A week ago tomorrow my precious 15 year and 7 month old yorkie/cavalier king charles dog closed her eyes for the last time, I'm stil numb and cant believe shes not here with me anymore. We got our Lucy to help my daughter, who was 6 at the time to help her recover from a serious illness, which she did so excellently!! My daughter is now nearly 23 so Lucy has been such a massive part of both our lives. Lucy had never been ill in all her life, but she had some kind of fit on christmas eve so we took her to the vets who said that they would like her in for some tests in the new year, which they did, the tests revealed that she had a heart murmur and also some tumours, you would never of guessed that she was so ill though as she was still running around ( we had to try and stop that though in case she had another fit) I think lucy thought that she was 5 and not 15. On the 25th of february her breathing suddenly became very heavy so we took her to the vets who decided that they should keep her in overnight for observation, when I rang the next day they told my daughter and I that they thought it was time to say goodbye and we should go and see her. We were obviously totally distraught and the vets told us that she was too ill to bring home but we had to take her home with us one last time, we just didnt want her to go laying in that awful cage they had her in, when we got her home she suddenly started coming round a bit and even went walking around the garden, it truely was a miracle, after a few days she started eating again and we gradually nursed her back to a worthwhile life with absolute love, we even managed a few outings for the day. So we had an extra 7 further more precious weeks with her, but last friday we could just tell that she had had enough. She was just so brave and even up to a few hours before she died she made sure she went out in the garden as she didnt want to make a mess in the house, how amazing is that, i just dont know where she got the strength from. We brought her home last friday and buried her in the garden on saturday with her favourite toy with her. She has solar lights around her so she is'nt in the dark at night and we've also just got a rose which is called a Lucy rose, that will be planted next to her. Tomorrow at 15.50, the time she died we are going to let some balloons in the air for her. This is such a dreadful time and I am in such pain.