Thursday, 19 May 2011

The park will never be quite the same...

Most days when I go for my walk in Duthie Park I run into the the 'Early Morning Gang'.

This was them on Tuesday morning, when, for once, Gail remembered to bring her camera.
Dogs left to right: Chip, Monty, Milo, Bertie, Rory
I normally stop to greet everybody, and cadge a treat off Rory's affectionate and generous owner, Sheila.

Then, having said my hellos, I race on ahead, 'cos, frankly, they are all a bit slow for me.

Well this morning (Thursday) something seemed wrong.

Rory usually greets me with a gruff, friendly bark. But I couldn't see him anywhere.

Then Sheila came up to Gail and I overheard the following:

"Sorry, I hope you don't mind me asking, but could I possibly have a copy of some of those photos you took of the dogs a couple of days ago?"

"Yes of course, no problem" replied Gail, still not quite getting it.

"You see I lost Rory on Tuesday night. He was very old you know and he suddenly went downhill badly. It was his time to go...."

Sheila was being so brave and stoical, still out walking with her friends.

Here are a couple of the photos that Gail is going to print out and give her.


  1. What a sad thing to happen . How wonderful you had some photos .

  2. What a very sad time for Bertie's hoomans. It sounds like you were a pawsome furiend to Bertie.

    Congrats to Bertie's Long and loved life!

    Gail is one special cookie!

    woo woos, Tessa

  3. Oh Bertie, we are sad to read abour your dear friend Rory. We think his human is trying to be very brave on the outside but it is very hard for them.
    We are so pleased that Gail had some pictures from your morning walks.
    Rory looked like a dear old fellow, we are glad he tolerated your youthful exuberance. That tells us he was a dog with a good heart.
    You must give our love to Sheila and make sure you give her extra licks - and not just for the treats.
    Much love
    Aunties Martha and Bailey xxx

  4. Rory's mum will be so comforted by the pictures that Gail is printing of him. I am sooooo sorry to hear that his time had come. He must have had a wonderful LOVE filled life.
    Please send his mum some Love from Me.

    You and Gail are so very caring and thoughtful.

  5. Poor Rory and poor Sheila. Good for her coming out for a walk and great that you had such recent photos.

  6. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about Rory. I know it is tough to loose good friends. Comfort wishes being sent to your family and to Rory's mom too.

    Jazzi and Addy

  7. It's a great thing you have some photos of Rory. Her family must miss her so terribly.

  8. Please tell Rory's mom thatm even though we didnlt know him, we mourn his passing and are sorry for the sadness she is feeling.

    Good pals are to be cherished!!!

    Wirey love,

    Jake and Just Harry

  9. We're so sorry to hear about your friend Rory. He was so fortunate to live with a great lady like Sheila.

    We've never heard of an Aberdeen Angus before, but they sure do look a lot like ours - we'd love to think ours were Aberdeens just because we're Scottish and we'd love to have Scottish cows - we might start calling them that anyway. We're thinking about integrating the belted Galloway into our herd.

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Ruairi and The Sweet Babes

  10. Bertie, we just read your comment on our blog and we felt we must warn you about swans!
    They are very very bad tempered - when you bark at them they spread out their huge wings and hiss most alarmingly!
    We urge you, as your Aunties, to never ever bark at a swan!
    Your Auntie Martha is learning the hard way........!

  11. Very sad. See Gail should have her camera more often! You never know when pictures will be needed.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  12. This is so very sad. I'm glad she will have the pictures to treasure but I know that the loss will leave an empty spot in her heart.


  13. We are so sorry Bertie. He is just visiting Hamish
    Benny & Lily

  14. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Rory. Please give his mom an extra lean from us.

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  15. It was very good of Sheila to continue walking with her friends. Otherwise people get worried when someone drops out. I am very happy you had the photos for her, I know how much that can mean.


  16. Oh Bewtie
    I am so sowwy that youw good fwiend had to cwoss the bwidge.He looked like a fine fellow and a good fwiend..Pleez give his Mom some of my sympafy smoochies.
    I hate change!!!
    sad smoochie kisses

  17. Bertie, maybe you need to ask Sheila if you can come for a visit or she can come visit you. Our staff says that Sheila appreciate your special attention and antics.

  18. hey Bertie,

    *sniffle...What a sad story. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend Rory. He sure was a beautiful dog. My heart aches for his owner, Sheila. So very sad, and how amazing she was so stoic about it. I think that is what touched me and my human most; really brought tears to our eyes.

    It is wonderful that Gail had her camera and is able to give Sheila some photos. They are very sweet photos, and I am sure it will bring much comfort to Sheila. And I am sure Sheila will also get comfort on her morning walks when you go up to her with your tail wags and love!


  19. Sorry to hear the news of your friend going to the bridge, please past on our condolences.
    George and Jan xxx

  20. We are also so sad to learn of the loss of your friend, Rory. He sounds like a fine old gentleman and we know he will be greatly missed. His human will indeed need lots of surrogate doggie snuggles while she mourns. And we're so glad Gail has some lovely photos as momentos for Sheila.

    Jed & Abby

  21. Oh, poor Rory and poor Sheila. I'm sure it will bring her some comfort to have a few photos of her dear friend.


  22. So sorry about your friend Bertie, and for Sheila too. Peoples find it so hard to cope with out us so make sure you let her pat you a few extra times. She will need a good doggy head to help her get through her loss.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  23. Many condolences to Sheila on her loss. I hope the photos bring comfort.

  24. Oh no! What a sad post.

    We're working backwards ... and Moma saw the pictures of Rory as we were scrolling to the top of the post. She said out loud, "What a cool dog! I hope we find out more about him!" We never would have guessed what it was that we would learn.

    It's so hard to lose a beloved pet. We know Sheila must be aching something terrible. We're so glad that Gail has the pictures to share with her.

    Jake and Fergi and OurMoma