Prudence and Beloved were devastated when Kate, the blue heeler cross died nearly two years ago.
Suddenly the tennis balls of the world were a bit safer, but the aching hole in our lives has never healed.
This morning Jodie the kelpie - red heeler cross joined our multi-species family. Lola-cat is disgusted.
Jodie is five, and has lovely manners. She chases tennis balls and catches frisbees and barks only when necessary.
After a run in the park she lay down for a rest on her mat.
Beloved looked on fondly: "She needs a soft, cuddly toy".
Prudence: "Darling, NO! She's a kelpie!"
Beloved: "OK - a tonka truck".
At which they both dissolved into chuckles, because that's exactly what a tough kelpie needs!