Memoriam

This week, in the home that had been hers for twelve-and-a half eventful years, Honey, our much-loved Labrador, passed peacefully away.  She had been ailing for some time with various afflictions which attacked her mobility and were causing her pain.  It was time.

She gave us all of her life.  Until her last few weeks she stoically maintained her guard over us, came to us for the love she needed to make her own suffering bearable, and attended with warmth and sympathy to ours.   Her loss is no less than the demise of a precious child to us.   We shall miss her, my wife and I, in ways we have experienced with no other dog, and it will be many years before I wake up without the expectation she will be there.

Clever, expressive, brilliant and just plain fun. 

Honey.

21 responses to “Memoriam”

  1. I am so so sorry, Frederick. Our pets are like our children—it hurts so much to lose them. Cherish your memories.

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  2. So sorry for you loss, i know they are very much love, I have a borador (border collier/labrador) 4,5 yrs and the love of the house. I am sure she will be remembered fondly. RIP Honey.

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    1. She will. Thank you for your condolences. It’s our punishment that their years are so few.

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  3. So sorry for your loss.

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  4. I’m so sorry for your loss Frederick. The number of legs does not denote the importance within the family.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you, David – these are dark days. I couldn’t let her passing go unremarked, she was so special to us.

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  5. I know there’s no words of comfort, but I am sorry…I get how hard it is.

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  6. Very sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you. I’m a dog person, too.

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    1. Thank you. We certainly feel extremely bereft at the moment – it’s a very sad parting, as they always are.

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  7. Much love for you both, Fred. ❤ Honey ❤

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  8. I’m sorry for your loss. Parting is always sad.

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  9. Thank you, Jane. She was the very best.

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  10. I am so sorry for you. We lost our wonderful Lab this year also. Nothing helps, does it.

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    1. No, nothing does. Thank you for the condolences: as far as my memory will extend, I have always had a dog near to me. This is the first time someone can open my front gate and there is no bark to welcome them. I am sorry for your lsss too. It is a sort of catharsis, isn’t it.

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      1. We couldn’t stand the quiet and got a puppy. At 70, I had some doubts and they all came true. He is a challenge, but worth every bit. You’re not getting another?

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        1. I wonder if we will. She was a hard act to follow, and I, at 76, have had a sentinel year of warnings I am no longer as young as I was. or as fit. Many things, including the blog, have suffered the backwash from these issues – could I give a full life to a dog? Good luck and good fortune with your new family member: I’m sure he/she will reward!

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          1. You could rehome an older dog (what we might do if we outlive this one–not hoping that happens). We also talked to the kids about taking over if Casey outlived us. I even put money in the will to whoever would take and love Casey. The ‘love’ part’s easy. They both feel that way!

            Good luck, Fred. A dog-free house is a challenge.

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  11. You are in my thoughts. They just make life full and leave things empty in their departure don’t they. I cannot promise, but sny of the stories I’ve blogged about my choccy Lab should cheer you up. Best wishes.

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