An Unexpected Goodbye…..


I wrote and scheduled this morning Spring Walk post on Wednesday. What I didn’t know or expect, that it would be Busters last walk and that the following day I would be saying goodbye to Buster for the very last time.

He did seem unusually tiered on Wednesday and Thursday an even bigger change, just so lethargic and disinterested, not aware of his surroundings.

After various Blood Test the Vet told us that his Kidneys had just about failed.

So after much heartache we had to make that decision that no one wants to make….   It was very peaceful.

Buster was a very young dog despite being nearly 16. He was with me everywhere, even has a Chair of his own in my Office….. it seems terribly empty this morning.


RIP Buster you will always be missed.  Goodbye my Pal

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

31st March

(C) David Oakes 2023

20 thoughts on “An Unexpected Goodbye…..

  1. I am so terribly sorry. He was beautiful and I looked forward to every photo you posted. So sorry. It’s such a loss. I wish I had words to help the heartache you must feel. He was well loved and will be missed so very much. Thinking about you and sending you hugs.

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  2. What a lovely and loving tribute to your dear Buster. I am sorry for your loss. May all who knew and loved Buster find his memory a blessing. Be gentle and kind to yourselves as long as you need, as long as it takes.

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  3. Hug and condolences on Buster’s passing.

    As an end term kidney disease patient who is on dialysis, I know Buster would have suffered great pain, difficulty breathing and moving when the kidney failure set in. It is frightening to experience, and surely worse for Buster.

    Please know, since dialysis isn’t available for pets, that Buster got the most loving solution to his medical issues. I still give you virtual hugs because it had to have been the hardest decision you ever had to make.

    RIP Buster. You were much loved.

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    1. I know we did the best for Buster, though it still doesn’t seem quite right, even though it was a gentle end and peaceful whilst I held him. He hadn’t shown the pain, so his problem had been there for a while, a stoic little lad. Thank you for your message and I do hope that your care makes your situation as bearable as is possible. God Bless.


  4. Oh no! I’ve been offline for a few days because we had family here and just read this now. My heart is so sad for you and your wife over losing Buster. What a good and faithful companion he was to you. I’m going to miss seeing him in your photos. May God give you comfort and peace as you feel the void that was once filled with Buster.

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