Hi my name is Bea, I am the lucky companion of a beautiful canine creature called Ruby. She is 13, born on 20th June 2005 to Kizzy, who lived with my sister and niece. Kizzy was a mongrel but predominantly Collie and Lurcher. Ginger and white long soft fluffy hair, the body shape of a slightly thin Collie. Ruby's dad was a dark brindle Staffie called Blagger. I didn't know him, but understand he was a good chap. I knew Kizzy, Ruby's mum, very well. You could not meet a nicer dog. Ruby is similarly kind and gentle, but a lot more energetic (bonkers!) than her mum. Has had a much happier, better life than her mum to be honest. Kizzy passed away four years ago. Ruby is still going strong, although has age-related hearing loss and today was diagnosed with kidney failure. Also today ran around with a six-month-old labrador in the park as if she was a puppy, for 45 minutes, before coming home for a long nap on the sofa. She's been off her food for a couple of weeks, and in the last three months has gone down from 20kilos to 16.5kilos. She's drinking and urinating excessively, and has wet the bed overnight several times in the last fortnight. She's never had a day time accident in her adult life. I'm here to learn everything I can so I can support her as best I can with this diagnosis, and for the rest of her life. She's my best friend and the love of my life.