Sadness overwhelmed me today reading about the sudden death of Cosby a guide dog partnered with David Blunkett. The story broke a few days ago but I only heard about it today as Lord Blunkett was on the radio talking about grief. 
I can't even begin to imagine the heartbreak of not only losing a close companion but also losing a life changing partnership that allowed him to live his life so fully. 
Some people find the idea of close relationships with animal mystifying, others couldn't imagine life without them. Where ever you sit on that scale it is worth remembering that when an animal dies or has to be given up for some reason, for example if the owner has to go into a care home, then real grief follows. Sadly many people who experience pet loss are not allowed to  

To read a news story about David Blunkett & Cosby - click here 

Image of Barney the labrador by Andy Adams