Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Natural Born Nanny




There wasn't a dog in this world (or any other either I'm sure), who was as sweet and loving as Smoochie. He was everyone's first friend when they arrived at our house (either as a foster when we use to do that or as a new member). He was the official greeter, and guardian of the scared, the young, the abused and the old and grumpy. It didn't matter what species you were either. Smoochie was an equal opportunity lover. He was the one I used to buddy up to the newbies to be their nanny, giving them cover for the less than welcoming pack members. And it worked every single time. Even with dogs that didn't think they wanted a friend. He took all slights in stride and never held a grudge. He surely wasn't the cleverest dog, but he was honest, steady, loving and most importantly, always happy.

When we put him to sleep Tuesday for cancer the last light to burn out was the tail wag. Broke my heart knowing that as uncomfortable as he must have been, he still walked into that clinic with a smile on his face, a heartfelt hello and that madly wagging tail. It also made me love him all that much more. What a dog, what a happy, sappy, licky, hairy, amazing dog! Suffice to say I felt the Judas, he loved going to the vet as much as he loved traveling anywhere...a lot.



 I got first Cairn Terrier in 1987 and we've always had at least one. So sad to look out over those remaining (much loved), faces and and not see my resident Ewok.

Last walk.
Rest in peace sweet boy. I know you're putting a smile on someone's face over the bridge.




15 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry....what a sweet, loving boy! I'd like to think my pups are giving him a big ole welcome!!!!

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  2. Now I'm crying. That first sentence of the second paragraph; oh my.... I try not to live in dread of the "good-byes," but it's hard not to when they just don't live long enough. Anna Blake inspires me to do better by them at the end: https://annablakeblog.com/2018/01/08/photo-challenge-growth-of-a-kind/

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  3. oh, boy, tears here.....for you and Smoochie, me and Roy and Miss Puss, Daryl and Harry, and all of us who love them, and have to say goodbye. You're no Judas.....you're a loving doggie Momma, who did what was best for her baby. Hugs.

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  4. I was thinking about you all day yesterday.....sharing tears right along with you on your loss.

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  5. Oh. My heart breaks for you. Rip Smoochie. No more aches and pains.

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  6. At the end he was with the person he loved the most...no more suffering. Its never enough time. Hugs.

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  7. So sorry Theresa, it hurts so much to lose a beloved fur baby. Now he is free of pain and that is a comfort.

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  8. So sorry for your loss, Theresa. It's always such as hard decision, even when we know for sure it is the right one. Hugs to you. And the rest of the crew.

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  9. I cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of Smoochie, what a sweet little guy. I am having trouble seeing through my tears to tell you how lucky you all are to have experienced such a loving and caring relationship. Smoochie will be missed by many. Hugs and Pets for all.

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  10. So very sorry for your loss. Doing the right thing never feels anything but devastating, but he was loved until the end.

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  11. I'm so sorry, Theresa. It seems your special boy was aptly named.

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  12. Oh no. I am so sorry. Even when it is time, it's so hard. It sounds like he had a good and happy life.

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  13. My deepest condolences for your sweet lad's passing.
    There are never the right words but I do know he would have been most grateful for all your love over the years.
    On a lighter note your Pats play this afternoon and I can only guess where you'll be!
    Susan x

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  14. I'm so sorry for your loss. Smoochie sounds like a one of a kind canine soul.

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  15. So very sorry, Theresa. He sounds like a true sweetheart. We just lost our kitty, Angus to cancer, day after Christmas. These furry beings are so precious.

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