We're seeing the vet later this morning and over breakfast I gently suggested to 'the font' that perhaps now is the time to recognize the inevitable and help him along on his journey. The reply was a very firm and very emphatic 'no!'. We would know when the time was right . For those of you who are new to the blog I should give you just a little background history. Last year we had a rather unpleasant robbery . Digby fought to defend 'the font' from the attackers despite being kicked and beaten with a fire iron. When ,under a hail of blows and gunshots he finally had to retreat under the bed he carried on fighting and barking out warnings until the police and ambulance services arrived. His little body might have been bloodied and bruised but when danger came he was willing to give his life for his family.
Update - Just back from the vet. A stark summary - nothing more to be done and no point in coming again. Although not unexpected it's upsetting to hear it spelt out with such blunt finality. He's lasted a week longer than expected. Digby will now be at home while everything shuts down. He's not feeling pain but the vet will come over when the call needs to be made - he's said the first signs of blood in Digby's stools or urine will be the time to act. Have just given him an insulin injection and he's settled down to sleep.