Saturday morning I received a sad email telling me that Lucy's time to go had passed from Sue and Jim. Lucy aka Lucinda was a beautiful Ruby Cavalier we re-homed in 2011. Lucy came to us as an adult girl nearly 2 years old and we bred one pure Cavalier litter from her with Charlie Spring 2010 (just before I started the website up) producing 6 lovely pups. In 2011 with more of an idea of where I was going as regards using cross breeding in our program, we decided along with Bonnie her sister who we had also took on when the previous owner (who was a hobby breeder) decided to sell them as adults, to re-home them both and we also felt that Lucy and Bonnie would both enjoy life in a smaller pack. We found Bonnie a home with a family in Cornwall, and Sue and Jim took on Lucy. Lucy over the last 6 years came back to us regularly though when Sue and Jim visited their daughter and her family in Australia, and recently with Dolly's time to go Sue so kindly rang me and we had a chat. From that chat I surmised then Lucy's time was nearing. Lucy had Mitrial Valve Disease (MVD) and she had reached the stage of Chronic Heart Failure (CHF). To many of us have been there with this awful heart condition. She had been on medication to ease the progression, but Sue and Jim on Saturday morning knew it was Lucy's time to go and as Sue told me in her email, "she is at rest now no more struggling to breath we did it because we loved her so very much." She also thanked me, "Thank you for letting us have her for 6 years she was a joy. xx"
The thanks though should also be on Lucy and my part as you gave Lucy 6 wonderful years of life, secure and loved. It is never easy to let them go. Love though is not just roses and pretty butterflies. When it came to the hardest act of love you will have to do for your dog, you did not fail her and gave her a dignified end. Which as Margaret who contacted me on hearing about Dolly's time to go puts it, "what a wonderful thing we can do for our
animal friends at the end of their lives, that we cannot do for our human family
Poignantly Dolly and Lucy together looking out our front door in 2015
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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