Friday, July 19, 2019

Goodbye Sweet Friend...

Hi my friends, this week I had to make the heartbreaking decision that every pet owner dreads and say goodbye to my Furry Hooligan. Over the last few months old age has been rapidly catching up with him and he was struggling at times with everyday life. But when a sore inflamed eye didn’t respond to treatment and large lumps appeared on his head and neck, I knew the time had come for me to let him go. I couldn’t put him through the trauma of surgery followed probably by a course of aggressive chemotherapy, which may have given him, at best, a few more months of life. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do but I know, in my heart, it was the right thing to do for my best friend and faithful cubbyhole companion. I will miss him more than words can ever say and the cubbyhole will never be the same without him. In his last few days, he seemed to lose his enthusiasm for life but not for food I hasten to add and after tucking into his breakfast, he did what he has done every day since he was a puppy, he clocked in at the cubbyhole, lay down on his favourite rug ready for a day of supervising, snoozing and snoring. He was a larger than life character, a chance his luck at every opportunity cheeky chappie and a very naughty hooligan on occasions but the gentlest sweetest soul at the same time and I will treasure forever all the precious memories of the happy times we spent together.

 Farewell Buddy
 my beautiful boy, you will live on in my heart always xxx

60 comments:

Gail said...

Sending big hugs.You know in your heart it was the best thing to do.He had a good life and was loved to bits by you .

Glennis F said...

sending hugs

Aunty Sue said...

Oh Kathy so very sorry to read this he has been a big part of your blog and we will miss him too. The place must feel empty and I dread the day this will happen here so can only imagine how you must feel. Sleep tight sweet Buddy

Rita said...

Kath, sending comforting hugs to you and the family. He played such a big part in your life and was such a great character loved by everyone. Thinking of you today and always. Hugs Rita xx

Janette said...

Kath I cried when I read this, its the most heartbreaking thing to lose a much loved family member, he will be remembered so fondly, what a beauty he was.xx

cotnob said...

Tears came to my eyes as I was reading this Kath, I'm so sorry to read this but sure that you made the right decision - my heart goes out to you.
Pauline
xx

Artyjen said...

So very sad to hear this news.....how devastated you must feel.
R.I.P. Buddy
Hugs
Sioux xoxo
😢

Paddington fan said...

Sending you a great BIG hug xx

Sandra H said...

Such a sad read but as you write Kath you didn’t want Buddy to suffer and l am sure you did the right thing you must be heart broken Buddy has been your companion for many years his spirit will be beside you and your memoir of Buddy you will always carry in your heart and mind sending lots of love ...RIP Buddy ❤️Xx

Cardarian said...

So sorry to hear about Buddy! I look at your blog every morning and also news about Buddy. I was really sad to read this morning that he will not be with us anymore. Still thank you so much for always including him in your blog stories! He was a lovely dog!
Love and hugs,
Cardarian

scrappergirl56 said...

When I tried to answer last evening, I could not see though the tears. Your news of Buddy reminds me so much of my sweet Cocker Spaniel, Bentley. He has been gone for 15 years now, but, we remember all the good stuff as if he was just here yesterday. Sending hugs, as I can not write through the tears this morning. Sweet memories...

Barbara Finch said...

So sorry to read this I know how you feel having had to make the decision to part with a much loved pet - but it is the right thing to do for their sake. They leave behind so many happy memories to help deal with the sadness. Xx

Bejay said...

Oh, Kath, I really didn't want to open your post as I knew what it would contain. I've grown to love Buddy as much as all your faithful blog followers and know just how much he meant to you. He reminds me of my recent addition to the family, a Romanian rescue called Max. He is now just 8 months old and is my own golden furry hooligan, like your Buddy though, he has a gentle soul. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. You've done the right thing though, he was too wonderful to suffer surgery and chemo with no guarantee of a life without pain. Bless your heart for being strong enough to make the decision that he'd been through enough. I think he will always be in all of our hearts. ai hope the Cubby Hole doesn't feel too empty for you.
Bejay xx

Theresa said...

Sending you lots of hugs and prayers. It's never easy to let go of something we have loved for such a big part of our life. Thinking of Buddy running through grassy fields looking for something good to eat or chase.

Lin said...

Oh such sad news, Kath - Buddy has spread cheer all over the world, and he will surely be missed. You have lots of wonderful memories. Sending along bunches of hugs.

Brenda in IN said...

I have tears as I write today. I always loved your posts with Buddy in them so much. He was the most beautiful dog and the love you had for him always came through in the pictures. I'm so sorry for your loss. They are such a part of our families and this is so hard. Sending you big hugs.

EmPemm said...

I'm so sorry to read this, I know just how awful it is to say goodbye to a beloved furry hooligan. Sending hugs x

Jane said...

This makes me cry Kath, what a special boy he has been. Farewell sweet Buddy. Sending huge hugs at such a very sad time xxx

carol edwards said...

So sorry to hear your very sad news Kath. Buddy was such a gentle soul and constant companion. Words can't fill the void as every dog lover knows. You know it was a painful decision to let him go, he will remain always in your heart. Regards Carol xx

Linda Simpson said...

Such sad news and I am so very sorry to hear about Buddy. He will be forever in our hearts too! Gentle Hugs
Linda xxx

Mary said...

These are the toughest days but you will always have Buddy in your heart with all the happy memories. Those of us with loving, caring animal members of our family have had to go through difficult times like these, too. I have a photo beside me now of my Old English Sheepdog, Millie, enjoying the sunshine and grass after a shampoo. Millie has been gone, now over 35 years. My cat, Matisse, keeps me company, now. Tears on my face and hugs going through the internet to you, Kathy.
Mary in Oregon

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh Kath I am so sorry, he was such a big part of your life and your craft room won’t be the same without him. He had a lovely happy life with you x

Martina said...

I am so sorry to read your lines! I always saw your photos with Buddy and now it is timt to say Good Bye to Buddy! As a furry mum as well I know how heartbreaking it is and I also know how much you will miss him! Sending hugs to you!
Martina

Janet in Menston said...

Kath I am so very sorry to hear your sad news. I always looked forward to hearing about Buddy's exploits & seeing the beautiful photographs. Although I did not know him personlly, I feel like I did know him, & I will miss him as well, although I know it is much worse for you.

You are both in my thoughts, & will be for a long time.

Janet

Juicybear said...

So sorry for your loss, sweet hugs, Anneke

Judy Garrelts said...

Sharing huge heartfelt hugs.

Lori R. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP Sweet Buddy!! It's the hardest decision ever that fur baby parents have to make, My heart goes out to you. Sending heartfelt teary eyed Hugs your way.

Anne said...

Oh no, I'm heartbroken for you Kath. Although I rarely comment I do visit your blog regularly. We had a golden deliciousness too, the most loyal and wonderful friend you could ever have and he will be with you forever.
Sending the hugest of hugs, Anne xxx <3

Debbie said...

Aww I am so sorry to hear about buddy. Thinking of you all and sending huge crafty hugs. He'll always be in your heart lovely lady. He was 1 special friend. Take care x.

Unknown said...

So sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you from California.

Gardenrose said...

So so sad for your loss. Our pets are our family and we miss them terribly!

Alexis said...

I am really sorry to hear your sad news. I always enjoyed hearing about your and Buddy’s crafty adventures. You will have wonderful memories and I am sure he has left a huge paw print on your heart. His photos are lovely to see as he was such a beautiful boy. R.I.P. Buddy 🌈🌈🐾

Liz said...

So sorry to read this Kath. I'll miss hearing about Buddy in your blog posts. It must have been such a difficult decision to make, but I'm sure you will treasure all the memories you have of the time you spent together. xx

Anne Agar-krill said...

Sending love and hugs to you.His soul is forever attached to yours.Be kind and gentle with yourself these next months.We will all miss hearing stories of him.

Deborah said...

So sorry to read this. I love visiting your blog and reading all about what Buddy had done or been up to and loved to see photos of yourself and Buddy. Will be thinking of you - take care of yourself.

Cath Wilson said...

Kath, my heart goes out to you. You'll probably never forget this day and you certainly won't forget your best friend...as I'm sure he was! I think we all have one extra special doggy/pet friend and I've never been able to replace mine, despite missing him terribly. They take a big piece of your heart with them. Big, big hugs and lots of love - and prayers.
Cath x

Redanne said...

My heart breaks for you my dear friend. It must have been so hard for you but putting Buddy's welfare first just shows how selfless and caring you are and I am sure he knew how special he was to you and your family. Sending much love and sympathy to you and yours. Big hugs, Anne xxx

ßeulah ßee said...

There are no words... I am so very sorry for your loss.

craftwitch said...

OMG I am so sorry you had to face what I know is a really hard decision. I send love to you and ask the powers to keep his little doggie soul safe and happy where he is.xxxxxx

Crafting Queen said...

Oh no, I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a special boy. Sending lots of hugs. Anesha

Sue Painter said...

Oh my I have dreaded hearing this for months now. So very sorry. When we lost our last furry companion I sort of adopted yours, Inthink. I always loved when you included his photo. Kath I am so sad for you. He was the best ever. Sending you a hug.
Sue Painter

Thelma said...

I am so sorry, as you said it is always the worst decision you ever have to take. He is in your heart and we will all miss him too. Big Hug.

Marianne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kath. Initially, it was your stories about the furry hooligan that drew me to your blog. I know Buddy will be sorely missed by you as well as your followers. Sending hugs.

Unknown said...

So so sorry to hear your news xx Sending love and hugs xx Susanne

Nancy said...

Kath, so very sorry for your loss of a faithful furry friend; Buddy and your stories about him will be missed!❤️

Linda said...

It was a decision made out of Love, and like you said many of us had to make. Take time to be kind to you. Know that many of us out here in the world and sending positive healing energy.
Hug, Linda

Fiona said...

What a beautiful boy - they leave such huge holes in our heart when they leave us and it is never a difficult decision - he is off to the Rainbow Bridge and with you every day I'm sure xx

Luv 2 Create said...

Kath, I live across the pond (US), but have followed you for many years now. In doing so that meant I followed Buddy as well. Like so many of your followers, I too had grown to love Buddy. It is with deepest sorrow to read that Buddy has passed. He was like a family member to a lot of us as well. He will be sorely missed but will live in our hearts as well. Thank you for sharing Buddy with us through the years. There are no words to say to make your loss less painful, but I am truly sorry for you loss. You did what had to be done. May he rest in peace. Sending hugs.
Marcie Smith

Mar said...

Oh so so sorry to read of the loss of your friend. Hugs and love!!

suzyb said...

It's never easy letting our fur babies go. There will be a star shining brighter than all the rest. I was sorry to read about Buddy's passing but you loved him enough to know when it was time. Blessings to you Kath and know I am thinking of you.
I lost my heart dog of 14 1/2 years almost a year ago now. I miss that boy every day. We had a good run and just had a blast together. I can speak of Stan now without crying and I smile when I see pictures of him but the pain is still there and always will be, just a little milder.

SannaS said...

so sorry for your loss of a faithful companion and friend!!
big big hugs!! <3

Jane Willis said...

So sorry to hear this Kath. Buddy has always been so much part of your life on the blog we'll all miss him. xxx.

Guida Machado said...

Oh, Kath, I'm so sorry.
Hugs,
Guida

KGBaird said...

Just reading your devastating news, and it is difficult to write through the tears streaming down my face. I just wanted you to know I am, and will continue I.e. to think of you and pray for you. It takes a lot of courage to make that final decision, I know. Much love and hugs from Katie in Kentucky.

Eveline said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about Buddy.
Eveline.

Susanne said...

I’m so sorry to hear about this. Hugs Susanne

Etsuko said...

I was very worried because I didn't see Buddy on your blog for a few months. We lose the same Golden retriever 10 years ago and understand your feelings well. I think Buddy is a very happy friend who has always been so much part of your life on the blog. I send big hug to you from Japan.
xxx

mary said...

It is August and I would still like to offer you sympathy on your loss of Buddy. I followed your artwork, and your love for Buddy. Just wanted to say I lost my Gracie girl to kidney disease last year so I know how very hard it it is. Miss her everyday. On a lighter note I have a 10 month old psycho puppy named Lucy. Yes, each one holds that special place in our heart.
Love your cards!
Mary S
https://theartisticavenues.blogspot.com/

Christine (All She Crafts) said...

Just seen this, Kath, and am struggling to see the keyboard through tears. Buddy was just a couple of years old when I got to know you on the Funky Hand design team. I used to love so much reading your stories about him and your life together. I'm so sorry for your loss. A few months ago now, but he's still just as present in your thoughts, I'm sure.

Sending you hugs.

Chris xxx

lil-paper-pixie said...

Oh Kath I’ve only just read this, sat here sobbing. I never met him but I have enjoyed reading about his antics over the years and I have lost fur babies myself and I know how hard it is to say goodbye. He was a lucky dog who had a wonderful life with you, god bless him. Sending hugs all the way to Scotland.x