There is some sad news here today.
My little dog Bo, who has pretty much been my shadow for 14 years, left us. He was very ill and suffering and it did not seem right to prolong that. But the house is so empty. I keep listening for him. When I come home there is no deliriously happy greeting. Little Bo is somewhere else. But not here.
He came to live with us in 2002 soon after he was born and Andy named him Bogancs (Boh’ Ganch) which means Thistle in Hungarian and is the name of the title character in the book by Fekete Istvan (Stephen Black, in translation) which is the equivalent of the book Lassie in English. Bogancs is a Puli, a Hungarian sheep herding breed. He is separated from his master and the main part of the book is about his adventures trying to get home again, which, of course, he does. It’s even been translated into English and made into a movie which Andy had seen in Hungary and which inspired the naming.