Today is my Great-Grandpaw's one year deathiversary.
He was the reason my Mum got me in the first place. Aparently he used to rave a lot about Labradors! He had a golden Labrador himself - her name was Tess - but I don't have a photo of her to share with everyone today unfortunately. I hear she was a very good doggy and loved my Great-Grandpaw too, so she is definately worth a mention here.
He came with my Mum when she chose me and took me home! So we had a furry special bond! When I used to visit Great-Grandpaw's place he would always have treats and pats for me... always.
Me and Mum spent lots of time with Great-Grandpaw when his health was slipping away from him. The other people said that the dog (being ME) had to stay outside, but Mum snuck me in so that I could be with my Great-Grandpaw. I would not dare be naughty cos I knew how frail and fragile he was, so I just sat around and occassionaly went over for some pats by putting my head on Great-Grandpaw's lap so he could reach me easily.
The night before Great-Grandpaw died, we stayed on the couch all night long, making my Grandma and my aunty and uncles coffee's and being there for them... I snoozed a lot but was alert to every sound. Grandma and my aunty were with my Great-Grandpaw all night long, holding his hands and being there fur him.
The next morning, Mum and I left to go and have a quick snooze and to get me something to eat. We quickly returned just in case Great-Grandpaw would slip away while we weren't there.
Great-Grandpaw slipped away later that morning (16 April 2009) surrounded by all the family.
Here are a few shots of my Great-Grandpaw:
Just a boy
On his wedding day
Trying his hand at goat farming and failing miserably
Chasing my Mum around a tree when she was a spring bean at Great-Grandpaws home
Out fur an enjoyable meal with the family
I'm sure my Great-Grandpaw is having a fantastical time wherever he is, whether he is dancing the night away with Great-Grandma or having a quiet whiskey and water while watching the evening news. He is super missed by me and my Mum and will always be remembered!
Missing my Great-Grandpaw