RIP Ted and Poppy

Charles Cowling

New-collar

 

It’s been a tough few days here at HQ, to be honest. Ted, our faithful, faulty bull terrier was put down on Wednesday morning. He had lymphoma.

Ted was rescued from Essex where he had been brutally treated. Thereafter, it was difficult to know which of his eccentric/dysfunctional traits to assign to nature and which to nurture. Always a dog of very low self-esteem, he also had the uproarious sense of humour common to bullys (other delightful traits include complete untrainability) and, while gentle as can be most of the time, he had a hilarious penchant for nipping people’s backsides. He got to know a good many undertakers and was one of the country’s leading experts on natural burial grounds (from a particular point of view).

Some years ago he went to see the team at Arka, where he met Jean Francis’s golden labrador, Poppy. The two of them chased each other round and round the office and nearly wrecked it while Jean and I collapsed in laughter.

jeanandpoppy

Poppy died just a few weeks ago, so Jean and I have been exchanging condolences. We both agree that it’s much easier to be sensible when humans die. 

Jean sent me the following poem. If you’re a sensible sort, you may think it thoroughly sentimental. Well, Jean and I don’t. 

The Rainbow Bridge Poem

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old, are restored to health and vigour. Those who were hurt, or maimed are made whole and strong again. Just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing. They each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together…but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers.

Suddenly…he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster, and faster.

You have been spotted.

When you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face. Your hands again caress the beloved head. You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then… you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

 

Dogs

 

 

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Jenny Uzzell
7 years ago

Just read this, Charles. So sorry.

Ariadne
Ariadne
7 years ago

A Dog’s Life By Daniel Groves A stay of execution: one last day, your day, old Everydog, then, as they say, or as we say (a new trick to avoid finalities implicit in destroyed), you have to be put down, or put to sleep— the very dog who, once, would fight to keep from putting down, despite our shouts, a shoe until he gnawed it to the sole, and who would sit up, through our sleepless nights, to bark away some menace looming in the dark. Can you pick up the sense of all this talk? Or do you still… Read more »

Jed
Jed
7 years ago
Reply to  Ariadne

How brilliantly beautifully true is this Daniel Groves poem? Thank you Ariadne.

Ariadne
Ariadne
7 years ago

Oh oh oh the cruel missing of the sound of paws on floors. The missing of the nose poked round a door. The missing of the weight on the bed.

So sorry re Ted and Poppy.

Love x

Rev. Amy
7 years ago

So sorry for your losses, Jean and Charles. Charles, thank you for taking excellent care of an abused animal, and giving him a second chance!

Nick Gandon
7 years ago

I recall a reading (not quite a play) that I’ve heard on the radio a couple of times over the years about an elderly man, living alone in a small cottage. His only companion was his dog – a faithful hound of advancing years itself. The day came when a visit from the vet found the elderly man on his own once more. Weeks passed, then one day the old chap woke up from his doze in his favourite chair. His felt strangely refreshed. He stood up and stretched his arms and legs. The pain he usually felt when he… Read more »

Kitty
Kitty
7 years ago
Reply to  Nick Gandon

Nick – this would be perfect for the funeral of someone who loved dogs. If you could find someone who could read it without sobbing!

Tracey warren
7 years ago

There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. Buy a pup and your money will buy Love unflinching that cannot lie — Perfect passion and worship fed By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head. Nevertheless it is hardly fair To risk your heart for a dog to tear. When the fourteen years which Nature permits… Read more »

Quokkagirl
Quokkagirl
7 years ago

Rest in peace Ted. So sorry to hear the news Chas. Thinking of you, mourning with you. And yes, it’s so much easier to be sensible when the deceased is human.

Sending love xxxxxxxxxxx

Richard
Richard
7 years ago

Sorry to hear this news. Lovely description of the dogs at play and Ted’s character.

Mike Kelly
7 years ago

You could carry your beloved pets with you forever – in the form of a diamond made from just 100gms of ashes or 15gms of fur

Susan Morris
7 years ago

Dear Charles, I am so sorry to hear about Ted and also Poppy for Jean . How sad. Susan x