Sunday, January 14, 2007

Goodbye Old Friend

We had to say good-bye this past Monday to our old cousin Nathan; it was very sad. On Sunday night Mom decided to let him sleep on his favorite doggie bed in the den instead of going into the pen in the laundry room with Clancy for the night. She pulled out the roll-away couch and she and I slept on that while Nathan laid on his bed. It was his last night and she wanted to be near him. Mom didn't sleep well.

So Mom got Nathan ready, and after lunch on Monday, Linda came by and the rest of us came running to the door to say hi to her. We were all born at her house and some of us came to Mom's house a few years later, but Josie and I came to Mom when we were tiny babies. Nathan did too.

They put us back in the laundry room in our pens and took Nathan away, all wrapped up in a blanket and doggie bed, very sickly. That was the last we saw of him. It seems like someone is missing in the house now, but we are doing our best to make her love us more.

He was very old -- sixteen years and 5 months. That's more than 3 times my age! He showed me how to go through a 9-inch above-ground Earthdog practice tunnel when I was only 11 weeks old. He was always making sure we behaved ourselves, and when Josie and I would play too rough, he'd get inbetween us and bark at us really loud! He said he was the first Bedlington to earn the Master Earthdog title which is only for terriers. My mom Clancy and I also have Master Earthdog titles -- Earthdogging is fun! Josie and Emmy do it too but they're not as far along as we are. He used to say he and his old buddy (my grandpa) Joey were Mom's favorite dogs in the whole wide world. I think he was bragging a bit! Nathan was Mom's best buddy 'way before I came along. Doesn't she know I'm her best buddy now? She needs a lot of cheering up. Now she has a pretty green jar with Nathan's old collar and tags on it in the den where we watch TV . Hmmm.. wonder what that is. That seems silly, but what do I know about these things?

We would have a picture for you to look at today, but Mom can't figure out what is going on now that the computer is back online. Blogger won't upload a picture for us! It worked once and then nothing. Oh poo! No pictures of anybody this time.

I'll have another story for later -- class started last week at the agility place and I had so much fun!

Love
Rudy

5 comments:

Butchy & Snickers said...

Oh Rudy,
We are so sorry about Nathan. Makes Mama cry. You have to just keep telling your Mama that he is in the best place now and probably teaching the other doggies agility, hehehe! In fact, he probably already met Mama's other doggies, Jake, Jade, Jack and Eddie. Take care of your Mama now and be sure to be her best buddy!!!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

Goodbye Nathan, you were well loved.

Bussie Kissies
Buster

Zach said...

Gosh Rudy - I'm sorry that you lost your uncle. He was a really old dude though and I bet he had a great life! Give your Mom some kisses for me please.

Isabella said...

Hey Rudy- we are so sorry about the loss of Nathan. Linda has her Rusy's ashes in an urn that sets on her bedside table and she still gets teary when she talks about him. It's nice to know that our humans don't forget about us when we are gone. I hope you are being extra sweet to your mom and keeping her busy with fun stuff.
Big Wags,
Isabella

hana said...

Rudy, I am glad that you are back to blogging, however we are so sorry to hear of your family's loss. I am sure Nathan had a good life with you and your family. He was well loved.