Monday, 7 October 2013

Sad news from the Oilman

I have some very sad news to tell you this morning. 

You remember a couple of weeks ago when Gail and I went for a windy walk with her friend the Oilman and his Westie Lucy and we left Lucy's companion Florrie, also a Westie, at home? Well, although thirteen year old Florrie was no longer up to hillwalking, she seemed that day to be quite well and still enjoying life. But Oilman has now reported that dear Florrie passed away peacefully last Tuesday.
Florrie in her prime

Florrie was a frequent walking companion of my predecessor Hamish the Westie, and they stayed with each other a few times as well. Florrie and Lucy had recently been living in Guernsey while Oilman was away in Yemen and their thrilling trip back to Scotland by private plane was described on my blog last year. 

Although we will all miss Florrie, I do hope that her best friend Lucy will continue to be one of my walking girlfriends for a long time to come.

PS from Gail: I am remembering, with fond sadness, the first meeting between Hamish, then four years old, and brand new puppy Florrie. I never saw Hamish run away so fast as when wee Florrie attempted to latch on to him as her missing mother substitute. Hamish most definitely did not want to know... Fortunately, over the course of many enjoyable adventures in the hills of Aberdeenshire and beyond, a degree of mutual tolerance and respect was established.


  1. Such a lovely girl and we know she will be missed by her family!


  2. It's so sad when Bridge time comes. She sounds like quite a character from the word go.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. We agree that is very sad but we know Florrie is running free and fast over the rainbow bridge. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. We are so very sorry to hear about your furend Florrie. Please send our love on to her family.

    Run free sweetie!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  5. Hari OM
    Loss of a friend is never easy. Next time you walk out Bertie, you must bounce a few times just for Florrie's memory! This will help you too.

    Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  6. Oh dear, what a happy memory and what sadness to say goodbye. Run free, little terrier.

  7. Angel Florrie and Angel Hamish are playing together again.

  8. Oilman, Lucy, Gail and Bertie we are so very very sorry to read of Florrie's passing. Bless her sweet Westie heart and we are VERY sure Hamish was waiting to greet her. Thank you for sharing the story of their first meeting it gave us a little smile.

    Run free Florrie may gentle breezes be at your back
    Hugs madi and Mom

  9. We are saddened to hear about the loss of your friend. We know Florrie will live in your heart forever. Hugs, Lee and Phod

  10. My deepest sympathy to the Oilman and all who love Florrie. Farewell, beautiful Florrie.

  11. We are so sorry to hear about Miss Florrie. She and Hamish are having lots of fun together again.

    Millie & Walter

  12. This is such sad news. Florie was such a beauty

    urban hounds

  13. So sorry to hear bout your friend Florrie. She was a cutie and our hearts to out to the Oilman.

    Jazzi and Addi

  14. Oh no, so sorry to hear about Florrie. What sad news.

  15. So sad. Run free sweetie
    Benny & Lily

  16. So sorry to hear about Florrie. Run free, beautiful girl.

  17. Run free, dear Florrie.

    Edgar and his mum

  18. Howdy Bertie, sorry to hear about your little mate Florrie. Run free little girl.
    No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  19. I am really so sorry to hear about little Florrie. She will definitely leave a big gap here, but I am sure will be welcomed with much barking and enthusiasm by Hamish, Max, Toffee and the many other furry-friends across the rainbow bridge.
    Please send our condolences to the Oil Man.
    With love

  20. Thanks to Bertie (& Gail) for that lovely post and for all the comments I really appreciate.
    Florrie paid me 13 years of canine devotion and gave me so much joy and pleasure in her company.
    I think about her every day & will always miss her.

  21. We're so sorry to hear about poor Florrie. She looked very lovely, it's a shame you've lost a good friend, Bertie. I'm sure you'll have many more great walks to come with Lucy though.