After years of waiting for a dog, I didn’t think when I finally got one, it would be for less than 5 years. But after getting Beren and hearing the diagnosis of Ventricular Septal Defect when he was only a couple months old, I didn’t know what to expect anymore. Truth is, in a lot of ways, it’s been a rough road for Beren and for us. Last week we said goodbye, and I held him close as he was put to sleep. Beren’s life never was very normal, especially for a Border Collie. He was a great dog, forever studying me to learn my routines and patterns. I’ve never seen a dog think the way Beren did. I talked to him a lot, and I could reason with him. He understood me so well. Since he was blind in one eye, he liked to lean on me and stay close to me while I worked. He pretended to be bold, but he was more of a scaredy cat. Even though he wasn’t loud, the house seems so much quieter now. I really miss him.