Belle is a lovely 15-year-old border collie who belongs to our friends and neighbours at Bryan's Beach, Michael and Judy Corboy.

Belle, in her old age, can hardly see or hear, but - as a constant participant at social gatherings and as a regular presence in her daily walk on the beach - she is well-known and much loved by all of us at Bryan's Beach.

A few days ago, she asked, as was usual in the late afternoon, to be allowed outdoors for a spell.


It was a cold, wet and windy afternoon and, worryingly, she failed to