Monday, 10 September 2018

Farewell to Rusty Pup Shandy

Our beautiful RP Shandy passed away last night at ten o'clock.
She had aged a lot this summer
and recently had struggled to climb the stairs at bedtime.
On Sunday evening she started up but stopped a quarter way up on the landing.
Handy Hubby comforted her and prevented her going any further.
She lay down and looked up at the stairs as if to say
"but I'm supposed to be up there".
Handy Hubby stroked her and assured her everything was alright
but eventually she stretched out her legs
and peacefully passed away.

Eleven years ago on Halloween
Shandy(r) and Kayla took their first steps into this big wide world.

They did everything together.

Exploring the woods together

Playing in the snow together

and learning how to share (or not).

When it was time to come in, "it was time to come in ...  please"

Shandy(r) and Kayla did love the snow.

They had each other's backs

Where one went the other was not far behind.

Shandy was a people dog
She would rather spend time with folks than with dogs.
The one human she worshipped most was Handy Hubby....

....mostly because he was prepared to spend hours
making tennis balls sail through the air for her to catch,
while Kayla was just watching.

Shandy never asked for much....

....but if no-one was prepared to hit balls
she was known to sulk!

All of us....

 ....loved our walks

 Shandy (with tongue hanging out) could still jump
into the car until this summer,
when she joined Kayla in having to be lifted in.

Our last walk was on Friday
when she was delighted to see the beaver.

Shandy, my precious,
you filled our lives with fun and laughter and love.
We were so lucky to have you.

Kayla(r) is wondering where you are.
God bless.


  1. So, so sorry....we who have our dog kids understand your have such great memories and she will always have that spot in your hearts...hugs to you both.

  2. Oh Penny and Richard so so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how much the Rusty Pups meant to you both. Thee are tears in my eyes too. Dogs love so unconditional. xx

    1. Thank you so much. And yes, they love us unconditionally and completely.

  3. I am so sorry-our dogs are such a part of our world. They love us so much, probably more than we love them. Big hugs

  4. So sorry for your loss. Big hugs to you and may she run free on the other side, catching balls and climbing stairs.

  5. Oh Penny I am so very very sorry. I'm crying on your behalf and my heart goes out to Kayla too.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear this. You will all miss her very much, including Kayla.

  7. My dear Penny, what a sad sad post ...
    To loose such a dear friend !
    All my love to you, Man and Kayla

  8. Oh, Penny! I feel your pain. It is so very difficult to say goodbye to a loved one ond one's pets are just as much family members as our human family. Thinking of you and hoping you and Kayla and Handy Hubby are alright. God bless! And God bless Shandy too.

  9. Oh Penny, so sad but many memories. I can't remember how many dogs I have lost, we always had at least one, usually more and they all have a place in my heart.

  10. Nothing like a loving loyal dog by one's side ~ but the passing of such a dog, is indeed a hard time. RIP dear dog.

  11. You both must be in pain right now. Take good care of
    one another and for your remaining dog. I'm so sorry.

  12. How many of us share your sadness in this loss ... peace be with you

  13. What a beautiful tribute to Shandy!! Tears! Bless her & all of you.

  14. I am soo sorry for you, for all 3 of you, I know this is a hard time, relay on each other and keep in mind that she had a wonderful life out there.
    be blessed

  15. Thoughts and prayers for all of you. They are family. 🐾

  16. My thoughts are with you and certainly understand the sadness. aren't we lucky that we were privileged to have loved such wonderful "kids" and so lucky that they were in our lives!

  17. Your sad post brought tears. I have enjoyed the romps and ramblings of the rusty pups. Animals being such joy and a sense of calmness in our lives. Take care.

  18. Oh Penny, I am so sad for you. Losing a friend like that is so very difficult. I am glad the end wasn't about endless (useless?) visits to the vet.
    I would have loved to hug Shandy the Rusty Pup. I hope Kayla is not pining.
    Love and hugs from here in the UK - Sandy

  19. So sorry to hear of Shandy's passing. A beautiful dog and beloved fur baby. So very hard to lose a beloved pet. So very hard. My heart goes out to you...

  20. What a beautiful tribute. I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. I'm so sorry for this loss...each photo shows easy long lasting love.

  22. Oh no... I am so sorry to hear this. Kayla's spirit was tied to Shandy's and the love between the two was so powerful, you could see it right in the photos. Nevertheless, it is so heart-breaking. May you be comforted by all of the many sweet memories as you mourn this very sad loss. Sending hugs and prayers of peace coming your way.


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