Morecambe – a good dog

They say that when you buy a dog that loss is always on the horizon. They don’t live as long as us generally and (if all goes according to plan) in the end the day will come when you say good-bye.

This week, we said good-bye to Morecambe. Those of you who have followed our travails over the last few weeks will know that he has struggled with separation anxiety and we weren’t quite sure about the way forward. Especially when someone kindly pushed an anonymous note under our door basically saying “Shut Your Dog Up”. (Are Christian Curses unacceptable? Asking for a friend).

It was a long weekend last weekend. We tried a dog behaviourist, a Doggy Day Care lady (she ended up with a bitten thumb for her trouble) and lots of friends and we had to reluctantly accept that there was no way forward. The vet said that he felt that there was a neurological problem and that his age meant that to put him to sleep was the kindest decision. Well it might be for Morecambe buster but we have been devastated. HOH – who took him to the vets to do the deed – has been particularly traumatised.

People are very kind aren’t they. You watch 15 minutes of Brexit coverage and you could be forgiven for thinking the country is full of self-serving lunatics who don’t care about anyone but themselves. Well I have a house full of flowers and bagful of “so sorry” messages that prove otherwise and I for one am jolly grateful.

At the moment, we still miss him like mad. We miss walks, cuddles on the sofa (if he was in the mood) and saving the last bits of food for him. But we know that we gave him a fantastic life and eventually we won’t feel like this. Eventually.

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10 Comments

  1. Kirsten
    October 28, 2019 / 7:52 am

    So sorry to hear about Morcambe. Will pray for you all.

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you

  2. October 28, 2019 / 7:57 am

    We were both very sad to read this. It must have been an incredibly hard decision. At times like this, words of “comfort” can seem glib and empty. I am so glad to read that there are flowers and notes from caring people arriving to remind you that you are much loved, and friends are supporting you in this time of loss. Please accept this long distance “virtual hug”. You’re in my thoughts and prayers, And tell HOH he is a good and brave man to have taken M. to the vets. I hope the FOW are OK too. Much love xx

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you. It has been difficult but we have been comforted because we are sure that we did the right thing. And we are sure it will get better (eventually)

  3. October 28, 2019 / 9:10 am

    I am sorry to hear that. How comforting to know that you have caring friends.

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 9:54 pm

      Yes, it has been. Workmates have been especially understanding

  4. October 29, 2019 / 11:16 pm

    Oh no! Morecambe! You poor things. What a terrible decision to have to make. I think you did the right thing, but how heartbreaking. Thinking of you — and your wild parent and horrible neighbour. What a tiring and stressful start to life in your new home. I hope really nice things happen to you this week to comfort you and make you feel a bit better. Hugs. xx

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 10:16 pm

      I know. We are in interesting times. Am eating a lot of Mint Magnums at the moment for comfort. Thank you x

  5. greta
    October 30, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    oh, dear, i am so sad to hear this. it’s challenging to make these hard decisions and heartbreaking as well. even when we know that we have done the ‘right’ thing, sadness remains. our younger daughter is currently dealing with a similar situation and decisions must be made so i know something of what you’ve been going through. sending love and gentle hugs.

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you. It has been challenging and love to your daughter in a similar situation as well.

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