Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Run Free My Fiercely Protective Loyal and Loving Dog

Pluto, my boy, your illness came out of nowhere. No sign, no warning, absolutely nothing. No indication that you were even feeling under the weather. Yes you were slowing down and slept a little bit more than usual, but not once did you falter in your loyalty or in your need to protect us. Not once did you stop in your tracks and wait until we came inside to say hello. Those short little legs would run down the driveway as fast as they could, whilst you barked and shrieked in delight to see us - whether we had gone for 3 minutes or 3 weeks.

At no time did you even whimper in pain - you seemingly walked around with a huge tumour in your tummy unknown to anyone, you walked, you ran, you comforted, you loved, you protected, you cuddled until you could no more and then even after collapsing, you fought the bravest fight, no one could even imagine. You went to hell and back and still fought on, not a whimper or even a moan. Silent tears running down your face, the same tears that you cried when our darling Clinty died.

You ran to Mark and Chad on Sunday when they came home from a quick trip to the shops, happy and excited to see them - not even two hours before you collapsed. Your collapse came as such a shock, the massive tumour an even bigger shock - our year was NOT supposed to start like this.

You are now with Clinty and your best buddy Rambo and Sheba and Dusty. I have to believe that you are with Clint - that there is life after death. I am going to miss you so much my little buddy. Somedays I think that you are the only one who understands what life is like without Clint, with all due respect to how Mark and Chad grieve and cope with Clint's death, (after all what would I do without their love and support) but there have been many dark days that it felt like it was just me and you against the whole world. You lay in my arms and just sucked up all my grief and tears and stress.

You cried real tears for a very very long time after Clinty died - every time you heard a motorbike, you ran to the gate to wait for your beloved Clinty to come up the driveway - now you are with him my boy. I just know that Clinty tried to guide me over these past few days, I know he eventually succeeded and led us to the most compassionate vet after your hell and I am truly sorry that you went through hell first. There is nothing fortunate and there is no luck in your death and misfortune, but knowing that you were treated with such compassion and genuine kindness at the very end by Dr Phillip Stapelberg from Radiokop Veterinary Clinic and his amazing staff  as well as Dr Adam Quigley eased the pain of your death just a tiny bit. I know Clinty steered us there yesterday morning.

We are all going to miss you so much buddy - your soulbuddy will no longer have her sleeping buddy with her - she is going to be as lost as I am. Chaddy is such an amazing boy and once again supported me through this terrible time today, when I should have been supporting him. I am comforted by the fact that you are now with Clint. Rest in peace my brave doggy - you were like a Pitbull and Rottweiler rolled into one tiny dog - as brave and strong, but as loving and sweet as a little baby.

In Loving Memory Of Pluto - 14.11.2000 to 21.01.2015

Still Fighting The Battle 

Rest in peace Pluto - run freely now.

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  1. Ah my heart is breaking for you. I am so very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace and may you find peace in the knowledge that you and your family loved him and he knew that he was loved.

    1. Thank you so much - your kind words mean so much

  2. So sorry for your loss, lovely. I got quite emo reading this. I know how much you loved Pluto, but more importantly he knew how much you loved him. Thinking of you and sending a big hug xx

    1. Thank you for your kind words Sammy


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