Monday, 17 June 2013

Ten Months and Nine Days

I don't really know how to begin this post,   I don't  have the eloquence to express the loss and sadness that has overwhelmed me at the very premature death of my beautiful young Newfie, Buster.

He died on June 12th from dreadful complications following surgery.  He was only ten months and 9 days old, not even fully grown and just turning from a puppy into a young dog with the sweetest disposition I have ever known.
I am trying very hard to keep reminding myself that Nature never promised that life would be fair, it's road sets many obstacles and trials, and the rewards are all the richer for accepting and understanding that.
Try as I might to understand just at the moment all I can feel is that it is so very wrong that this most beautiful creature should not even live long enough to reach maturity, Mother Nature dealt him a cruel hand.
From the moment I first held him at a few days old I just knew he was meant to be my dog, and I counted the days impatiently waiting for him to come home, my biggest concern was how the others would take to him.  It was a joy to watch them all learn to live together so well, Angus even allowed him to share his special sleeping place. Needless to say we became a very happy family, I never imagined having three Newfies at the same time but I loved it, it was glorious.
Buster was brave, and stoic and never showed anything but a gentle loving nature even after he must have been in great pain in the last days after the surgery had failed.  Dogs are amazing creatures and Buster certainly proved that far beyond the call of duty.
Today his ashes came home and I thought it was time that I revealed this saddest news, he was a truly stunningly beautiful dog, his markings were my dream of what a Newfie should be, best of all was his sweet gentle nature.  I have proudly enjoyed sharing his pictures and some of my adventures with him and I am devastated to be sharing the news of his early death.
Angus and Posh are here to comfort me and I will be brave to honour Buster.
That's enough words.... I expect some of you have seen these pictures before but they are so pretty that there is no harm in sharing them again...

Thank you my boy for every moment we shared.... Love you always Mr Busto Boost....


  1. I am so sorry... He was and stay a beautiful Newfie. I understand... several years ago I lost my Newfounland Galaxie at only 21 months...

  2. My heart goes out to you Gregory. A void that nothing can fill. Thank goodness we have memories,
    They will stay with you forever.
    Hugs Kay

    1. Gregory! I can't believe this. I'm heart broken and I can only imagine what you have been through , so so sad....He was such a beauty, I'll miss seeing him grow into what he should have been, the photos are beautiful. Sending you big cyber hugs all the way from Tassie my friend, take care. <3 <3

    2. Thank you, I am still in a state of dis-belief that he has gone, firstly the anguish of discovering that he was unwell, the plans to help him and the acceptance that he was going to need extra love and care, the giving all that extra love to help him. He took an extra special place in my world and in my heart, then disaster struck and he had surgery to save him, again more hope which was only to be dashed when it failed. But he was an astonishing boy and left me with rich and wonderful memories, and I must be as tough and brave as he was x

  3. That is truly heartbreaking, Though we have never met I follow your posts. He was such a beautiful boy and you are lucky to still have two to comfort you. I had a Buster when I was young and still miss him today.
    I noticed a comment from Linda above, whom I met through her bear making some years ago. Everyone is thinking of you.

  4. I am so proud of you that you have managed to find the strength to write about Buster.As I know what you have been going through the last few weeks.You did everything you could for Buster and he knew how much you loved and cared for him.These pictures show him to be a very special dog and his loving sweet nature just shines through.I know you will find comfort in Angus and Posh as they will know that you need lots of love right now.I am sending mine and hope that you are feeling stronger.x

  5. Oh Gregory, this is such a shock to read. I don't know what to say, you must be so deeply hurt ... sometimes life is very tough to make sense of. I hope you find your way with it xxx

  6. I am stunned by this extremely sad news, Gregory. I have always enjoyed seeing photos of Buster and looked forward to hearing about how he was doing. This was absolutely the last thing I expected hear when I returned to the Internet today after a weeklong break.

    Please know that there are many, many people around the world holding you and your dogs in their hearts as you begin a new life without sweet Buster.