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Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it

Friday June 22nd 2012 - Blind dog Kip, Update 11.15pm

It's with the greatest sadness and many tears that I write this. Less than an hour ago I read the devastating and tragic news on Kip's Doglost page that the search for him had been called off - his body had been found washed up on the beach at Low Hauxley at the north of Druridge Bay earlier today; it seems that he must have been in the sea since soon after he went missing. I can only imagine what his owner Sylvia is going through right now; she must be absolutely heartbroken that she has been reunited with her beloved boy in this way. Everyone was so hoping that he would soon be found alive and well so this news is absolutely devastating. It's little consolation I know but at least Sylvia now has closure and won't always be left wondering.

Kip's story has touched the hearts and lives of so many people, and even though most of us never met him or Sylvia the sadness now he has gone is truly overwhelming for all of us. His passing hasn't been in vain though; the search for him has brought many Doglost helpers together and forged new friendships; it has also brought Doglost to the attention of many who didn't know about it, resulting in many new members who also helped in whichever way they could in the search for him. Some of those members will now be helping in the search for Archie, another spaniel who recently went missing in the north east. Kip may no longer be here but in his own way he has left a lasting legacy, so he has earned his wings.

Goodbye sweet Kip, you were loved so much. Run free at Rainbow Bridge little man  xx

Updated June 25th - Sylvia is arranging a get-together and barbecue on Saturday 30th for anyone who helped in the search for Kip, at a coastal location close to where he went missing, and his ashes will be scattered on the beach he loved so much. I've booked into a small camp site two or three miles from there and will be driving up early on Saturday morning; my life here is very busy at the moment and I've got heaps to do, but in memory of Kip I'm determined to be at that barbecue.