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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Darling Darwin...gone forever



As I was posting my last, mellow Christmas post, my poor darling Darwin was dying. It is absolutely devastating, not just for myself but for the children, who are heartbroken.
He slipped out of the gate just before we had lunch, something he's taken to doing recently. Usually, he's back within half an hour. This time, after two hours, we were concerned.

Mateo, Ruy and I went out at about 4 o'clock and wandered all over the village, expecting to catch a sight of his curly white coat. But there was nothing. I came back about an hour later, thinking he'd be waiting at the gate. Waiting for the lamb bones we'd saved him from lunchtime - but no. He wasn't.

FR and I set off in the car a bit later as Ruy hadn't come home either and I was getting worried about him - and imagining all sorts. From across the fields, we saw a neighbour signalling us and so drove over. As soon as I saw his face, I knew the worst. He said he'd found Darwin in his pool - drowned. No one has any idea how it happened. Darwin wasn't the type to jump into a pool and there is no clue as to why he went in. But that's where he was found - no marks on him; nothing to indicate anything had happened.

We found Ruy, who was fine and on his way home - fine until we told him. It's hit him very hard. It's hit all of us very hard.

We have now buried our lovely, daft, hairy, lovable friend and now we will have to wait and see how we will manage with the great hole he has left in our lives.

He belonged from the minute we saw him.

He was always there


The most sweet natured dog ever.
Always within reach

We are going to miss him so, so much.



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  1. How sad and such a beautiful boy too.

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    1. Very sad - he was such a sweetie. Axx

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  2. Your darling boy....I am so very sorry.

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  3. Annie my thoughts are with you all. He was a special little being and he will be missed he has taken that part of you all with him that is why you feel empty.

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    1. Thank you Helen. I can't believe you never knew him, he was so part of all of us. Axxx

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  4. Aw Annie, so sorry to read this, on the day I have just submitted a form to the English springer spaniel rescue people to home our beautiful dog as I am now single and he is at home on his own all day. Devastating day all round. xx love to all x

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    1. So sorry to hear your news, Alison. Thank you for stopping by here. Hugs to you too. Axxx

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  5. I had only just read your previous post full of the joys of Christmas and was coming back later to comment, but saw your message on Facebook and somehow I couldn't find the words for your other post. I am absolutely devastated for you because I know how you must all be feeling. Small consolation, at least you were able to bring him home to lay him to rest. My thoughts are with you all...much love xxxx

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    1. I know you know, Ayak. Thank you. And yes, we have him in the garden in his own place where we can still talk to him. Axxx

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  6. I am heartbroken for you dearest Annie xx so very sorry

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  7. bit fat hot tears running down my face . I cant imagine your pain - especially at such a festive time. My fondest love to you all and hugs xxx

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    1. You knew him, Judy, and know what a sweetie he was. We're just all so sorry. Thanks, Axxx

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Dogs ask for nothing except for food and love, but give so much in return. To lose a much loved part of your family is difficult at any time, but must be particularly so at this festive time of the year.

    I know that you will have many wonderful memories of him and how he brightened your daily lives. My love and thoughts are with you all. X

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    1. We know we have some great memories of him, but we weren't quite ready to let him go just yet...he was such a lovely dog.
      Thanks for your thoughts.
      Axxx

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  9. I'm so sorry for your loss, Annie. Posts like this are so painful to write, my heart goes out to you.
    Sxx

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    1. Thank you - writing it is hard but in some ways, it helps. Axx

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  10. So sorry to hear of your news, lots of love, light and energy heading your way.

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    1. Thank you Chrissie - we are coping but we're having to work hard at it. Axxx

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  11. Oh Annie - I feel for you and the family. Losing a much loved dog like Darwin is always painful - made worse by being so close to Christmas. Remember the good times with him and how much joy he brought - I'm sure he had a wonderful life in Spain with you. xHarriet

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    1. Very, very painful, Harriet. Thank you for your words, Axxx

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  12. So sorry for you Annie, RIP Darwin. Maybe you can do a lovely zentangle plaque or when my friend lost her dog I made her a kimikomi ornament with a photo of the dog printed on it. She now gets it our every Christmas to put on her tree and remember happy times.

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    1. Thank you Jenna, Darwin was one of the few in my family who really appreciated my zentangles...Axxx

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  13. Oh, Annie, how heartbreaking for you all. I know how much you loved Darwin and there will be such a hole in your lives. So, so sorry. Hugs P

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    1. Big hole, Perpetua...thanks for the hugs. Axxx

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  14. Annie, and all the family, my BH & I send you our love and sympathy - we cried for a fortnight when we lost our beloved Tyke a few years ago (he had a heart attack). Some dogs are really special, and your beautiful Darwin was obviously one of those, as was Tykie, and will never be forgotten. We do now have 2 lovely rescued miniature poodles making their home with us, and they have gone some way to filling the gap in our lives, but..... Consider yourselves hugged, and be somewhat comforted by the loving thoughts of your blogging and blog-reading friends.

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    1. Thank you Helva. We know we're not the only ones to lose a special pet but it was in very sad circumstances and a dreadful time of year too. It does help having so many comforting comments. Axxx

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  15. Oh Annie, I never know what to say at times like this. I so feel for you. Thank you for sharing bravely.

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    1. There's really nothing to say, Zoe. It's very sad but we are doing OK - thinking of him a lot and talking about him but missing him dreadfully still. Thank you, Axxx

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  16. Dear Annie , I am so sad to read your news about your adorable and much loved little dog , thinking of you all xox annie

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    1. Thanks Anne. It's a sad time but we're coping. We know we'll never forget him. Axx

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear your loss. At any time it is heart-breaking but I can understand how much more painfull it must be at this time of year. All my sympathy.

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    1. Thank you so much Vicky - it's kind of you to stop by. Axxx

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  18. I have only just discovered this very sad and devastating post Annie. He looked such a dear little dog, a terrible loss for all the family.

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    1. He was, Rosemary. We are still trying to come to terms with it but it will take time. We've had a nice Christmas though but when the festivities end, it will hit us all over again. We have some lovely memories of him. Axxx

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  19. Oh Annie, I am so, so very sorry ... as Kipling said, it tears our hearts when they go. Run free Darwin x

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    1. Thank you Annie. Kipling had a way with words, didn't he? I can imagine Darwin running free. Axxx

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  20. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond here, Annie. I was having trouble posting in between our holiday and recovery activities. I was enjoying your Christmas posting, then immediately came upon this post. How saddened I feel at your loss of Darwin. It is always sad to lose a pet, but, especially as unexpectedly as Darwin's passing during the holiday season. I'm sure you will feel him with you in so many ways as the days go on, as you will also miss him. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

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    1. Thank you so much Penny, your words are very kind. It's helped having such considerate and caring comments from my blogging friends. It's almost worse now that the festivities has subsided - we were brave and enjoyed Christmas - but now we're back to normal and his absence is palpable. It will never be quite the same. Axx

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