8.12.14

Hold on tightly let go lightly


I have tried to write this post so many times and failed.

The Hound passed away last week, he became very poorly very quickly, and i had to make the decision that was right for him but is haunting me.

I had a day off today, which it turns out is entirely the wrong thing to do, so it is back to the 18 hour days of wreaths and trees and weddings. Distraction.

Thank you to the staff at Stamford Veterinary Centre, and to everybody that has mopped up my tears, so often with their own.

I am so lost without him.




33 comments:

Amelia said...

I found out last week through Jane's (Small but Charming) blog, went on Instagram and tried to comment but I don't have an account. So here we are, I started my blog during a very hard time inspired by you and The Hound, my hound and I are heartbroken at this news, obviously not as much as you are. I made the decision you are referring to almost ten years ago and it will haunt me forever, hopefully I will not have to do that again but it is what we must do.You gave him a beautiful life, he was lucky to have you as you him. I am very sorry for your loss.

Bow Street Flowers said...

Aw, Miss P. This is heartbreaking. So many of your followers have been faced with the same decision.
There is never going to be anyone just like the Hound, but you'll find space in your heart one day for a new love. But not yet.

Donatella said...

Thank you for the beautiful picture of The Hound. I love seeing pictures of him. Please post more if it helps you get through this. It is so hard to let go of your companion, but you made the right choice. You are loved.

flwrjane said...

Oh Miss P, the world's heart broke when we heard the news.
There were tears shed round the world.

Keep busy, only time will help and you have to give time, time,

Until then, please accept my heartfelt condolences.

As always you are a brave woman.

xo J

Anonymous said...

So, so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful boy he was - and so lucky to have an owner like you. I, too, lost my 'hound,' a Great Dane, a few years ago. I've never gotten over her, but I did learn to love again! Thinking of you and sending you light and love in this difficult time.

www.chiaradiack.wordpress.com said...

Beautiful hound. I am so sorry

Jen said...

I'm sorry---I low how hard that is. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Jen Hinson said...

I am so sorry, Miss P.

K Fryett said...

I felt for you when I saw your instagram post. I found you via The Hounds blog man years ago. I too know how awful it is to set free your companion. We can never have them in our lives for long enough. The knowledge that you gave them the best life possible and could ease their suffering when needed is a comfort. But missing them is the worst. You are not alone.x

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you. What wonderful times you both had. What would have happened if you had never met? You are so lucky to have been in each others lives and loved each other.

Anna Wilson-Patterson said...

Love to you and to The Hound's spirit. Such shocking sad news x

My Life of Domestic Bliss said...

In my thoughts and prayers ...
Lisa

Julia P. said...

So Sorry, Miss P. ... know how that feels and it sucks! x

Anonymous said...

He was beautiful and had a wonderful life. I'll miss him too. Hard to say goodbye to those we love.

Anonymous said...

So very sorry to hear your news, Miss P. The hound was (and always will be) a handsome dog and a loyal friend to you.

Anyone who's lost a dog knows how extraordinarily painful it is; when we lost our black lab Georgie five years ago, I cried for a fortnight and my parents still can't bring themselves to have another dog.

In these situations there's very little anyone can say to make you feel any better; all you want is to have them back by your side and to never leave.

But it does get easier, bit by bit, and you must take comfort from the knowledge that the hound was universally adored and had the most caring, devoted owner a dog could wish to have.

Sincere condolences and huge hugs - rally your readers if you need us, we will help in any way we can :-)

Lara xxx

Elizabeth. said...

Oh Miss P, doggies are our best friends and we miss them so much when they go. Thank you for all the lovely pics and stories, I shall miss that. A big virtual hug to you, x x

Anonymous said...

I am just a fan of the blog, never met you or him but am sat here in tears.

So sorry to hear this terrible news.

Be brave.

Hugs.

x

Anonymous said...

Miss P. I am so sorry x

flowers on my table said...

So very sorry, such a lovely dog. Love lINDA X

flowers on my table said...

So very sorry, such a lovely dog. Love Linda x

Anonymous said...

So sorry, Miss P to hear about The Hound. I love your blog, and enjoyed reading about his antics. One of my favourite pics of him was with his Christmassy collar - he looked so rakish. He had a lovely home with you - never had a runaway Hound landed so well on his paws. So hard to lose the ones we love.
Kindest wishes, Stella T

Terri said...

I know you are just heartbroken. They say time will heal all wounds, but I've found sometimes it just isn't true. I do hope you'll eventually allow another dog into your life.

Anonymous said...

I'm so so sorry for your loss. Tears and love to you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Miss Pickering,

I am so sorry to hear the news about your beautiful baby. In all the blogs you shared with us, writing about him, you could feel all the love there was between the two of you --and that never makes it any easier to say goodbye.
Love and Hugs to you,
Sabrina in Port Townsend

Gail, northern California said...

So very, very difficult...made even more so because you were together 24/7. There really are no words.

Anonymous said...

So, so sorry. What a beautiful soul. May his presence find you when you most need him.

Happy Homebird said...

So, so sorry. I've followed for such a long time and had become so in love with the beautiful bond that you both have. Our doggy companions. I lost one of my dogs a couple of years back and the pain is still raw, still haunted but you know when it is time, as a dog lover, you just know. May his spirit be as free as scattered rose petals over the rainbow bridge and I send you heart healing love. xx

Anonymous said...

This morning I thought I would take a peak and see what dear Miss Pickering had been up to in December and now I am sitting tearful and so sorry for your loss...

FromConstancetoMary said...

Oh no I have just done the same as Anonymous on 29 Dec and am so sad. Me and Watson loved reading the hounds stories. Hugs to you. Amanda x

Anonymous said...

Yet another who finally has five minutes to catch up with Miss P and The Hound. I'm sat here with tears rolling.
So very, very sad. Sending you much love x

Anonymous said...

Only just seen this, I am so ver sorry to read this post, heartbreaking for you. My lovely old Springer Spaniel is " getting on" and I simply dread the day he is no longer with me. Big hug x

Kate@The Gorgeous Flower Company said...

Just seen this post and am so sorry, he was very beautiful and had such character, I really enjoyed reading about his adventures. You are lucky to have had him as a companion and vice versa! Better to have loved and lost than never loved at all.

JuLee Reeves said...


So hard to lose our precious animals but I believe there is a reunion to look forward to. Each day, I miss mine who have passed on but we have to remember we did our best for them, even on the last day they were in our life. He (and the others before him and those to come after) are in a good place - happy and well, and will be waiting for you at the bridge when it is time to help you cross over.
Wed. Sept 26, 2012 - my favorite post by the Hound. As a cat lover and dog lover, this post was so cute and hit home for me. The cat even looks a lot like my Noguchi.