Goodbye old friend

by Richard on December 27, 2009

Bizet, my faithful companion of 16 years, has died. He has been the most wonderful dog: perpetually scruffy, always friendly, ever wilful. He was as mad as a mongoose, and always seemed to go deaf once he had his nose on a scent.

His breed standard calls for “a good voice, freely used”, and Bizet had that in spades. From the other side of a door or fence he could sound like the hound of the Baskervilles, but while his voice might put off any unwanted visitors his wagging tail and eager expression would always welcome friends and family.

On Christmas Day, his strength seemed to fail him and Boxing Day he could barely stand. I’d intended to take him to the vet today, but he saved us both that awful final decision. He died peacefully in his sleep with our two other dogs curled up beside him.

Good bye, old man. I’ll miss you, but I’ll be seeing you again.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

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AndyV 12.27.09 at 10:13 pm

So sorry to hear about Bizet, he was a lovely old dog. How nice that his canine brothers were with him. RIP Bizet.

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Tony Buglass 12.27.09 at 10:43 pm

You remember I posted here some time ago about Daniel the Spaniel. Bizet and he would have been kindred spirits. Wouldn’t surprise me to see them greeting each other and chasing around like daft things.

There is such love and loyalty in dogs, I refuse to believe they will not be waiting for us in heaven. We know heaven has trees, so dogs are a logical part of the picture…

Be blessed in his memory - such love never dies.

3

Will 12.27.09 at 11:09 pm

Sorry to hear about Bizet. Animals are great companions.

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Richard 12.27.09 at 11:48 pm

Thanks fellows.

5

Bene D 12.28.09 at 2:47 am

I’m sorry Richard, losing our fur friends is hard.

I believe you’ll see him again.

16 years, that’s really something.

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Richard 12.28.09 at 8:06 am

12 or 13 seems to be about the average for his breed, so the old chap did well. Mind you, his nephew Clovis (who also lives with us) is 15 and going strong.

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Kim 12.28.09 at 9:08 am

I believe that the dead look after the living. And that goes for our pets too. So even when you walk alone now, you won’t …
Condolences - and peace.
Kim

8

Peter Banks 12.28.09 at 10:47 am

Sorry to hear…
PB

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Angela Shier-Jones 12.28.09 at 7:06 pm

Richard,
sorry for your loss, true friends are always a treasure - no matter how many feet they have.
A wise man once said, the best thing about a dog is that you can do the most stupid thing imaginable and they will still look at you and say Damn! That’s clever, wish I’d thought of that!

God Bless

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PamBG 12.29.09 at 4:23 am

Condolences. :-( Dying in your sleep curled up with the rest of the pack seems like a good way to go. He sounds like he was a real character.

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Patricia 12.30.09 at 8:17 pm

So very sorry to read about Bizet

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