.’

Chili’s glows brightly now.

Achilles07

Glowing Bentleys requested

Achilles (who we guess is 12 years old) will have several teeth extracted on Friday October 7. While he’s in otherwise good condition there is always a small risk of complications when a senior dog undergoes surgery.

Bentley‘ refers to the forehead blaze that all cattle dogs and most cattle dog crosses have. ‘Glowing Bentley’ is a phrase many ACD owners use to ask for, or to send, good thoughts. So while I expect no problems, I ask you to send glowing Bentley thoughts next Friday.

dscf8543-copy

Stella’s Bentley glows

Most cattle dogs and many ACDx have a Bentley, a white forehead blaze. Stella’s extends to the nape of her neck. Sometimes in the cattle dog community, an owner will request a glowing Bentley or send a glowing Bentley for a dog in distress or one no longer with us. I find it a charming, lovely sentiment.

DSCF4857 - Copy