Thursday, 28 July 2016

Hero


If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that last night I said goodbye to Hero.
He had been becoming increasingly unwell over the past few months, with a wide range of symptoms which could probably be summed up as "old age".

He could no longer get in and out of his basket, so was visibly relieved when I bought a rug for the front room.  He spent his last week on it... when he was not pacing the floor in agitation, scratching at the door to get out at all times of day and night.  Once outside, he would stagger into hidden corners of the garden and refuse to come back indoors.  He had stopped eating and was chewing at his water dish.  Then there was the incontinence...

The vet said he had lost 3 kilos in the past few weeks and although he could give him antibiotics and painkillers, really it was just putting off the inevitable.  The clincher was the simple fact that he was miserable.  He was always his master's dog and I know he still looked for FL every time the door opened.  On his last night, he came all the way into the bedroom, searching:  he was not allowed in there, so this was very unusual behaviour.  When I got up, he was lying outside the bedroom door, on guard.

So in many ways it was an easy decision to make:  I am sure he was telling me it was time to go.

There are many funny stories to tell about FL and his dog.  The time Hero took off across the golf course in pursuit of a deer, still attached to FL's golf cart?  Classic.

I remember when FL first "discussed" getting a dog.  We had not yet finally decided that I would come to live with him, but he told me he was going to the Rescue Centre to get "us" a dog.  He reported back that it was a choice between an excitable German Shepherd puppy with anxiety issues, or an older quieter Collie.  I was very clear:  "Please get the Collie.  Let's call him Julius!"  So FL got the mad puppy and called him Hero.

The end of an era.


31 comments:

  1. Oh Roo, There are so many ends of eras aren't there, but this must seem like quite a big one. Thinking of you.

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  2. Oh Roo. This is tough. Right, but tough. My thoughts are with you.

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  3. Saying goodbye to a good friend is never easy, but you absolutely did the right thing in letting Hero go peacefully. My thoughts are with you today. It is going to be a lonely one. Take care.

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  4. Saying goodbye to a good friend is never easy, but you absolutely did the right thing in letting Hero go peacefully. My thoughts are with you today. It is going to be a lonely one. Take care.

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  5. Well done you for thinking of Hero and not yourself. But that's the sort of person you are. Look after yourselve K xXx

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  6. It is indeed the end of an era. It is never easy to let a pet go. Wishing you the best of new beginnings. You certainly have not had an easy time of it in the last year. Take care.

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  7. Oh Roo, you have had so many hard knocks. But you made a good decision for Hero. And I'm sure that there are many, terrific stories of FL and Hero and their escapades. But when you are used to a pet (even if his true "person" isn't you) it makes the house seem very quiet. Take care of yourself - you have a world-wide circle of friends who are thinking of you today. Hugs from Alberta

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  8. It sounds like he was truly loved. Thinking of you xx

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  9. It sounds like he was truly loved. Thinking of you xx

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  10. So sorry to hear it - he was clearly much loved, it is another blow after such a hard year, but you know it was the right thing to do. Best wishes

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  11. It surely is hard to lose a pet, but knowing when to let go is so brave! My thoughts are with you.

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  12. I'm sorry to hear about Hero but can see it was the right thing. I hope you're still taking yourself out on walks and enjoying the beautiful place around your farm.

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  13. That's hard. Enjoy the memories that make you smile.

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  14. So sorry to hear that you have had to say goodbye to Hero. Thinking of you.

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  15. Oh I'm so sorry about Hero. Although he was FL's, I'm sure he meant much to you. The house will be so quiet without him.

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear this. But letting him go was the kindest thing to do, we mustn't let our animals suffer. thinking of you xx

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  17. Oh dear, so sorry, so very sorry. I am sure it feels like "not again. " Pets don't judge you, they just love you. Thinking about you and sending a prayer .

    LindaC

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  18. Dear Roo. Oh it seems too much at times to happen to one soul (and here I am sniffling over someone else's pet). But it sounds absolutely like the right decision. Lot of love from over the oceans.

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  19. Very sad Roo, love to you xxx

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  20. He looks sad and tired, I'm sure you're right, it was the right thing to do.
    Another new beginning for you, sending you best wishes.

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  21. Sorry to hear about hero... It was a brave but good thing you did hugs X x

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  22. So sorry Roo:( he will be reunited with FL xxx

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  23. Very sorry to hear of your loss Roo. This has been a very hard year. Thinking of you and sending peaceful vibes

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  24. Sorry for your loss, Roo. RIP Hero. They rely on us to make the decision at the right time, but it's still difficult. Hope your memories of Hero's antics with FL give you reason to smile amidst the sadness.
    Thinking of you x

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  25. We recently had to make the same choice with our cat, so I send a hug!

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  26. Never an easy decision to make, but at this point in their lives, it's for the best. But oh so painful. My heart is with you on many levels! I am so sorry for your loss.

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  27. Ah, Roo, I am so sorry to read about Hero. Get some rest -- it certainly seems that at least it may be easier for you to get a great chunk of sleep at a time, now.

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  28. Poor old pup. It's so horrible seeing them in pain. Take care of yourself.

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  29. Sorry to hear of the loss of Hero, Roo. Hope you are well. X

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  30. Thank you everyone - your kind words are much appreciated.

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