Sunday, 24 August 2014

A tribute to Daisy

We said goodbye to our beloved and faithful dog Daisy on Thursday. She was such a special dog and the hole she has left in our home is so huge.


She only came into our lives when she was 5 years old having had 2 previous owners and she has shared our home for the last eight years. She was born in Paris on 26th December 2000 and lived with her first owner a Frenchman for about 4 years. She then moved to London with him and when he had to find alternative accommodation and couldn't find anywhere that accepted dogs she came to live in Dorset with one of his friends' mother.


When our previous dog died we got a cat from Cats protection league and our daughter asked each year for a dog whenever it was her birthday or Christmas. We had just made the decision to have a dog when our cat was diagnosed with acromegaly. We decided that it would be too much for our cat and instead put an advert in the local Co-op to ask if anyone would like their dog walked. Daisy's new owner had 2 dogs and answered our advert and that is how we came to meet her. After a year when our cat died we were asked to look after Daisy and she came to live with us on a permanent basis.


She was such a gentle dog , her greatest pleasure was to join in with whatever we were doing....




 She could also be stubborn and on walks in particular knew exactly which way she wanted to go!



And like other West Highland Terirers she loved to roll in the smelliest deposits she could find even if this would result in a shower that she didn't enjoy!


She believed the cushions on the sofa were there just for her!


Twinkle has always been fascinated by Daisy and was initially attracted by her to our garden when she was  a stray cat. She too joined our home when she reappeared in the garden injured, and despite searching no owners ever claimed her. Daisy put up with her, whereas Twinkle was always trying to get closer to her!

      Daisy was very wary of most other dogs and wasn't sure about snowmen either!


It was always a challenge to take a good picture of her as she always noticed the camera and would look away!


This blog has included images from the many walks we have taken with her and she has captured many dog and human friends from all around the world.  It is going to be hard no longer having her to share these special moments with us.
  


 Stone angel pointed me a few weeks ago towards the poem The Power of the Dog"" by Kipling this is just one of the verses.....

When the body that lived at your single will,
With it's whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone-wherever it goes-for good,
You will discover how much you care
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

Sarah x

79 comments:

  1. I am so sad for you all that you have lost little Daisy - I have always thought what a cute little dog she looked on your posts. She had an interesting history having been born in France, but was very fortunate to end her days within such a loving family. Rest in peace little Daisy♡

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  2. So sorry you have lost precious Daisy.

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  3. Oh dearest Sarah, my tears mingle with yours. . . .

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  4. What a lovely heartfelt tribute to a beautiful little dog. Daisy obviously enjoyed life to the full, and was part of your family. Take heart from knowing you loved her so much - what little dog could ask for more? I am so sorry for your loss, they become very dear to us don't they, our little animals? Wishing you and your family well. In time the happy memories will shine through and the tears will dry and you will cherish those happy times with a smile. What a nice little dog, you were all lucky to have found each other xx.
    Emily

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  5. So sorry for your loss, it sounds like Daisy had a wonderful life with you and gave you so much in return xxx

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  6. My heart breaks for you, your Daisy reminds me so much of our late beloved Molly Westie). we lost her too soon.
    When you think you hear her, you do hear her, she will never leave you!!


    best wishes - Barbara

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  7. So lovely... such a blessing to have a deep connection with such a soul..
    Hugs to you and yours... Cass x

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  8. Dearest Sarah,
    With tears in my eyes I write to you. I am so sorry for you all.. Dear Daisy, she is in heaven now. Lets hope that she meets my Lady, that I lost in January. It leaves a hole in our hearts to loose such dear friends.
    My Lady, is buried in my front part of the garden.
    Daisy will always be with you in your heart.
    Thinking of you Sarah.
    God bless... val xxxx

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  9. Oh dear, all tearful now... That is a wonderful tribute and the pictures share such beautiful and happy memories. I expect you will remember her every time you walk in snow or on the beach or among bluebells, or anywhere... Ever so sad.
    Best wishes

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  10. Such a lovely tribute to a beautiful dog. The bluebell photo is just gorgeous. Take care xo

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  11. Ah! Daisy...Bless you sweetheart...Bless you!x

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  12. Oh Sarah what a beautiful tribute to Daisy.
    Such a hard loss, dogs are so near and dear to our souls.
    My heart goes out to you , I know this feeling .
    It was wonderful that Daisy got to be such a part of your life .
    We always saw how much you enjoyed each other when you would feature her her in your posts.
    Soft hugs of condolences,
    Willow

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  13. So very sorry for your loss. I suffered the loss of my boy Rowdy in June 2011 and still think of him daily and my heart still aches.....isn't it amazing the love we have for them?

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  14. Aww I'm so sorry Sarah. Losing a pet is the worst part of pet-ownership. My heart goes out to you xox

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  15. Dear Sarah, I have been thinking of you often this week, knowing that Daisy wasn't well. I am so sorry. I read your post in tears. I know exactly how you are feeling and send you love. Bless dear Daisy, I shall miss her. Xxx

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  16. What can I say Sarah - I know she will leave a big hole in your lives - but at least you can rest assured that you gave her the best possible home you could. The pictures are charming especially the expression on her face after rolling in whatever it was - such an innocent look - 'who me - what have I done wrong'.

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  17. Oh dear Sarah, what a sad post...I am so sorry for your loss....you must all feel her absence greatly. What splendid memories you have though and what a loved little dog she was being in a house filled with such love and kindness...my thoughts are with you all as you adjust to the silence your beloved companion has left...hugs my dear Sarah x Sharon

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  18. Oh, I'm so sorry. I can imagine just what a hole she must have left in your life. She was obviously a wonderful dog and very special to you all. Take care, Juliex

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  19. Oh Sarah, I am so very sorry for you and your family.

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  20. Dear Sarah,
    I feel you pain and I am crushed... so sorry to hear dear Daisy is gone.. I am sure she is chasing butterflies in heaven... This is such a beautiful tribute to her... I know she brought years of joy to you and family.
    Sending you a warm hug
    Penny

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  21. What a lovely tribute. Daisy was lucky to have had you :) I can imagine the hole she's left, as you know, we have a Westie too and from the way you describe Daisy they sound so similar in character - we've had Jodie since she was a few weeks old and she's 14 now so I don't think it'll be too long before Daisy and Jodie might meet in another doggy-life! I feel for you, but I hope you can take comfort in the knowledge that Daisy was so loved and had many happy years with you.

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  22. So sorry you have lost your sweet little dog. I can see that she was so well loved, you were lucky to have found each other, she clearly had a very good life with you. CJ xx

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  23. Dear Sarah,

    So sorry to hear of Daisy's death. Thinking of you and sending a virtual hug!

    Madelief xox

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  24. So, so sorry to hear this Sarah. You've written a beautiful tribute to Daisy , you must all be devastated . Take care of yourselves , I'll be thinking of you x

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  25. Dear friend,

    I am in tears.

    I have no internet service at home today, so I had to travel to a café to get WIFI services. I am catching up with you dear friends, around the world.

    My heart is hurt for I know the love of a dog and what these creatures do for us. They say nothing, but speak volumes of companionship and understanding. I can't believe she's gone....I just can't. I will however, continue to visit your lovely tours of the places you love, and we know that Daisy's footsteps still make an imprint in our hearts. Hugs, BIG HUGS, to you, Anita

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  26. Daisy was clearly a very special friend who will be sorely missed. We have all been charmed by her, and will miss her too. So sad for you Sarah.

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  27. This is such a lovely tribute; beautiful photos. Sorry for your loss.

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  28. Dear Sarah,
    I just want to say how sorry I am to hear about Daisy. As a pet owner, I know what joy our pets can bring to us. She was blessed to have found a loving home and I know that you and your family will miss her dearly. They bring joy but most of all, their loyalty to a family. They will go where you go. Sending my prayers and a hug to you. Thank you for sharing her with us. Blessings to you and your family. Bobbie Lynn

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  29. I am so sorry to hear Daisy has moved on to another place. It is so sad when our lovely animal friends have to leave us. Sending you love XX

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  30. Sarah, I am so very sorry you have lost your precious Daisy. I'm sitting here crying my eyes out, wishing there was something more I could do or say. She was an absolute delight, and I can't even begin to imagine the loneliness and sadness that you must be feeling right now.

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  31. Hello Sarah

    So sorry for your major loss. Daisy had a wonderful life with you and how great that you made room for her in your life as you have done for the cat also. Thank you for making a difference

    Helen

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  32. Oh Sarah I am so sorry for your loss- the photos of your time with her are beautiful x

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  33. Dear Sarah,

    I am so very sorry to hear your sad news - Daisy looked like the sweetest dog and I always loved seeing your wonderful photos taken on your walks. Hope that the happy memories you shared with sweet Daisy will help ease the pain and you can find comfort.
    I know how much you will miss her as they are such important members of a family.
    Sending my love and hugs
    Carolyn

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  34. I will miss your Daisy! Oh how sweet she is. My heart of sympathy to you at this time. I can imagine the emptiness left without her presence. She lit up your blog so I can only imagine how much she lit up your lives. You are in my thoughts and prayers xxo

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  35. I'm in tears too Sarah. I'm so sorry to hear you lost your dear Daisy. We farewelled our 12 yr old Whippet last week so I really feel your pain. It's very hard. Sending hugs. Mel xxx

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  36. I am sitting here in tears!

    I have loved watching Daisy on your beach walks and didn't realize her age.

    I know exactly what you are feeling having lost our precious Dorge last summer. We have Lulu now, but there is a part of Dorje in our hearts and there always will be.

    I will be thinking of you when we walk with Lulu on the beach tomorrow.

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  37. I'm very sorry to hear that! Daisy was such a cute dog!

    Sigrun

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  38. Oh Sarah, I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of little Daisy. What a great sadness it must be for you all. Xx

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  39. I am sorry to hear about poor Daisy. As a dog owner I know that she was not just a dog but very much part of the family and I understand your sorrow. Take care xxx

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  40. Daisy......it seems that you came into her life when she needed someone, and your adorable cat found you too! I hope that You will open yourself to the possibility of another furry companion.....to fill the hole that Daisy left. I know you will feel like you are too hurt right now....But Daisy would wish to pass you on to another wonderful dog in need.......big kiss from my Daisy to you.....

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  41. I am so sorry Sarah. With always keeping a number of dogs I've had cause to turn to Kipling's verses a fair few times down the years ... I find them comforting, I hope you do too. Run free dear Daisy x

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  42. I am so sorry Sarah, this is so very sad. It sounds as though you all had a wonderful life together, Daisy and your family so you will have great memories - and pictures - of your time together and the knowledge that Daisy really had a great life with you. My thoughts are with you as I know how sad this can be. xx

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  43. so sorry to hear this, I know how you feel, the house is so quiet and still without them x

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  44. So sorry Sarah. I had a Maltese for 15 years and when she died I swore I could not go through that again. Ten years later I have a rescue dog named Mate, who is the most loveable mixed breed something or other! We adore him and even though it's terribly sad when they go, I realise how much love he brings into our home. So I hope you too can find another pet, sooner or later, to fill the void that Daisy has left. Hugs to you Sarah. Mary-Jill

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  45. I am so sorry to read this Sarah. I dread the day but my own dear dog will leave us. Such a heavy heart but you have given her a full and loved life. Love to you all x

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  46. Oh Sarah, I'm so sorry to read this. Jx

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  47. So said you had to say goodbey to your sweet Daisy. I showed the pictures in your post to my husband and we agreet that she looks so much like our Mickey. Also an old westie, he's15 years now. So I know how you feel, x

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  48. I am in tears. Nothing else to say except love the photo of her in the field of blue flowers. I will be giving my two naughty dachshunds special cuddles and kisses today.

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  49. So sorry and so glad that a dear little Westie found her 'forever home' with you and enjoyed so many special times with a whole family who loved her. I hope another furry friend finds its way into your home and hearts. A lovely tribute to Daisy - she'll always be part of your lives.

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  50. Such sad news. I know how it feels to lose a beloved pet. Thinking if you and your family. Pj x

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  51. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss Sarah. Best wishes for you and your family x.

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  52. I've only just started reading your blog in the last few weeks, but just wanted to say what a beautiful tribute to a lovely sounding dog. The photos show just how much a part of your family she was. Hope with time the sadness will fade to be replaced with smiles at happy memories.

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  53. Oh, Sarah, I'm so sorry to hear this news. It's devastating when a member of the family passes away. My thoughts are with you xx

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  54. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Daisy. Such a beautiful tribute to a very much loved family member and I can't help to think how fortunate you all were to find each other all those years ago. Thinking of you and sending you big hugs.

    Charlie
    xx

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  55. Oh sweet Sarah,

    Thank you for coming to visit me. I am tearing up again with a lump in my throat as I see her face. My friend, nature gives us such gifts and nothing, even the parting, can steal the love we experienced. OH, carry on! Much admiration, Anita

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  56. I am so sorry you have lost Daisy. She looks like such a scamp! Happy memories to cherish x

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  57. From all your lovely happy posts here is a sad one, best of luck and memories of Daisy

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  58. Dear Sarah, just popped in for a short visit ( I am on IG more these days ) and sadly noticed your post..Ooh I am sorry to hear you've lost lovely Daisy ! You have all those wonderful memories to treasure always of her being that special part of your family...Thinking of you....
    Hugs Maria x
    I will be back in the Autumn with my blog...Life's been very busy !!

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  59. Good Morning Sarah, I was visiting my friend Carol, when I came across your blog and thought I would pay you a visit, but I am sorry that it is under such sad circumstances.
    After reading about your adorable Daisy, she reminded me so much of our King Charles Spaniel, Chloe. She was a huge part of our life and it is so very said when they leave us.
    Looking at your photographs, Daisy found a wonderful home with you and your family and I smiled when you wrote that she loved rolling in the 'smelliest of deposits' as Chloe was just the same. She is gone, but she will always be with you as you and your family have so many wonderful memories of her.
    Best Wishes to you from the North of England.
    Daphne

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  60. Sarah - I'm so sorry for the loss of your fur baby. Daisy had a good home with loving people when she came into your life. What a blessing. Warm hugs. xo Kim

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  61. Sarah, Im so so sorry,

    Daisy in the bluebells.. beautiful. A lovely way to remember her

    Leanne x

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  62. Oh Sarah I'm so sorry. Sending you all big hugs.

    Dearest Daisy. You have made so many happy in the images of you on this blog. You have known and given love. I'm sad I won't get to take one of those walks with you. Big hugs from me & my dog.

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  63. You have Daisy the best years of her life. Sincere condolences on your loss of Daisy, and I'm sure her other furry friends are feeling her loss also.
    Bless you all at such a sad time.

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  64. It's obvious how much you and your family loved having Daisy around through your photos and words. It's awful having to say goodbye but it seems she had such a joyous and interesting life with you. You've got some lovely memories to look back on and sustain you; you did her proud. Caro xx

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  65. I've had to go through this, too, and its horrible. If dogs years were based on how loving they are, they would never die. She was a lucky dog to live with you.

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  66. Sarah, I'm late to commenting here but I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus that I'm so sorry to read of Daisy's passing. I know the deep ache of the loss of a cherished pet and I dread the day that my little cat (20 yrs old and counting) leaves us. You gave Daisy such a beautiful and loving home and she always looked so happy in your pictures. I've never seen a dog so contentedly lying in the flowers. xo

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  67. Playing catchup... so, so sorry to hear of your loss of Daisy.. they bring so much love and joy into our lives and it's heartbreaking when they leave us. That photo of Daisy in the bluebells is simply gorgeous... Sending love and hugs to you and yours. xx

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  68. Sarah....Daisy would want you to love another......because she knows you will always love her.....

    http://www.manytearsrescue.com/display_mtar_dog.php?id=11389

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  69. So sad Sarah to hear that your sweet Daisy has passed away. From all the phtos I have seen of her with you family I know she will be truly missed. I know every time I saw a photo of her she made me smile. Sending hugs Judy

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  70. So sorry to hear you have lost little Daisy. I know how hard it is too lose a pet ... they cme into our lives and give so much love and enjoyment. M x

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  71. I am so sorry about the loss of Daisy. Nothing can replace a pet, they are such great individuals each and every one of them. It's been six years since my daughter's dog had to be put to sleep and I still miss him.

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  72. I'm so terribly sorry Sarah to hear of the loss of your beloved Daisy. She was a beautiful little girl, and I'm sure she loved and cherished you all as much as you did her. She will always be around you. I understand the heart ache you're going through, and know that no words can ease your pain, I too lost my little dog, a jack russell, aged nearly 17, in June and only 3 weeks ago lost my mum ... grief is a hard journey, but we have to be so thankful that we had them in our lives and for the love and joy they gave us. Take care x

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  73. I have only just seen your blog and learned of your very sad loss. I am dreading the day that I lose Hamish. Westies are very special dogs and Daisy will remain in your heart forever. Thinking of you all xx

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  74. Sarah, what can I say. I am so sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you. What a lovely tribute to Daisy and I have a lump in my throat as I write. She will always be with you and you with her x

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  75. Sarah,so sorry you lost Daisy the pictures of her are lovely and what a way to acquire a dog. Annie x

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  76. Sarah, I just found your blog and am reading about your beloved Westie, Daisy. What a beautiful little girl. I love the pictures of her. She was meant to live with you and your family.

    I know your broken heart all too well. Sending big hugs across the pond......

    Becky

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  77. Hi Sarah: I just came over to your blog from Art and Sand and in looking around, saw Daisy's story. We had a Westie for 13 years: she was truly our second daughter! Oh the love. I think watching her go was the most difficult thing we will ever have to do…esp. my husband. We cannot have another dog: can't bear the end. But oh we are Westie lovers alright. Do you know Pepper the Westie? I follow her on Facebook. Anyway, I am fascinated by where you live and your images, so will follow now and will come back often. Hope you will visit me some time!

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