To a neighbour that has now left, he will be remembered as the dog that ate her chicken ! (it was already dead and cooked) albeit, it was meant for Sunday lunch.
To Wendy and Andy Winfrow, he will be remembered as a lovely son of Champion Laios, and exactly the same sort of character.
To Anne and Alex Timmins, he produced them a Champion when they used him on their Vornlante Quella - she was misbehaving with all other suitors, but Josh won her round I am pleased to say, even though the deed took place half way in Alex`s fish-pond. !
To my daughter Kate, he will be remembered as the docile loving dog that came to stay for a week-end, and put a very very unpleasant and undesirable neighbour in his place.
So you see - Josh was an ambassasor for our lovely breed, and all things to all men.... but to myself and Shirley and Zep, he was - good old, plain old, Josh.
Josh who slept at the bottom of the stairs, Josh who scrounged any food he could, even off the surfaces in the kitchen ! Josh who was my dads best pal, Josh who produced our second Champion and Josh who was always there when I came in from work, just to rub all over my trousers because they were black and gathered hairs - I wish I had never moaned at him for that now.
I was really wanting Josh to stay until we moved to our new house, so that he could run the fields, but it was not meant to be - I have all of my memories with him and they will come with me. Even though I have been in this game 30 years, it doesnt get any easier, - I WOULDNT WANT IT TO. I have lost all of my "oldies" very recently, Theo, Penny, Gremlin, Beth, and now Josh in the space of 18 months. My memories are very full of good times with them though, and that is the important thing. Thanks for reading my "ramblings".
love to you all Mo