Sunday, 29 January 2012

Archibald Simons 10/11/08 – 26/1/12

Archie passed away on what is now known as the worst Australia day ever. He was only three.
His passing was sudden and unexpected. I was holding off his 100th post because it was Puppy Day on the 21st but on Friday night he seemed to have a bad tummy ache, Archie did sometimes get tummy aches, and the next morning he was still bad so I thought I’d put off the post till he got better so it wasn’t a ‘he’s really sick’ post but a happier ‘he’s better now!’ post. He got worse until he couldn’t use his back legs, we didn’t know what was happening.

Mum called the vet when she, dad & Vickie came home from the city that night. He said it sounded like a slip-disc and we all breathed a sigh of relief (Amy and I thought he was going to die any second). He was in pain sometimes then seemed to settle.

I was happy (after being dismayed) he was at the vet where they were taking care of him. Still worried, I got scared every day we rung the vet. He was getting better, raising his head. Then we were told he had some internal bleeding and the next day he died. What exactly killed him, I don’t know, but he went peacefully, he was sitting there, started to lower his head then lay and passed away. We were all thrown into grief and I couldn’t believe it.

It’s started sinking in now but sorrow still clings to the household and will for some time. I miss him terribly and wish he was here.
But I don’t want to leave what has turned out to be a great collection of memories like this. Archie’s memory will not always be cloaked in grief so neither should this blog. I’m so happy we have these memories and that we got to have him at all because he was perfect. There are a few memories to add to complete this collection; over the next week or month we will share them here.

It was hard to tell this news, so the posts will happen as we feel up to doing them.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Archie's song #1

This is the chore that never ends,
it just goes on and on my friends.
Some people started brushing him one day not really knowing why
and they'll by brushing him forever just because

Saturday, 7 January 2012

What Archie got for Chrsitmas

Archie was gifted many things this year, mostly from Janet (his carer when we're away).

First Amy and I gave him a haircut as the salon cancelled and we didn't want him to overheat. I think we did really well and he looks scruffy but adorable...others thought he looked funny. It's been a couple of weeks and I think everyone thinks he looks good now, whether that's because he's grown out a bit or they're used to him, who knows.

Janet gave us this awesome super absorbent towel! More a gift for us than Archie (bath time isn't his favourite) but it benefits him.

A pedometer! He has worn it once and I'm sure we'll get it out for fun every now and again.

Lastly,on christmas day Janet bought Archie some kind of liver sausage wrapped up for him to open.
A very lucky puppy, indeed!

Friday, 6 January 2012

happy new year!

Dear People,

I had such a great christmas! My people left and I missed them but Janet came to see me and gave me a presents. Then my 8 favourite people came home and I danced around for them. They like that.

I have lots of goals this year Kathryn says. I'm not sure what she means but she says I'll enjoy learning more tricks.

They took down the big glitter thing also, Kathryn says this means the end of Christmas. Now it is another year and I will soon have been with my family for 4 years.

lots of licks, pats and cuddles,

P.S. here is me in my Christmas costume