Monday, October 10, 2011

So Sad

Me and my family have been left devastated by the death of our beautiful dog, Wellington Boots, who we have shared our lives with for the last 16 years.

He didn't have the best start in life and came to us through Whitehouse Kennels as a stray. He was between the ages of 18 month to 2 years when he arrived, so had a long and hopefully happy life. He didn't come without problems, he liked to chase bicycles, hated men with hats on and liked to try and follow people pushing pushchairs. He also terrorised his fair share of post people in the early years.
But we soon came to adore him, with his ticklish feet and liking for chasing bunny rabbits in his sleep. He loved to sit under the dinner table as the children sneaked him food. He liked to raid the freezer, one memorable bonfire night, he managed to open the freezer, pull the draw out and eat all the icecream without even making a mark on it. He would round up the children and little white dogs, when we went for a walks, and hated getting his feet wet, but became water powered when we bathed him.
He liked to know where everyone was and was constantly checking round the house to see where we all were. He was part of the family, our best friend and companion.

The last couple of days we had with him were very sad, but he died surrounded by people who loved him in his own bed, so for that we are grateful.

Rest in peace my darling and I miss you so much x


22 comments:

  1. So sorry for your loss. You couldn't have penned a more beautiful tribute to him. All the mousie family send their love and we'll be thinking of you all xxx

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  2. Janet - this is so devastating - he reminds me of my old dog Leo who was a rescue dog and was around all while the kids were growing up. Believe me, it is like losing one of the family. Thinking of you xxx

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  3. Awww! That's a lovely way to sum up a beautiful friend. And also familiar to me and the dog I grew up with. It is such a loss but you'll have the memories of sharing your life with a one of a kind companion.

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  4. Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. He sounds like quite a fabulous character, you must miss him terribly. Am thinking of you x

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  5. Goodness I am really sorry to hear of your loss. By the sounds of it he has had a grand lifetime spent with your family and although very sad at the moment fond memories of him will get you through. I have 3 dogs, 2 of which are 14, and I am noticing the signs of oldness in them, which is to be expected but gut renching all the same. Thinking of you. Sue x ( I have been following your blog for a while now)

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  6. I'm so sorry :( x

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  7. Love and thoughts with you and your family. We like to believe our beloved friends are awaiting us at Rainbow Bridge.

    Lynda x

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  8. I feel for you, we lost our dog last year and it leaves such a hole. The only thing is, that you gave him a wonderful life and that is the thing to remember. Sending hugs!

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  9. So sad to lose such a beloved friend. It sounds like he landed on his feet that he came to your family! I'm sure you feel lucky to have found him - the perfect fit! xx

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  10. I am so sorry to hear that Welly is gone. It is so true that the unconditional love of animals is what makes it that much more difficult when they leave us...they actually DO leave footprints on our hearts. Take comfort in knowing that he lived a good long and happy life, and also that he's now crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and is probably playing and frolicking with our little white dogs Cissie, Sushi and Peaches. <3 CJ

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  11. So sorry to hear this sad news, hope he`s chasing bunnies & rounding up the Angels where he`s now resting.

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  12. So sad. We become so attached to our pets. They are not just animals, they are part of the family and make us feel complete. I did have to giggle at the icecream bit he sounded like he was a fun, playful and loving friend. Sending hugs xxx

    Ps. And now it makes sense to me where you got the name Wellydog from xxx

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  13. im so sorry,i choked up reading your description of him.you gave him a good home and looked after him,so try and remember how happy you made him.

    jean xx

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  14. I'm so sorry. They do leave pawprints on our hearts. Hugs xx

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  15. Sorry to read this Janice, hugs to you x
    He'll live on in your shop/blog name and be proud of the happy life you gave him. He sounds a lovely dog.
    TFT xx

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  16. So sorry Janice. It's devastating to lose a dog. I still remember my Tiggy with very fond memories. I'm sure Wellington was very happy. Vic xx

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  17. Thoughts are with you, it's hard to comprehend the loss of someone so special..so pleased you shared Wellington with us on your blog though.

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  18. Such a sad time, I hope you are all coping ok. As others have said, thoughts are with you x

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  19. Thankyou for all you kind thoughts and wishes x

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  20. Oh Janice,

    I'm reading this at work, and it made me cry. I am so sorry to hear about Wellington Boots. I can remember how devastated I was when or family pet Sweep, a black lab cross died when I was in my twenties.He lived until he was 18, and the loss was horrific. We have a 5 year old yellow lab now called Majic, and I treasure every day with him. I really don't want to think about a time when he isn't here. Sending you huge hugs and love. At least he was with you all at the end, and you gave him a much happier life than he might otherwise have had :)
    Take care
    Marie xxx

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