It’s been a tough couple of weeks.

Two Fridays ago, my dog Mister Benji was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that means he won’t be with us for longer than a few months.

He’s not a young dog — his 14th birthday is in November — so I knew something was on the horizon, but it’s a difficult time. I’ve never lived with an animal for as long as this before, and we’ve been through so much together that it’s painful to imagine being without him.