It's a touching story and a sad one.
He quoted Kipling:
THERE is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
For some light relief after reading Neil's post, here are my dogs, tearing up my heart, or fighting to win it.