Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Goodbye Wilbur!

Yesterday morning we had to say goodbye to Wilbur.  Crikey even writing those words is hard.

We knew this was coming as he was 11 yr 1month and epileptic.  The seizures we had been managing for the last 2 years finally got the better of us and over the weekend he went into a state of continuous seizure and emergency treatment at first seemed to stabilise him wasn't enough.

It's always hard saying goodbye to a dog and Wilbur was our second Basset and third dog we had to send on his way - there is no getting used to it and I now understand for the first time why people say never again.


It hurts and will hurt for a while but I would not trade the 4yrs 5months of his life that he spent with us since we rescued him from Ash Animal Rescue.


He had a big personality and was tons of fun and I'll miss him.


Pets on Quilts 2017So this year we are taking a break from pets on quilts which starts tomorrow over on Lilypad quilting. 

Wilbur always managed to steal the show and we had tons of fun making a special photo shoot with the dogs. It gave us some of my favourite photos of him. 

Please visit the other quilters celebrating their furry friends.


Goodbye pal, thanks for the slobber, the chewed up sofa, half eaten laundry, the thousands of cuddles,  warm welcomes and wagging tail, happy memories and lots of love.

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  1. My deepest sympathies. I have been where you are three times also. It is never easy. For me the happy memories help overcome the sadness.

    Hugs from me to you and your family.

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    1. Thanks Sherry. I think I have more photos of Wilbur than any other dog so goes to show lots of happy memories to hold onto.

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  2. My heart goes out to you and the whole family, Ruth. I will miss Wilbur and his gregarious personality. I am so glad you had such a lovely time with him and I am sending you all love.

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    1. Thanks a million Yvonne. They all have their own personalities but his was a big wilfully one! He was tons if fun.

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  3. Oh, I am so sorry to hear that. Sounds like you and Wilbur were a match made in heaven. Thinking of you.

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    1. Thanks! There was a bit of a learning curve when we first brought him home and I think he trained us more than the other way around!

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  4. So very sorry to hear about Wilbur. I enjoyed reading about Wilbur. Take care.

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  5. I am so sorry, I know how hard it is. I will keep ya'll in my prayers.

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    1. Thanks Shauna. It's a tough week but worth all the years of love and fun with him as you know yourself.

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  6. As a vet tech who has said goodbye to an uncountable number of animals, I agree that it doesn't get easier. I know any words I could offer won't change anything, but thank you for sharing Wilbur with us. Thank you for celebrating his life as you said goodbye. Good vibes are being sent your way as you find a new normal in the future.

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  7. So very sorry Ruth. He certainly found a great home with wonderful humans. And you had that special guy in your life. It is so hard to say goodbye but I hope all the sweet memories help to get you through the tough times.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. He was in animal rescue for a month and others thought he was too much for them. We didn't even see that just a happy bouncy Basset so we were well met!

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  8. So sorry to hear of Wilbur's passing, he will definitely be a hard act to follow.

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  9. I'm so sorry Ruth, I know he meant a lot for you, but he will always be there in your memories and in the lovely photos.

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    1. I have so many photos Lena and the funniest ones are Wilburs. So happy to have them.

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  10. Oh Ruth: I know this must be so difficult for you loosing such a close friend and companion. I feel like I've gotten to know him over the last couple of years. He seemed like such a ham. I know you will miss him very much and my heart and thoughts are with you.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. He was a character and we were lucky to have him for as long as we did.

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  11. Oh Ruth!!! I am so saddened to hear this, and I grieve with you. Losing a pet is one of the most gut-wrenching things we experience, and only time takes away the tears and sorrow. It has been almost 3 years since we lost our Gypsy after 18-1/2 years together, and I sometimes still want to have a good cry when I think of her. But mostly now I smile and remember her warmth and grace and beautiful green eyes trained on me with such love. Don and I were both shocked a few days ago when I actually called Rocky by her name! We will miss the wonder posts about him, especially now at POQ time. Please know that I am lifting you up in prayer for comfort and peace.

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    1. Thanks so much Teresa. I'm grateful for pets on quilts as it gave us so many wonderful photos and excuse to make a bigger fuss of all of them than we already do.

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  12. So sorry for the loss of your beloved Wilbur; it's always so hard when we have to let a pet go. Clearly he had a good life with your family, and I'm sure you're all missing him terribly. I hope the good memories you have of him live on in your hearts forever.

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  13. Wilbur could not have asked for a more caring home. I have always loved the photos you took of that goofy face. They always made me smile and brightened my day. I am so saddened by this news, Ruth! It is heartbreaking and I am really really sorry.

    -Soma

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    1. Thanks a million Soma. He had a big personality and was a lot of fun. The camera loved him!

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing Wilber with all of us, I feel like I have lost a part of my family. He enjoyed life because of you. Bless all.

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    1. Thanks a million Elizabeth. Im grateful for the Wilbur posts now too as i have lots to remember him by.

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  15. So sorry to hear that. You will be missed of PoQs but we will all remember that wonderful appliqué pcture Lara did for you. I'm sure it has pride of place. Our pet companions are so important to us and really become the backdrop of our home lifes. I hope the ache eases soon but as you know it's a long road. But what a blessing you found each other in the way you did.

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Laras piece hangs above my seeing table in prude of place and I love it to bits. Makes me smile when I look at it!

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    2. iphone typos! that's sewing table and pride of place!

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear you lost Wibur, it doesn't matter how old they are, you just want them to go on forever. I lost my Cavalier Treacle the same way, no history, she just started fitting and they couldn't stop it. You are sad now but filled with happy memories, and what a wonderful life he has had since you found each other.

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  17. Ruth...sending cyber hugs. To loose a pet is just soooo hard. Know you're being thought of.

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    1. Thanks Val, Charly and Maggie are keeping my spirits up but the house seems that bit quieter without Wilbur. He was quite musical and chirped ee u which made me laugh and made Mutley grumbling noises! Terriers are very quiet in comparison only barking at the neighbour's cat or postman!

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  18. Oh, Ruth, I'm so sorry for your loss. Such a sad and painful time. My deepest condolences.

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  19. I'm going to miss seeing his face around here ... he's been here since I "met" you on the new bloggers hop all those years ago ... sending much love to you xxx

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    1. Thanks a million Serena. I was looking for a particular photo of him and couldn't find it and realised it was on the blog, along with so many others - I think I took more photos of him than any other dog we've had. its nice to have that record of him!

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  20. Ruth, my heart breaks to hear that Wilbur has passed. I've always enjoyed reading about Wilbur and seeing that adorable droopy smile with the big sad eyes. It's a face you just want to cover in kisses. The love of a pet is a special gift and a precious bond that we get to carry forever.

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  21. I'm so sorry Ruth, he was such a good boy :(

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    1. Most of the time Kerry! He had bags of personality and was up to much mischief but loveable all at the same time!

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  22. Tish told me about Wilbur and I'm so sorry Ruth. You'd only had him a little over 4 years? Seems like he was with you longer! Oh yes, he gaveyou the best shots for PoQ... LOVE the one of him itching his back and the other two going 'Dude, that's not cool; this is supposed to be formal and serious.' I've had to go through that too many times and it is always heart- and gut-wrenching. May the other two bring you comfort.

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    1. It's funny Sandra it does seem way longer than 4 years! Thanks a million.

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  23. So sorry for your loss. He definitely was a cutie.

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  24. I am so sorry to read this! He was so cute when he was walking around in your house and I am sure he left a million great memories

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