Wednesday, 28 June 2017

R.I.P. Barney

The Best Boy Ever

Barney was put to sleep today, he was 14 years old and had heart failure.
When DD Helen got divorced she kept the dogs, her ex husband is in the army and couldn't keep them.
Barney loved everybody, he accepted all the foster children that DD has cared for, he offered unconditional love to them all, accepted cuddles and rebuffs with equal equanimity.
He snuck into their beds and pinched any food left unattended.
When Helen had her own babies he loved them too, he tried to be gentle and they soon learned that his wagging tail was to be avoided.
He never snapped, growled or grumbled even when they climbed all over him.

He was fine at the weekend, seemed quiet and off his food on Tuesday and today seem quite unwell.
Helen took him to the vet and after a brief discussion it was decided that the kindest thing would be to put him to sleep, Helen stroked him and talked to him until it was over.
She has taken him home to bury him in the garden and will plant a tree on  his grave.

 Dogs aren't allowed on the sofa!

Barney was convinced he was a lap dog.

 His farts were silent but deadly
Barney looking pointedly at a biscuit one of the children is eating.

13 comments:

justjill said...

Always a sad time. But we have always been with our many cats who have passed on. Even the one who was the only one to die peacefully at home.

sweet blondie blue eyes said...

((((((((((hugs)))))))))) Hester and family. So sad to loose a well loved pet.

Sue said...

Its the saddest but usually the kindest thing we ever have to decide to do as animal owners. RIP Barney, he sounds like the most wonderful of dogs. xx

Witch Hazel said...

So sorry to hear about Barney. There's no such thing as "only" a dog, is there? xxx

Linda Metcalf said...

Sorry about Barney...it's so hard to lose them.

Frugal in Essex Tania said...

I feel your pain, we had to have our dog put to sleep many years ago but I can still remember how I felt. Dogs love so unconditionally. RIP Barney you will be missed.

Col. said...

Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears,
But laugh and talk about me as if I were beside you,
I loved you so,
'Twas Heaven here with you.

RIP Barney. X

The Weaver of Grass said...

Always such a sad day. Commiserations to you all.

Sally Fletcher said...

Oh no! RIP gorg staffy baby 😣

Lyssa Medana said...

hugs x

Hard up Hester said...

Thank you for all your kind comments.
As Helen says, Barney was a pain in the arris, but he was their pain in the arris and the loved him.

Rebecca Townsend said...

RIP Barney. What a beautiful,loyal and loving boy x

Anonymous said...

Safe journey over the Rainbow Bridge Barney. These fur babies leave a hole in your heart.