Monday, May 31, 2010

Rest in Peace, Dudley....


Our very difficult winter - illness, flooding from the severe winter storms, downed trees - is finally behind us but the sad news continues.

At 6:43 AM, our beautiful German Shepherd, Mister Dudley, passed away at the age of 12 years and 5 months after a long struggle with inflammatory bowel disease, perianal fistulas, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, pancreatic failure, and degenerative myelopathy.

His playful antics and perfect imitations of fire and ambulance sirens will be deeply missed.

This picture was taken two weeks ago. He was the fabulous big brother to Emily, Toughie, Katie, and Elizabeth.

The bottom two pictures were taken in December, when Katie was 3 months old. Dudley showed such patience with her!

We're going to miss you, Big Guy.

6 comments:

Sylvana said...

So sorry to hear about Dudley. He looks like he had a big heart.

Cathy said...

Thanks so much, Sylvana. Yes, he really did.... he was fabuloous with the other dogs - patient and gentle and kept them in line! And he was such a joy, an incredible soul. He lived a good long life and we were blessed to share it for more than 12 years.

Kathy said...

Cathy, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dudley!

Fran said...

My heart aches for you in the loss of your beautiful dog. I know what it feels like to lose a beloved pet.

Cathy said...

Thanks, Cathy and Fran. We are finally at the point where we can laugh again about some of his antics. He was definitely a dog who had an opinion and was very willing to share it! But such a love.... and the little dogs miss him so.

sherryocala said...

Cathy and Steve, we had a Big Guy, too. Pepper, the black Standard Poodle, who had a stroke a year ago last April and became paralyzed in all four legs at the age of 14. It was just so awful to have to put him to sleep. I know your sadness and loss. DH and I relished our deliberate and tearful conversations about Pepper for months and months. They were balm for the pain. I know Dudley will always be with you. I can tell he was a darling boy.