memories of Oscar
We lost a special friend today
the kind you can't replace,
and looking at his empty bed
We still can see his smiling face.
We see the endless energy
the sparkling puppy eyes,
Not the tired, fragile friend
we had to bid goodbye.
We know he's in a special place
our Lord has for such friends,
Where meadows, fields & flowers
help make them strong and whole again.
We will remember how he'd run to us
to play his favorite puppy game,
And how his ears would perk right up
When he heard us call his name.
And we all aged and grew,
we found him often slowing down
But we had still so much to do.
We have noticed in the recent times
His ears were not as sharp,
Where is that running ball of fur
The years have shown their mark.
He started sleeping next to us
Was this his special clue,
Because he felt the end was near
We certainly feel that it was very true
Our Oscar was a special boy
We know he gave his best,
But as we looked deep into his eyes
we knew it was the time for him to rest.
It will truly be a struggle
we don't know how we will face each day,
we have to let him go - we know
But in our hearts he'll always stay.
This special place our Lord has made
Health and strength, wait for him there,
So with our very special friend
we are sending all our prayers.
For we know he's watching over us
and he'll be with us when we cry,
So with one more kiss on his beloved head
we told our darling boy
above: when Oscar was just a tiny little puppy
Yes, Oscar is a fighter, his true name is Sugar Ray Robinson (one of the great boxers of all time [1921-1989]) and as with all four puppies, they were named after a famous 'fighter'.
above: in 2002, he used Pokey when he needed some extra height to see outside the motorhome
We brought him home to Ballan on 23 March.
One of his favourite things to do was "get in the car". It was such a novelty for him to be able to travel around and he loved it. The minute we picked up the keys, he was waiting at the front door!
On Sunday (20 May) he was chasing the Magpies outside, on Monday (21 May) he traveled with us in the car to Bendigo for the day. On Monday evening his breathing became erratic and through the course of the night we realised his time was coming to an end.
Yesterday (22 May) he really struggled with his breathing, one minute hyperventilating and the next 'shallow breathing'. I was too selfish to take him to the vet after what we went though with Pokey, but at 3.15am this morning while I was nursing him in the lounge ..... I knew we had no choice but to call the vet as soon as we got up.
we all loved you so much