Goodbye old friend

This is a general chat forum, you must register to post.

Moderators: Moderators, User administrators

Forum rules
Please remember that this is a family forum - do not post 'adult' content. Full forum rules here.

Goodbye old friend

Postby silverbullet » 13 Feb 2020, 11:19

I buried my dog yesterday. I wasnt looking forward to it, even though that I knew the day would surely arrive.

Benson was 14½ and led a life that was well-lived. As a 9-month old rescue, he had already been through a couple of foster homes and my brother in law had taken him in after the adoption agents had lied "he's fine with cats"
We knew that if he went back, the future was bleak, so we took him on.

Neurotic, needy, spoiled, overweight, destructive, food theif, escape artist, shouty, he had the lot. A real-life "Marley"

We cured most of his badness but never stopped the shouting at mealtimes. Or before walks.

He had been getting slow on walks for a long while, then our new vets diagnosed kidney failure and anaemia. His time was up.

We were all in bits once the vets had left our home, but they were very good. It was peaceful. The house is a lot quieter, even with the other three about the place.

Here's a recent happy photo of the old sod.Image

Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
'85 syncro Caravelle twin slider, '90 SA Microbus project

http://www.025motorsport.com
User avatar
silverbullet
Trader
 
Posts: 12269
Joined: 08 Jun 2009, 09:51
Location: Surrey Syncronaut #156
80-90 Mem No: 6908

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby diabolov » 13 Feb 2020, 11:35

Sorry for your loss. It's never easy having to say goodbye.

Regards
Autohomes Kamper 1986 WBX 1.9 DG
User avatar
diabolov
 
Posts: 157
Joined: 24 Aug 2015, 12:41
Location: eastbourne-ish
80-90 Mem No: 14844

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby Oldiebut goodie » 13 Feb 2020, 12:10

It is never easy when the time comes but they will always live on in your memory. I still think of my dog that I lost to distemper 57 years ago.
1.6D 2019 VW T-Cross
200hp of T6
1Y 1.9d 1987 Hi-top Caravelle
5̶0̶8̶d̶ ̶M̶e̶r̶c̶ ̶e̶x̶-̶b̶u̶s̶
User avatar
Oldiebut goodie
 
Posts: 6287
Joined: 18 Apr 2008, 01:19
Location: Eastern Angle
80-90 Mem No: 11135

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby Ant-t » 13 Feb 2020, 12:17

Sorry to hear that, we get very attached to them.
1983 Autohomes dg
User avatar
Ant-t
 
Posts: 1836
Joined: 05 Jan 2015, 14:17
Location: West Sussex
80-90 Mem No: 14390

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby ajsimmo » 13 Feb 2020, 12:48

Really sorry to hear this, Ian. Only dog people fully understand the profound sense of loss when you lose your mutt-mate, and I can tell from your words that he was well loved and had a full and happy life. Hopefully you can take some comfort in that you did your very best for him.

Sent from my ONEPLUS A3003 using Tapatalk
The Campershack - Just T3s
WBX Rebuilds, Upgrades & Engine conversions
User avatar
ajsimmo
Trader
 
Posts: 1709
Joined: 23 Mar 2009, 14:06
Location: Grantham, Lincs
80-90 Mem No: 6542

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby Porkscratching » 13 Feb 2020, 13:32

Loving the recent picture. When I lost my DubDog my only regret was that I didn't take / have more pictures of him. Imagine my joy when I recently found a host of pictures on some early CF cards.

I am with the others who understand and feel your pain and loss.

Best regards, Max
1990 Westy HiTop 1.6 JX
Time is precious, waste it wisely.
Porkscratching
 
Posts: 327
Joined: 23 Feb 2012, 22:50
Location: Mid Warwickshire
80-90 Mem No: 0

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby R0B » 13 Feb 2020, 13:50

Sorry to hear this. I am sure you gave him the best life he could have had. :cry:
2.1 LPG/Petrol Auto Caravelle
User avatar
R0B
Moderator
 
Posts: 16225
Joined: 07 Oct 2005, 17:33
Location: Cheshire
80-90 Mem No: 864

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby Splurt » 13 Feb 2020, 14:25

Sorry for your loss. Great photo, you can see the happiness in his expression.

I dread this moment and am now going back to suppressing the thought lalalalala.

Also fair dues for taking him on. I disagree with anyone buying a puppy when there are so many needing rehomed. Rescues all the way.
89 - 1.8T AGU - Hightop SA Syncro

'I love my brick'
Fr Jack Hackett
User avatar
Splurt
 
Posts: 43
Joined: 09 May 2011, 22:51
Location: Co.Armagh, Ireland
80-90 Mem No: 9694

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby evilnoodle » 13 Feb 2020, 18:22

There are tears in my eyes writing this as I am dreading the day we lose our May. She is probably about 15 now so that day is getting ever closer.
I feel your pain :(
Jane :-)

LIVE YOUR DREAMS......................except for the one about being eaten by a giant spider!
User avatar
evilnoodle
 
Posts: 1854
Joined: 16 Jan 2012, 20:31
Location: Runcorn
80-90 Mem No: 10633

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby scottbott » 13 Feb 2020, 20:26

I feel for you as we went through the same thing nearly two years and 'Boris' is still missed every day, it really is a hard thing to go through
Nil carborundum illegitimi
scottbott
 
Posts: 2328
Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 20:36
Location: Old Somerby,Grantham
80-90 Mem No: 6085

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby Mr Bean » 13 Feb 2020, 21:46

Yes I know how you feel having had four dogs spend their lives with us one after the other over the years - all sleeping in their kennels throughout the winter and welcome in the house during the day. All rescue dogs - all living to a ripe old age. One of them - Butch - spent eighteen years with us. Taking them with us on holiday was always a treat interrupted only occasionally by such things a sheep "herding" at Doone Valley, taking on the odd farm dog - sometimes two or nearly dragging me off the cliffs at the valley of the rocks.
Though I was a hard nut but... Anyway we too ancient now to take on another.
Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
Practice makes better
88 High top 2.1 WBX
User avatar
Mr Bean
 
Posts: 2325
Joined: 11 Jun 2008, 06:49
Location: Hertfordshire
80-90 Mem No: 5485

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby PeteandNikki » 13 Feb 2020, 22:44

Only another ‘dog’ person can know the feeling and understand that it’s possible to hurt so much over the loss of an animal. Having lived with and lost 3 over the last 30years I know the depth of upset that you are going through.

My only consolation was that, compared with the loss of a human family member, the time taken for the hurt to subside, was, for me a lot less.

I also consider myself to be a fairly robust character, but my children saw another side of me the first time we lost a dog (aged 15)
PeteandNikki
 
Posts: 138
Joined: 08 Jul 2014, 09:23
Location: 10 miles south of Bristol
80-90 Mem No: 13990

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby slowcoach » 14 Feb 2020, 09:09

Very Sorry Ian. I'm not a dog person, but there's no denying the bonds they make with families.
===================
1984 TRAKKA Conversion Subaru EJ20
User avatar
slowcoach
 
Posts: 1029
Joined: 06 May 2010, 10:23
Location: West Yorkshire
80-90 Mem No: 8892

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby Jim San » 14 Feb 2020, 10:41

May he rest in piece. Sorry for your loss, I know all too well the pain you are feeling right now :(
1991 Syncro kombi 1.9MTDi Passat 1Z Landy fuel pump 215/70/16

Life's to short to drink s@@t beer.
User avatar
Jim San
 
Posts: 1531
Joined: 21 Jan 2014, 20:01
Location: Shropshire syncronaut 244
80-90 Mem No: 13133

Re: Goodbye old friend

Postby silverbullet » 14 Feb 2020, 14:22

Thanks everyone. Not devastated, just a little sadness has fallen for a while.
Their lives are brief and we should never try to fool ourselves otherwise.
A dog is for life.


Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
'85 syncro Caravelle twin slider, '90 SA Microbus project

http://www.025motorsport.com
User avatar
silverbullet
Trader
 
Posts: 12269
Joined: 08 Jun 2009, 09:51
Location: Surrey Syncronaut #156
80-90 Mem No: 6908

Next

Return to General Chat

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: shaky and 3 guests