Goodbye Old Friend


Today is a sad day. I had to take my pal Deefer on a final visit to the vets. Diagnosed with Lymphoma just before Christmas we knew that he had a limited time with us and sadly it was time to say goodbye.

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A puppy not that old. Did I say he shared the same birth date as me 28th October.

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A young dog….and below, probably one of my best photographs of Deefer

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In later years I started calling him the “Grumpy Old Man” but he was never that. He was my friend and he did like posing.

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Two of the last photographs I took of Deefer, both in Black and White

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Goodbye Old Friend.

Old Timer

48 thoughts on “Goodbye Old Friend

  1. Beatrice January 27, 2016 / 16:29

    I’m so sorry for your dog, Mike. They become part of the family, loyal friends, and it’s hard when they leave…

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:11

      Thanks Adrian, only a dog but so part of the family

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  2. David Ruddle January 27, 2016 / 17:09

    So sad, I know how you must be feeling, we have been through this time ourselves so often in the past. Take solace from the many brilliant moments you had together and enjoy those memories.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:33

      That’s what I intend to do David and thank you for commenting

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  3. stephenransome January 27, 2016 / 17:24

    Hi Mike. You must be gutted. So so sorry he has gone. Thoughts with you mate. x

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:41

      It’s a well known poem Daniel but thanks for reminding me about it. I’ve just been over to read it again.

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  4. BuntyMcC January 27, 2016 / 18:28

    Awwww. So sorry you lost your companion and friend.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:13

      I keep thinking he’s there. Then I realise he’s not but I couldn’t let him suffer.

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  5. Jo January 27, 2016 / 18:50

    Very sorry to hear your sad news. It’s always hard to say goodbye to a beloved and loyal companion.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:42

      It is Jo. but it was time. I had been dreading the day but he went so peacefully…..

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  6. Majka January 27, 2016 / 20:32

    He will meet our Cindy in a nice place, she was a white black Japan Chin and she was an old lady when she passed away.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:14

      He sure was and that’s how I’ll remember him as a beautiful friend

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  7. Sue Past January 27, 2016 / 23:17

    sorry to read this sad post Mike, hope your beautiful pictures will help to keep the memories of a wonderful companion Sue

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:43

      They will Sue and thank you for commenting

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  8. goandslo January 27, 2016 / 23:29

    It’s never easy saying goodbye to a friend, we had to say goodbye to our Jack Russell last year, dementia and heart failure and we have said no more as it breaks our heart every time we have to say goodbye. So sorry Mike, I’m sure he had a good life with you.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:15

      I keep telling myself that. On the one hand I feel guilty but on the other I couldn’t let him suffer.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:17

      It was time Julz. We knew it was coming but he started to go downhill fast.

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  9. petspeopleandlife January 28, 2016 / 03:55

    Aah gee, Mike. I am so sorry that Deefer is no longer with you. Made me cry and I only knew him through your photographs. He was a wonderful companion and I hope that your memories of him will sustain you in your time of grief. The black and white photos are my favorites. He really was a good looking dog.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2016 / 07:26

      He started to go downhill fast Yvonne. Night before last, during the evening, he struggled to get his breath, he kept waking up from a sleep fighting to breathe. During the night he was worse and just couldn’t settle. In the morning I took him out and he didn’t want to walk and he had hardly touched his food. Then he was struggling to breathe again. I rang our vet at lunchtime. Give him his due he said he was available to come to the house or I could go to him. I feel guilty but I couldn’t let him suffer and he went so peacefully because the vet gave him a sedative first.

      I’ll miss him, he’s been part of the family for so long, I’ll never forget my friend and I’ve got the photographs. In some ways I’m glad I decided to take those black and white ones. But looking back when I see the ones of Deefer as a puppy and a young dog I know I did the right thing.

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      • petspeopleandlife January 29, 2016 / 04:12

        Of course you did the right thing, Mike. It was the best way. All those photos are really excellent and Deefer as a puppy shows his beauty and a very sweet dog. I hope you’ll get another dog to love- in time. Not one to replace Deefer but one that needs a home. A dog that needs you and one that you need for companionship and to pamper and love.

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        • Mike Hardisty January 29, 2016 / 16:04

          I don’t know if we will, Yvonne. But I can always dog-sit my son’s puppy whose a bit of a handful at the moment.

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          • petspeopleandlife January 31, 2016 / 04:43

            Those puppies are all so cute. Maybe puppy sitting will ignite a desire to get a dog again.🙂

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  10. Jane Lurie January 28, 2016 / 08:25

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Mike. I remember that gorgeous “favorite” portrait. He was a handsome boy.

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  11. jhoudephotography January 28, 2016 / 14:28

    What a lovely animal! I feel for you, I know how difficult that is, so sorry for your lost.

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  12. Cynthia Guenther Richardson January 29, 2016 / 02:30

    Sad to lose such a canine friend…lovely shots you have shared with us–thanks. I still miss my old calico cat after over ten years–but I appreciate dogs as well.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 29, 2016 / 16:03

      I can always dog-sit my son’s puppy, but it’s not the same

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      • Cynthia Guenther Richardson January 29, 2016 / 23:17

        I get that. There is a neighborhood calico cat who looks much like my deceased pet Mandy–she always comes up to me. We commune and I pet her but no, not the same at all.

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  13. theresagreen January 31, 2016 / 15:18

    So sorry for your loss Mike, but you’ve done him proud with your photographic obituary.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 1, 2016 / 09:53

      Thank you Theresa. He was a good old boy and I miss our walks together. That was my thinking time…..

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  14. pattimoed February 1, 2016 / 12:54

    What a beautiful tribute to your great companion. I know you took great care of each other. I hope your memories of him are a great comfort.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 4, 2016 / 10:00

      They are, but I miss our time together, walks, etc. Even now I find myself starting to do something then realising he’s not there.

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      • pattimoed February 4, 2016 / 22:46

        That will happen for a while. I still get a pang when I’m finishing up a jar of peanut butter because our Springer used to lick it clean–as a treat!

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  15. Janet Sunderland February 1, 2016 / 16:35

    Thanks for the range of photos. He loved you a lot to pose so graciously.

    I’m sorry, Mike.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 4, 2016 / 10:01

      He always was a poser. Typical Cavalier King Charles Spaniel….

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