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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

VERY SAD NEWS: Biggles has died

Blogwatchers will know that Biggles has been unwell for the last few days. He went in to the vet yesterday, where he was diagnosed with a liver infection, and he died at 6:00 this morning. He will be buried alongside Tessie in the CFZ garden later today. We are all too upset to do anything else.

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.


10 comments:

Tabitca said...

*hug* I am so sorry to hear this. losing a pet is like losing a member of the family. Be cheered by the fact he had a happy life with you at CFZ. Thinking about you all xx
The Rainbow Bridge:

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....

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G L Wilson said...

You have my deepest sympathies. I'm sure you must be feeling wretched. Please take care.

Syd said...

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. May you gain some comfort from the fact that while Biggles life was short, it was full of interesting things and most importantly, he was loved unlike so many other dogs.

KarenMarie said...

I am so very very sorry for your loss. It has brought tears to my eyes for I know when a dear pet passes it can just rip ones heart to pieces. You are all in my thoughts...

Dr Karl Shuker said...

Hi Jon and Corinna, I am so very sorry, and know only too well from my own experiences how you must be feeling today. But when you are able to, be happy in the knowledge that Biggles's life was, however short, a joyful, much-loved one, because you were there to make it so. And by the same token, treasure the happy memories of the joy and the love that he brought into your lives. After all, other than the love and the happiness that we give to and receive from other living souls, what is there in this life that really matters? God bless.

Carl said...

I can't believe it! I never knew his was ill. Susan and I are deeply sorry and shocked. Our thoughts are with you as we look at our own dear Darwin - a Border Collie who will also meet Biggles one day. As I write I am listening to 'Candle in the wind' by Elton John. Biggles certainly DID know who to cling to when the rain set in - you guys. Blessings to all. Carla and Susan xx

Richard Freeman said...

I can't belive he's gone. He was only two.
We had some lovely long walks together.
Goodbye Biggles.

Clive said...

I am very sorry to learn this very sad news. I have allways felt very fond of Biggles even if I did get the chance to meet him.

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

Damn, that's a shock, a dog dying so young. Still, I know how you feel now; I remember the pain from having our last Jack Russell put to sleep (cancer in an old dog is fatal, one way or another). I still expect to see a dog come running up to me when I visit my parents to this day, three years on. I am therefore very sorry for your loss.

CFZ Australia said...

So so sad :-( at least he spent his time with two of the biggest animal lovers on the planet. x