The ramblings from a small quilt shop on the South Islands West Coast of New Zealand

Monday, August 29, 2011

In Honour of a Dear Friend. RIP Chuck

 

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Over the last few weeks I have been conscious of how quickly the aging process has taken over our friend, confidant and family member Chuck.   Chuck is  was a 13 1/2 year old Golden Retriever and became a member of our family when he was nothing more than a 6 week old bundle of fluff.

During his time with us he has run with my horses and hidden from the cows. He has ‘put up005 (3)’ the pheasants that nested in our hay paddocks and allowed two orphan kittens to snuggle into him at night.

When we moved from our farm and headed south Chuck became a huge fan of the beach that is found at the end of the road on which we live.  There he became a puppy again, this time ‘putting up’ the seagulls and even trying to hold a conversation with a wayward seal or two.020

Once I opened our shop from our home Chuck became a bit of a welcoming committee  (along with Polly, our very noisy Foxy). 

Moving here so many thousands of miles away from my circle of friends 026Chuck became my constant companion.  He heard my woes  and gave me company and now he’s gone.

Chuck finally got laid to rest yesterday, he’s left a huge hole in my life, in fact he’s left a huge hole in all of our lives here at By Hoki022 Quilts. 

Polly has been outside a number of times just wandering around looking for him, and Trouble, one of our two cats finally got put outside at 4 this morning after she was roaming the house meowing for her friend.

I apologise for this post being so long and without a mention of sewing. DH has lost his ‘buddy’ but I’ve lost a friend. Our gentleman Chuck has left us and it’s all just too sad.

24 comments:

  1. I am so sorry for your loss of your dear pet Chuck , our pets become such a huge part of our family and loosing them is really tough , take care and hugs Sheila

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  2. Many hugs to you Miche'le...its just horrible loosing your confidant and best friend. What a beautiful gentle looking doggie he was :) (((Hugs))) Hugs Vicki x

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  3. I truly feel for you Miche'le. Our pets become so much a part of the family that it does indeed leave a huge hole. I still miss our Max that we had for nine wonderful years. Only a few months later we rescued a puppy from the humane society and now she will soon be nine years old. I hope she will make it a few more years.

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  4. We lost our cat after 19 1/2 years. Pets do become part of the family and are certainly missed. I am sorry for your loss.

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  5. Dear Miche'le,
    I'm not a dog person, but I think from your description of Chuck I just might have liked him. A gentleman of dogs. Friendly, caring, and constant but with a bit of fun and play in him. After 13.5 years he will be so missed by you all, RIP nice dog.

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  6. Miche'le it's so hard to lose one of our beloved furry kids. Chuck was so clearly a huge part of your life and you're so lucky (as was he) to have had those 13 1/2 wonderful years together. God Bless his gentle soul, and great big hugs to you too dear one!!
    Love n hugs,
    Joy xxxxx

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  7. Our pets do become part of our lives. I sure feel your loss. We love them while they are here but grieve when they pass. What a handsome
    boy he was.

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  8. big hugs....pets are so much more than that..they are family!

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  9. Hugs to you Miche'le, losing a dearly loved pet is an awful time. Chuck sounds like a real character, and he'll leave a huge hole.

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  10. So sad for you, his passing will leave a huge gap in your lives. But you can remember all the happy times you had with your beautiful pet.

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  11. I am so, so sorry for your loss, my friend.

    Hold on to the memories. I know that Chuck has given you many of them.

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  12. Our four footed friends are family for sure. And the loss of one, it is the hardest to bear. Thoughts are with you. Take care.

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  13. It is very hard when you lose a pet- we have had to put our previous dogs down and it was such a sad day. We still miss our former dogs even though we have another one.
    Chuck looks like a gorgeous dog who was a wonderful friend,
    My condolences to you and your family,
    Regards,
    Anna

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  14. Oh, Miche'le. I'm so sorry that you and your husband have to go through this loss. Been there too.. It's so tough. They come in and just take their place in our hearts, and there they stay. Will be thinking of you. I love the pic of Chuck and the cat.. so sweet and gentle. Prayers. xo

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  15. Oh Miche'le I am so very sorry to hear your news. I am so sad for you right now. You must be aching. ((hugs))

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  16. Oh Dear Miche'le I am just so very sorry....xx

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  17. I'm so sorry for your lost. I understand how hard this is. Take care!!

    Hugs,
    Theresa

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  18. awww how very sad.... BIG hugs coming your way my friend!

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  19. Oh that's just too sad :(
    [hugs]
    deb xx

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  20. Hugs. It feels so empty when you lose a dear friend.

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  21. Hugs and more hugs, it is a tough time when we loose our loved ones,furry or other kinds.

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  22. Oh I do so understand this... Very painful.

    I can say lots of things to try to cheer you up but really non of it brings them back...

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  23. What a sad time for you all. It's like loosing a son isn't it. I remember when we lost Sam, I cried all day like a child.
    Looks like you have some lovely photos to remember him with. hugs Carole

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  24. I am sooooo sorry to hear about your Chuck!!! These are true friends and companions! I lost my Jake in 2010, and I understand. {{{HUGS}}}

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Thankyou so much for popping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas and will get back to you if needed, hugs - Miche'le

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