Every mountain trip that Ben is strong enough to go on is an added blessing, on top of a rich life he and I have shared together. His three Border companions adore him, their pack leader. It would never be the same without him there.
There is nothing more soulful and satisfying than lying on a mountain with all of them as night edges into the wilderness.
Except maybe getting up after the moon is down and and witnessing what real darkness and starlight is.
My borders sat beside me at 3am, occasionally looking across the valley to sounds only they could hear.