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Friday, 20 September 2013

Much Sadness

Haven't blogged for ages, but so much seems to have happened here. Certainly a summer we'll never forget, though for all the wrong reasons.

We lost our sweet little Bonbon (picture here with her mum) to Hydrocephalus, she was only 11 weeks old. Her sister died from a pancreatic tumour the day before - no connection.

and our beautiful, handsome boy Bruce died

 Not everyone understands how truly devastating it can be to lose a much loved family pet, he was a member of our family and has left behind a gaping hole. We will never forget him - love you Bruce xx


  1. So sorry Cheryl to read your sad news. Losing a pet is like losing any other family member or friend, let alone losing three of them. I hope that you are able to remember the good times that you had with your lovely dogs and that things will start to look a little cheerier soon.

  2. Oh Cheryl, how sad, to loose your lovely dogs so close together. Sending you a big hug :) x

  3. So very sorry that you have lost your much loved pets. They certainly become members of the family. I totally agree with you on that. They bring so much joy,and happiness into our lives and unconditional love!

    Amanda xx

  4. Dear Cheryl - I am so sad for you - so much loss - I do know how heartbreaking this is and I won't even try to find comforting words for at these times it seems like there are none, but please know that my caring thoughts and healing love are reaching out to you.
    Warmest of hugs,
    Joy xo

  5. hugs, so very heart rending to lose those you love!

  6. Cheryl, I'm so sorry to hear of your sad loss. I hope you'll find some comfort in knowing that there are lots of us out here thinking of you. x

  7. ~ Dear Cheryl, I missed you and wondered if you had sadness or were away on holiday...I wish the latter, my friend...Cheryl I send the biggest kindest hug your way and attached to this my thoughts....I know only to well how sad it is to lose a friend, but to lose three is so very cruel....Please give your self time to heal....We will still be here for you! Hugs and kisses Maria x

  8. Cheryl, I am so sorry to read of your tragic losses. Pets aren't just pets, as you say they are family members. My heart goes out to you and yours
    BH xx

  9. So sorry for your losses Cheryl. I understand what it is like to lose a much loved pet, they are part of your family and leave a big hole, how on earth you coped losing 3 I cant imagine.XX

  10. Hugs from me.
    Love from Mum

  11. I have lived with dogs for over 30 years. I understand. Hugest hugs xxx

  12. I'm so sorry, Cheryl. We lost our dog last year and I still feel sad about it every day.

  13. So sorry Cheryl. My dog is my companion on all my adverntures here in St Ives. She is an older lady now, but still trots by my side. She is family, so I can empathise with how your family must be feeling at this time.

    Much love

    Leanne xx

  14. Cheryl I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I think loosing a pet is such a difficult thing to deal with as people just see it as a pet, but really it is another person in your family. I am thinking of you and sending you a big hug. Best wishes xoxo

  15. Hi Cheryl. Thanks for popping by and your comment. I was very sad to read this post though. We are not doggy people but can well understand how attached you must become. Big hugs Jenny

  16. Nice to see you back, but I'm so sorry to hear the reason you've been absent from blogging. I understand what it's like to lose a much loved pet, they're not just animals, they're one of the family. Absolutely heartbreaking to lose three so close together. Sending lots of hugs. xx

  17. Oh Cheryl, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss - to lose one pet is devastating but three so close together - just awful. It really does leave a hole in the family. I hope you are all coping ok and that things are becoming easier. x

  18. Well I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I know how you feel. We lost our Winston dog last year at this time. And I have to tell you I complained the most about that dog than any other dog I've ever had, and I miss him the most. His ornery-ness which caused me a lot of grief, is what I miss! Go to my post in October of 2012 titled Winston. Read the poem that John Gray posted by Rudyard Kipling. It is much as a poem can be. And so true. When we get a furry friend, we know, almost as surely as the day we get it and fall in love, we will someday have a broken heart. Thinking of you and so sorry for your losses.

    Cindy Bee

  19. Me don't even have to go dig the poem up on my blog. I tried copying and pasting and it worked. Here it is.....Hope it helps.

    John GrayOctober 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I have been there
    I have been bereft too
    awful awful
    I have emailed you this poem
    it wont help your pain, but it does describe it
    The Power of the Dog
    Rudyard Kipling

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie--
    Perfect passsion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
    And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find--it's your own affair--
    But ... you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-term loan is as bad as a long--
    So why in--Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

    The Power of the Dog
    Rudyard Kipling

  20. Oh, I am so sorry to hear of your losses, and all so close in time. I know your heart is devastated. Nothing can make it better vut time, and you will never forget them or stop missing your precious sweeties. I have recently blogged about animals and loss. I am giving you a big hug. Linda


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