Monday, 28 October 2013 20:15
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Sadly I had to make the heartbreaking decision to send Ty to the Rainbow Bridge. I knew he would not live to be an elderly dog, as spinal spondylosis would eventually affect his quality of life. However, I had hoped we would perhaps have had two or three years together. The diagnosis of a tumour changed everything. He had not been ill long and it was all very sudden. An ultrasound and tests confirmed the worst.

Ty was a dog with issues. He took a long time to trust people and didn't really like the company of other dogs. Ty was also a sensitive, loving and complex dog. An intelligent boy who loved his Nina Ottoson toys. However, it didn't take him long to work them out. I had bought them originally to keep him occupied for a while but he figured them out in minutes. Watching television from his comfy sofa was also another favourite pastime of his. However, his very favourite thing was getting cuddles on my bed and was in heaven lying beside me. There's too much room in my bed now. I live alone so Ty got all my love and attention to himself. Just the way he liked it. Like the dark birthmark on his tongue, Ty was unique, a one-off. I learned many things from Tyro but the main thing was this. It doesn't matter whether you have a dog for thirteen years or one year. The love you feel for them is just as strong and the pain on losing them just as intense. Love your dogs, for they are only lent to us for a short while, sometimes a very short while.

Thank you Gillian, for entrusting the welfare of this special boy to me. I think you knew he would be safe in my care. Strangely, when Gillian came to visit Ty in his new home he gave her a very warm welcome, something very out of character for him. I believe dogs know a lot more than we think. Goodnight my sweet "Tankie Boy" and try to be nice to Max and Mac.

Very sadly missed by his mum (Jan) and his special aunties, Janette, Marie and Maureen.

Many thanks to my vet Sarah and John at Elysian Fields Pet Crematorium.

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Rainbow Bridge

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....


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