Farewelling a man's best friend

It is not easy signing someone's death warrant, even if it is for a barely alive, ragamuffin dog that loved menacing people with her teeth. A dog that, friends and family often joked, was the "other" woman in the life of my partner Neill. Our muscular red german shorthaired pointer, rhodesian ridgeback cross called Chilli had dwindled before our eyes in a few weeks to a frail, wobbly old lady, with a ghostly white head.

Image: Ben Collins

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/8...