Our pet dog and companion called Odin, died yesterday morning just over 9 years old whilst recovering from spinal surgery. When people asked me his age I use to say 9 year old pup, as he never grew up and was the Peter Pan of the dog world. He was a Dobermann with absolute superb temperament. Often wed walk past ducks and he just ignored them. One time (wish I had, had a camera to prove it but), I use to feed the ducks regularly and I think they got use to him being there. One day somebody had piled a mound of bread on the bank and a duck was at one side eating the bread and Odin went to the other side sniffing where the duck was eating they were no more than 12inches away. Neither bothering with the other, and when Odin had had his sniff just walked on. He was my dog and followed me every where and even had to be in the bathroom when I took a shower. They use to call him my shadow. He loved to be petted and would either sit aside you, and throw his head back signifying he wanted stroking, or would roll on his back pawing with his front legs till you stroked his belly. Most people that knew him and had a ounce of love for animals quickly fell under his charm and commented how lovely a dog he was. If I was at the vets waiting to see a vet, if the nurses knew he was in the waiting room would come out and make a fuss of him. Sometime someone I knew would be talking to someone with a small dog and they would put it on the lead as we approached (falling under the misconception what Dobermanns are really like) but the person would say its all right its Odin you will not meet a softer dog. He was the happiest dog I have ever known and my mate said if he was reincarnated he would want to come back as him. Although I feel cheated they he was taken too soon, and he had more happy years left to live, I feel extremely lucky that I had 9 years of his love and got to share his happiness. Below is my desktop which has been there since I took the picture last year. To paraphrase McCoy in Star Trek In this galaxy, there's a mathematical probability of three million Earth-type planets. And in all of the universe, three million million galaxies like this. And in all of that and perhaps more, there will never be an other like Odin. Rest in peace and happiness youll be in our thoughts forever.