Tuesday, April 13, 2010

farewell to the best dog in the world

we lost our oldest and dearest friend, scully, last friday. It's taken me this long to be able to even think about writing about it here, and even now the tears stream down my face as I sit here looking at these pictures and thinking of him. To tell the truth, I'm heartbroken.
scully came into my life in my twenty second year, around the same time that arran did. He came everywhere with us and usually managed to find some mischief of one kind or another along the way. His favourite kind of mischief was the kind that involved rolling around in whatever dead animal he could find, coming home with such a look of satisfaction on his sweet little face that I could hardly get angry with him. It was just what he did, worth the punishment of having to sleep outside rather than on the end of my bed.
Arran and I were having a long distance relationship in those days, me on the south coast, and him up here on the central coast, with about 4 hours travel between us. He'd visit on weekends, and the three of us would pile into his datsun 120Y and go on adventures, scully in the back with his head out the window all the way. He could smell a cow a mile off and would bark and yelp hysterically until we were well past them. I still don't know what he would have actually done if faced with a cow, but he seemed fairly confident from the safety of the car.
Arran would leave in the wee hours of monday morning, to head straight to work in sydney (an apprentice in those days, oh my, such a long time ago). Scully would chase him all the way out of town, and then run back home to me and sleep for the next four hours until it was time for me to go to work. Such dedication.
14 years. So many stories, so many pictures. I am so grateful to have had this dog in my life, and I miss him so much that it hurts. We all miss him, he was here to welcome all our boys into the world. He treated them with such patience and gentleness and taught them how to be kind and gentle in return.
Thankyou scully, for sharing your long life with us, it's been fun. We'll never forget you.


JasperBoy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing some of your special Scully memories with us.

Jen in Melbourne

Scented Sweetpeas said...

:-( sorry to hear about your lovely dog leaving you. I still miss our dog who died a couple of years ago - they are part of the family. Take care.

sean the prawn said...

Emma, my heart goes out to you & your family. Scully will be sadly missed I'm sure... But hey, 14yrs of beautiful memories he leaves behind.... What a treasure.
Xx Leah B.

Levin said...

i'm crying too. for the dog we lost many years ago who was just the same. it's the hardest thing about owning pets - the fact that you will nearly always outlive them. i had to leave my chickens today, for the first time and i was so worried that one would escape and get run over, or eaten or something. i can happily report that they are all three sitting in their house, roosting together. but, as much as you have to feel the pain, it is most definitely worth it - animals bring such joy and fun and so many valuable life lessons. i wouldn't be without them.
take care and remember him fondly

helen macnair said...

I'm crying too. So sad. xxx Big hugs to you sweet heart and lots of love xxx

Annie said...

I'm very sorry for your dog, but at least it lived for 14 full and happy years!
Also, the pictures from throughout your blog are amazing, really good work. keep it up!

vanessa groovy said...

omg. i feel so bad i see why your wrighting. well i never had a pet but i still have feelings. hope you get better. go to www.thegroovygirlswebsite.blogspot.com. the pics make it even sader!!

jusmoochin said...

I am so sorry for your recent loss of your 'Fur' child. They wrap themselves around your heart. And as I type my 10 yr old Border Collie Bella looks as if to say "Dont worry Mum, I am immortal" I wish I could believe her. Time heals. Take care Emma.

LadyWolf said...

I just happened across your blog hitting the "next" doohickey,and read your recent post.I had to have my bestest friend of 15 years euthanized on Mar 22/10.Its the hardest thing I have ever had to do.Your story struck me cos I am there too. My baby's name was/is Cokebear.(I say IS cos I believe he's my fur guardian angel now *s*) Your Scully was a cute little fellow,and I am so sorry that you too had to send your furbaby over the Rainbow Bridge.Hang in there,and remember Scully is waiting for you and your family.

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