Farewell Stormy girl

Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our faithful 17 year old doggo, Stormy. I also nick-named her Slippers – because she was always under my feet! While she loved us, she hated pretty much everyone and everything else. Here’s a few pics from over the years of the defender of the family.

We saved Stormy from the pound and gave her the best life a dog could possibly have. Seconds after I finished burying her in the rain next to the path and gate that leads to the bush tracks she loved, as I raised a beer in her memory, this bright rainbow appeared briefly across the valley. A fitting farewell for our old friend.

46 thoughts on “Farewell Stormy girl

      1. Thanks, this is the second dog we have lost, it doesn’t get easier. We will probably invite another into our home and lives though but not for a while, they are great to have around.

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    1. Thanks, and absolutely. She dug a big hole in hour hearts and enriched our lives. As annoying as she often was, I do miss her, especially those eyes at breakfast time!

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    1. Thanks Morgaine, we should have tweaked to the name given to her by the dog’s home, but she found her way into your hearts and home – and as you said, there she will stay. She was one very loyal and over protective dog, but she was ours, and we were definitely hers πŸ˜€

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  1. Oh no, Tone. I’m crying for your loss. We went through this just about two years ago with our springer, Ruby, who was almost 14. Now I worry if Emma, our English cocker gets the hiccups. I know you must be heartbroken. It will take some time before you feel better. You will be seeing her everywhere and wondering why she’s not in that space. Just a couple of days ago I was talking about Emma and called her Ruby by mistake. She still occupies a space in my head, and I’m sure you’ll be going through the same. I’m so very sorry for you.

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    1. Thanks Anneli, I miss Stormy most at breakfast, she was always hungry and wanting my toast! And our walks, she was very patient with my fungi hunting in her twilight years and was great company. I don’t miss her so much at night though, finally I am able to sleep right through – she would have me up every few hours in the last years! The house does seem that bit emptier though …

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      1. I know what you mean about the “getting up at night” part, but probably you’d gladly have that chore back if you could have her back in her younger days (when she wasn’t old or sick).

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      2. She probably mellowed as she got older, though in hindsight I think she had US trained to do her bidding! Now I think about it, she was the evil dog overlord !!! πŸ˜‰

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  2. So hard to say goodbye to our animals when they have been such a huge part of our family. RIP Stormy. We have lost much loved-dogs too so know the pain. Take care & may there be more rainbows than rain.

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    1. Thank you, we’ve felt this loss before with our first mate Buddy boy – the Wonder Dog, but it doesn’t make it easier. They are all so sweet and as you say, a big part of the family. I guess it’s the ultimate price of admission for life, make the most of it πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Mel, life was certainly one big adventure with Stormy Dog and you would be hard pressed to find a more faithful companion – though at times a little on the extreme side. Sometimes she took here role as protector a little too seriously πŸ˜‰

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      1. Obviously she was dedicated to her task of fearless protector. We said goodbye to our old (one month short of 19yrs) bitzer border collie nearly 2 years ago and I still miss him. All the best, Mel

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      2. Wow, 19!!! That’s good going for a dog! Breakfast time is the worst, looking for something to munch the last crusty corner, but not so much at night, enjoying unbroken sleep finally!!

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    1. Thanks Sandra, life is a little emptier, especially at breakfast, but oh, sleep is so much fuller not getting up every few hours for her in the twilight years πŸ˜‰ My neighbour Evan is away, so I’ve been taking young Benny Boy for walks to cheer me up. He’s quite the distraction with his love of sticks and endless energy.

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  3. I am very sorry for your loss Tone, It’s hard and very painful, I know it well because I also lost my dog last Wednesday, but he was only two years old, if you want you can see a picture of him on my site. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Marc – what a lovely dog you had and sad circumstance of it’s early passing. I’m lucky to have a neighbours young dog to take for walks and cheer me up while he’s away, but I do miss the old girl. All the best,

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    1. Thank you, they have a way of weaving themselves into your life and heart. Life is just that little bit emptier without her, but so much fuller for her having been there. Take care.

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  4. We had to say ‘good bye’ to our beloved Norman this year, who also was 17 years old. I know how you feel. I am sorry for your loss, he has left a pawprint in your heart, just like all the others.

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  5. So sorry about your sweet girl 😦 it is so sad to lose a loved one. The rainbow just reconfirmed her selfless love and memories will always stay around❀️

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