Wednesday, 28 December 2016

28th Dec: Monty's Birthday.


                            

Monty would have been 6 today. Unfortunately congenital illness decided otherwise.

I only ever did this one drawing of him, which no longer exists (damp got to it).

I tend his grave, talk about him sometimes, and we still miss him terribly.

He was a beautiful dog; not popular with certain neighbours, but he didn't hold it against them. He was also quite stubborn at times, but was always loving.

RIP Mont'..... Bok says 'Hi'.



31 comments:

  1. Beautiful drawing. Beautiful dog. You were all lucky to have each other.

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    1. Too short a life, but he enjoyed it.

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    1. He was still just a puppy in my drawing, but grew to be a magnificent specimen.

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  3. I remember him too. He was a good boy.

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    1. And still much missed, although I don't think I'll mention his birthday again after this year.

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  4. Beautiful Monty. I think we all remember him. He loved to eat. I thought of him when I saw yesterday's picture.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Labradors think of little else than eating. Going for a walk was OK, but only if he found something to eat!

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  5. I think that the first time I read your blog you had just lost Monty.
    Years ago, Roger Mugford, the radio vet on the Jimmy Young Show, said that "a Labrador is a life support system for a stomach" ! How true that is, and each one of the five Labs we've had over the past thirty odd years, has lived up to that ! We have been lucky that each of ours has lived to be at least fourteen.

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    1. On reflection I think that Monty had problems from the beginning. He always seemed slightly listless and tired, but did his best to hide it. Poor old boy!

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  6. We never forget the dogs we have owned do we? All mine lie in a line under the trees - I talk to them sometimes if I happen to be near their graves and I still miss every one of them. It is the price we pay for loving dogs

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    1. Monty is buried at Haddock's; my veg garden, so I think of him often. shall pop up in a while and put some flowers there.

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  7. Like Kipling said " you give your heart to a dog to tear"

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  8. A lovely drawing. And a lovely dog. His personality comes through.

    My dad's sister had a Monty. He was a Boxer and all his hair fell out and he had a permanent and strange odour about him, but nevertheless they loved him terribly. They never got another dog after he died.

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    1. Bald, smelly, and still loved; he must have been special.

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  9. The 28th is also Innocents Day, to celebrate (if that's the right word) Herod's massacre of the boys.

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    1. It's marked on my calendar, but I had no idea what it was!

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  10. I like your drawing very much. It surely captures a sweet soul, along with a puppy's profile.

    I certainly remember all the dogs who were part of our family. There are many memories that feature Christmas...perhaps because of the food and general excitement..

    Best wishes.

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    1. He was half way twixt puppy and dog; 11 months old when I drew him. An awkward age for a dog.

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  11. A very beautiful dog - of course you miss him!
    As to being stubborn: the blond Labrador of our neighbour was educated as a lifeguard - he was so eager to save you that one had to be on your guard when walling at the bank of the Elbe...

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    1. Our present dog is mostly Border Collie, and even without training he will start to round up anything that moves.

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  12. I'm so, so sorry. Now words can ever cover the depth of the loss of one's pet. I'm a cat person, having had them all my life, including 16 years of breeding Siamese. After that I went to just loving moggies (they're the best) But now I desperately want to have a rescue cat my DH won't hear of it He said I was too distraught by the loss )of my last cat. (He was kicked by a horse, but that was about 15 years ago. I am virtually housebound with MS and a cat would be an enormous comfort to me. We have an enormous garden, live in a 3 bungalow culdesac, and we are surrounded by farmland, so there is no dangerous traffic around, but he won't budge, even though my son is looking after a nine month old that desperately needs a home. I just feel so helpless. Am I being silly? I respect your opinion

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    1. Our cat tends to look after himself. Of course I feed him once a day, and make sure he has plenty of clean water, but otherwise he goes about his own business of sleeping and mouse catching. I too have had cats all my life, and a house in the country without one is unimaginable. If you have a cat flap, I see no problem.

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    2. By the way, ours is a Tabby.

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    3. Oh Lesley I am so unhappy to read this.
      You didn't ask my advice but if your doctor OKs this I can't see why not. It would be really nice for you.

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