Three Became Two

We had to say goodbye to Taz on Friday.

Having survived a spleen removal operation this time last year and being almost totally blind and deaf – he was diagnosed with a tumour in his mouth in August and it became more and more difficult for him to eat which was, really, the only pleasure he had left.  Friday morning, the side of his face was swollen badly and I decided it was time.

He was with us for thirteen years since being dumped out of a car as a puppy, picked up by a boy who’d seen it happen and taken into the vet’s office where I just happened to be, a few hours later, with one of my cats.  Obviously, he came home with me.

We’ve had dogs for a long time now and, to be honest, Taz wasn’t one of the dogs for me.  You might know what I mean – there’s always one or maybe two that really get deep into your heart.  Like some sort of canine stalker, he spent most of his time outdoors ignoring us and being obsessed with the dog next door who he could see in the garden below ours and ran up and down for hours, watching him and barking at him, until he wore a path in that particular part of the garden that has never disappeared.

He had his moments though.

He liked a snuggle with the cats.

Even though he wasn’t a team player, he occasionally turned up for a game.

He suffered our traditional ‘dog hat photos’ at Christmas even though he gave us the stink eye.

He’s now gone to join Phoebe the German Shepherd (who was the dog for me) and Susie the gentle Golden Retriever over the Rainbow Bridge.

We’ll miss his silly face.



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  1. #1 by Nanette on October 25, 2018 - 08:18

    Ah Taz, rest easy now boy.

  2. #2 by katechiconi on October 25, 2018 - 08:56

    Ah, I’m so sorry… it’s never easy. You’ve given him a good life, companions and love. Most importantly, he’s had a painless and dignified exit when things became too hard. He’s gone ahead, to play with the others. ((((O))))

  3. #3 by PendleStitches on October 25, 2018 - 10:33

    I love the stink eye on the Christmas hat photo.
    So sorry you’ve lost him. It’s always so hard, but it was the loving thing to do. And he was so obviously loved.

  4. #4 by sewchet on October 25, 2018 - 10:55

    Aw, so sorry! I DEFINITELY understand about being ‘the’ dog. I’ve had five of my own dogs and Fifi will always be The One. Not a day goes by that I don’t think “Fifi this….Fifi that.” Not that I didn’t love my other dogs as they’re all precious, as I know Taz must have been for you.

  5. #5 by thecontentedcrafter on October 25, 2018 - 11:12

    You gave him a good, safe home and let him be who he was – and that is really great, especially for a dog that began life by being dumped out of a car. He showed great character wearing his Christmas hat and giving you the stink eye! 🙂 I love knowing my past pets are all over that bridge somewhere together. And I know that thing about ‘the one’. I’m pretty lucky right now in having a really great cat and a dog that I am (clearly) completely besotted with. Letting either of them go will be hard.

  6. #6 by Hila on October 25, 2018 - 12:31

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. #7 by claire93 on October 25, 2018 - 12:35

    awwwww! Taz had a good long life with you and yours.

  8. #8 by nanacathy2 on October 25, 2018 - 12:50

    So sorry to hear the news. Taz had a good and happy life with you, may he find a new dog to bark at and a fence to patrol.xx

  9. #9 by KerryCan on October 25, 2018 - 14:52

    Oh, I’m so sorry . . . I bet your house feels very empty, even with the other pets all still there.

  10. #10 by M. L. Kappa on October 25, 2018 - 15:32

    Dogs don’t live long enough, do they? Hugs 😢

  11. #11 by craftycreeky on October 25, 2018 - 19:50

    So sorry to hear your news, he had a long and happy life with you and you gave him peace at the end. Hugs x

  12. #12 by anne54 on October 25, 2018 - 23:23

    I too am sorry that Taz is no longer with you. I understand the difficulty of making the right decision. I left it too long for my dog Scobie, who was the ‘one’, because I couldn’t part with him. I should have made the hard decision for his welfare, not mine. Perhaps Taz and Scobie can bark at each other over the fence over the Rainbow Bridge. Hugs.

  13. #13 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on October 25, 2018 - 23:39

    Always a sad and difficult time when that decision needs to be made. My thoughts are with you. X

  14. #14 by mariannasew2pro on October 26, 2018 - 00:21

    Ah, I am so sorry.
    I still remember that first portrait of handsome, elderly Taz (what a great name!) wearing one of your lovely collars. I felt immediately that he was what to me a dog should be: not overbred, with a proper long doggy-nose and teeth that are slightly wolfish! How lucky that you found him and how lucky we all are when we’re share our lives with our pets, we look after them and get so much back.
    Thanks for these other photos too, and for telling us more about him.

  15. #15 by dezertsuz on October 26, 2018 - 05:56

    I’m so sorry. It doesn’t matter if they are THE one or not, it still a loss. I love the picture of the three dogs who are gone – it really looks like they are over there waiting for others to join them, doesn’t it? He had gotten quite gray in the muzzle, so I guess that for a dog, it was a long life – over 90 years, if it’s 7 to 1. I know you will miss him. Your post is quite tender.

  16. #16 by MollyBean on October 26, 2018 - 09:50

    Ahhh I’m so sorry x What a handsome boy. RIP Taz xx

  17. #17 by kathyreeves on October 26, 2018 - 14:22

    He had a great life, and it is just no good watching them suffer, even though it’s hard to let them go. Sending you a hug!

  18. #18 by Kim on October 27, 2018 - 17:49

    That’s very sad. Even when they aren’t ‘ the one’ they are still missed.

  19. #19 by Born To Organize on October 28, 2018 - 02:42

    A beautiful tribute to a unique dog. I love that you gave Taz a happy home, unconditionally and when he needed it most. He lived a good long life and you let him go before he was miserable. It’s never easy. Sending gentle love across the miles. I’m sorry.

  20. #20 by Robin @ Imperial Crochet on October 29, 2018 - 12:01

    My condolences.

  21. #21 by magpiesue on November 11, 2018 - 20:53

    I know precisely what you mean about Taz’s presence in your life. Been there, done that. Still, it’s hard to lose someone you’ve lived with for so long.

    • #22 by tialys on November 14, 2018 - 13:58

      Thank you Sue.
      I’m sorry I’ve not been commenting on your blog lately but, quite a few times, I wrote a big long comment and it disappeared into the ether so I gave up. I’ll try again – Blogger might have decided to let me in again by now.

  22. #23 by korinneo on December 4, 2018 - 09:06

    It’s not easy but we’ll get there. I just recently lost my baby 11/17/18. All that matters now, they’re not in pain anymore and we gave them a wonderfully loving life.

    • #24 by tialys on December 6, 2018 - 11:21

      Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry for your loss – another Taz(z)!! – but it sounds as if you gave him lots of love and what dog could ask for more (well – some food, water and shelter obviously, but you know what I mean).

      • #25 by Korinne on December 6, 2018 - 17:15

        Yeah, I know what you mean 😉
        Thank you.

  23. #26 by Dartmoor Yarns on January 30, 2019 - 15:23

    Hello. I know he wasn’t The Dog, but he always seemed to have bags of character. I know you must all still be missing him heaps. Big hugs and lots of love xx

    • #27 by tialys on January 30, 2019 - 15:55

      It did seem really strange not to see him about the place at first. We seemed to, suddenly, have so much more space. There was definitely a Taz shaped hole in the house and still is but it doesn’t upset me so much now when I glimpse it. I do think having other dogs helped a lot because your routine doesn’t change as much – you still have to walk them, feed them, etc. whereas, when it’s your only dog that goes, it impacts on your life that much more.

      • #28 by Dartmoor Yarns on January 30, 2019 - 18:11

        Glad you’re getting there. You are right, easier when you have other dogs, but bless him Mr Hicks was such high maintenance on the health front we never had the energy to add to him and we definitely needed a break when he moved on.

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