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earthdog

Lost our old Border today... gutted

Had a crap day today...

Just over 9 years ago we went to collect our first bought in Border Terrier bitch, Pendle. She cost us £250 at the time, but we knew the breeding was right for what we wanted. She was half sister to Malcs Border bitch, Needle, who was a fantastic worker.

As a pup, she was a right little character. When we bought our first house she was 6 months old. First thing she did was tree the neighbours cat! She was constantly stealing things – screwdrivers, bags of screws. She found a wet paintbrush and proceeded in dancing around the newly painted living room and giving the green walls a nice coat of blue splodges everywhere. A bright little thing, taught her to sit, stay and fetch in a few hours. And she always remembered it.

She proved an excellent worker in her first few years, never letting us down and was always older than her years. At the age of 3 she trapped a nerve in her back. A few weeks rest and treatment and she came too, although she always had a slight limp on that back leg. It never stopped her. Wick at ratting, a good little busher, and a good dog to ground. A good foundation bitch for our borders, and produced some cracking pups. If it wasn’t for Pendle we wouldn’t have the dogs we have now.

Age began to take its toll on her. And over the last few years she had the odd relapse with this nerve and would be laid up again for a couple of weeks. Usual trip to the osteopath and she’d be better again. Still with her trademark limp, still not letting it bother her for working. Always a happy little soul who loved the company of other dogs and people. We called her Penny 3 legs!

Only 2 weeks ago she disappeared to ground on a fox drive at a friends farm… an hour and a half dig later, she’d done her quarry and was well chuffed with herself. As were we… the old lass still had it in her! Her back leg had improved no end over the last couple of week as well. But we both knew it would be her back that would do her.

And it was. While out mooching about this afternoon, it just seemed to go. One minute she was marking a rabbit, the next minute she was sat down. Malc went over to her, put her on her feet, nothing. Back end totally gone. He brought her home and called me out. She was in obvious pain, back end was trembling, she was shaking, and her eyes said it all. She just sat there on the drive. There was nothing.

Phoned the vets, made an appointment, and took her and had her put to sleep. It wasn't an easy decision… we went through the treatment thing etc. But this time seemed so much worse than when it had happened before. It was almost as though she’d decided herself it was time to give up.

It was only this dinner time our 3 yr old daughter was reading stories to her on the sofa and saying ‘oh my friend Penny Pasta, I loves you very much’…

Pendle… without her we wouldn’t have the line we have now. We wouldn’t have had 9 years of her great company. She’ll be greatly missed. Other dogs are missing her already. Never gets any bdooly easier does it.

RIP Penny Pasta
Sleep tight angel, you've been a good lass.






Seabird

They break your heart don't they?

Chin up Earthdog, you did what you had to do, but it's not easy.
earthdog

They certainly do... it doesn't matter how many you've got, it's still awful when one has to go.

shell
kaz

How sad Earthdog but you did the right thing for her :sad11:  :sad11:  :sad11:
lilwitedogs

I'm sorry.  And no, it never gets any bdooly easier.  She sounds like she was a very special one, earthdog.
conundrum

A great eulogy to a super little dog, rest easy Pendle..Penny Pasta.

Shell, you gave her a good life, and did the right thing at the right time for her.
bodger

Very sad earthdog.  :sad10:
She looks the spitting image of one of our bitches.
simon

sorry mate
green man

sorry.gif  :q47:  :smt022  :smt056
dan

:sad11:
MrsB

I'm really sorry to hear about your bitch, Earthdog.  Thats a lovely eulogy.

We had to make the decision to put our border collie down a month ago.  We knew it had to be done, and that it was the kindest thing for him, but it was still very hard to make that final decision.

:sad10:
earthdog

Thank you everyone...

shell
NZPOME

Awww I'm bawling now! :sad10:  Gosh they break your heart don't they, but they fill it with so much love.
Sequin

A very sad day for you--so sorry--        


To have a Border Terrier
is to have a special friend
a dark eared little warrior
remainds faithfull to the end


Sequin
kaz

What a lovely verse Sequin
Sumo

A couple of mine are getting to the stage where retirement just getting too boring for them, they have never really loved it anyway.  However, these will be MY first dogs i will have to make the decision on, previously its always been down to mum and dad, but i will know when the time is right by their reactions, and i will do the right thing for them, no matter how hard it is for me.  They always do their best for us, all we can do is let them go as dignified as possible.
earthdog

Spot on Sumo. Pendle could never have retired... she was far too spirited for work. It would have killed her not working. Doing the decent thing for you mates is hard, but they go with their dignity.

Thanks for all your replies, means a lot.

shell
Man Of Leisure MOL

What lovely words. Brought a tear to my eyes. You will have such happy memories of her. Good luck
jill13

losing a friend is never easy

RainbowsBridge.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....  

Author unknown...
jill13

losing a friend is never easy

RainbowsBridge.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....  

Author unknown...
Holly

RIP little Pendle, sorry for your loss, I know how hard it is.
Spaniels

Run free at Rainbow bridge little one

:sad11:
earthdog

What else can I say... thank you everyone for your sincere sympathies and comments.

Means a lot.
Earthdog
Viva

Sorry I didn't read this earlier.  She looked a real little gem and one of the family, I'm so sorry you've lost her.
ArmitageCustard

I'm sorry this is a bit of a late posting, my family's deepest sympathys are with you all, I thank you for sharing such a lovely story about your best mate .
skooteewu

A wonderful eulogy for a wonderful + much loved friend. Run free Penny Pasta   Hugs n Wuffs Mand n Scoot xx
chantel cherie

I'm really really sorry. I'm crying now as I'm writing this. She looked a lovely little dog.
Yorkshire Geordie

RIP Pendle
oaktree

R.I.P Pendle.  :sad10:
Viva

I'm really sorry it's a sad time for you too, Oaktree  :sad10: .
jainw

Sorry to hear the sad news about Penny Pasta - she looked like a wonderful girl.

As Kaye from LL says "Better a day too early than a week too late" - it is the kindest thing we can do for our beloved pets, let them go when they are ready.
hillbillygirl

What a sad story. so sorry

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