Monday, 3 August 2009


It is over.

At the end it was calm, and quiet and happened at home, just as we planned. We were both with Ollie and I held him in my arms and talked to him, I told him what a good chap he was, and how much I loved him, and of rabbits and pussy cats to chase, and fresh clean streams - "a drink you can sit in" and of so much more.

Clare was gentle and our darling boy slipped away with absolutely no stress, no fear, no pain, no suffering.


20th May 1995 > 3rd August 2009

He came to live with us on Saturday, 27 January 1996

4938 days
13 years, 6 months, 8 days
705 weeks

Not long enough . . .
One third of our family is missing. Over a quarter of my life. Devastated.

Image copyright J. Hoye, 2008


  1. You may no longer see him but you will feel his presence - forever at your heel...........

  2. We are so sorry for your loss Bilbo & Management, and I think Janette has said it perfectly.

    Mr Photo

  3. Thank you both, and to everyone who has sent me private messages - I never realised before just how much comfort one receives from these little notes of kindness.

    Janette - you are right about forever having Ollie with me, in my heart, but you are wrong about one thing - he never walked to heel in his life, he ain't going to start now, bless his little Hairy self!

    Photo - you met him, you know what a special chap he is.

  4. Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...

  5. More belated but heartfelt wishes to you. The house feels very strange without a dog, doesn't it?


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