Thursday, November 26, 2009

A sad day

Yesterday was a very sad day. After a year long struggle with chronic renal failure, Ch. Castlewood WhyaskWhy at Surry crossed the rainbow bridge. She was 14 years old and remained alert with a strong heart right up to the end.

I knew that this day was going to come but still wasn't prepared. As we took our final walk in the morning, she came right along with me. But renal failure had taken its toll (I'll write about this in a later post).

Tilly was quite the girl. I remember her as the boldest and baddest of the puppies that Gina Cheatham and Robin Moody had from their breeding of Ch. Sumo's Ahoy All Decked Out CD to Can. Ch. Ranbourne This Bud's For You. She bossed everyone from the time she was able to crawl. Tilly became my first BISS winner and produced BISS winners herself. Her son Ch. Surry's Brick in the Wall became a BIS winner which is infrequent in the Labrador world.

Yesterday was filled with a lot of tears, but today I am grateful to have had her in my life. She opened up doors to friendships, taught me that patience is a virtue and that dogs can be stubborn as mules. She was a grand old girl.

Rest in peace Tilly. I'll see you on the other side.


Anonymous said...

Tilly will find many family members across the bridge and meet some new friends including Samantha, Gypsy, Amber, Reva and Pascal. We hope it is a long time before Mia and Gracie join her.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Elizabeth

I was saddened to learn your Tilly,
Great, Great Paternal Grandmother to Surry's Talk of the Town is Tweedle has left us. I know she is well again, and playing and bossing all the youngsters to do what is expected of them...
Tilly was one of a kind...A Grand ole gal...She will be missed. I remember when I first saw her pic and noticed her great topline, I was in awe of how beautiful she was..She will always be Tillie The Great Great Grandam...

With Love and Blessings
Stacey and Tweedle

Lisa McLain said...

I was so sad to Read of Tilly's passing. But I know what a wonderful life she had with you. I also know sometimes the greatest gift we give our pets is knowing when to let go. Your in our thoughts.
Lisa , Ricky , Maggie and Raison.

Indigo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Tilly's passing dear friend. She had a wonderful life filled with love and comfort. It's all they ever ask for. Your in my thoughts! (Hugs)Indigo

Anonymous said...

Saddened to recently hear of Tilly's death.
May she rest in peace.

Surry's Fleeting Glimpse and family.