Our dog Girl died today. She was mum's dog and we have had her since mum died in 2001. I'll be honest and say I'm not much of a dog person, however, in the eight years we had her, she did grow on me!
Mum found her in the scrub and she'd had the shit beaten out of her and it took her a couple of weeks to get close enough to get a collar around her neck and catch her!
I don't' know how old she was, but maybe about 16yrs? She was so old we knew she wouldn't be around for much longer. I'll miss her, we all will, she was also my last living link to mum, so that hurts as well!