WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF OUR LOVING SILKIES 'BOB & SUZIE'
OUR FIRST PETS
Our two dogs were the first pets that we bought together and we loved them both very much. Richard had a dog when he grew up but I didn't have any pets. My older sister had a lot of birds, in fact she was a breeder of budgies and was quite successful at it too. I would have liked to get a bird to start off, but Richard was keen to get a dog. We had discussed breeds in length and always came back to something small like a silkie or a Jack Russell. Eventually, we made our choice and decided to get our first silkie puppy. We decided to buy a male silkie puppy and the rest, so they say, is history.
The day we went to see the breeder was very special because unlike Richard, who grew up with a dog, I had never had a dog before and I was very excited about getting a new little puppy. When we arrived at her home, we could see a large box in the corner of her sitting room, where there were four brand new little silkie puppies. Two were female and two were males.. I inquired how would we know which one to pick to which she promptly replied, don't worry he will pick you out first. To our joy and amazement, that's exactly what happened. When she had removed the two female pups, to allow the two males more room, one of them came towards the side of the box where Richard was standing . As we watched, he made his way up the side of the box, before falling down once or twice .He finally made it to the top and Richard picked him up and got a quick lick on the side of the face. We knew straight away that this was going to be our dog, our little man Bobbie. Bobbie got into all kinds of mischief, including wetting on the carpet a few times. He seemed to be getting on well with us, however, it soon became apparent that he was going to need a little mate because he was at home a lot on his own. So we decided that we would find a little female friend for him.
When Suzie joined our family it was a total surprise to me. I was actually in hospital recovering from surgery at the time and knew nothing about her arrival or that Richard had been secretly arranging with a breeder from Nanango to have her transported by plane down to Brisbane Airport. She was only eight weeks old and he had gone to the Airport to collect her before coming to see me. Richard had then organised with the Sister in Charge of the Ward for her to bring me down to the garden to wait for him. As I waited for him to arrive, I remembered that he said he had a surprise for me but I could not for the life of me think what it could be. I was told that he was here and as he came towards me I noticed that he was carrying something small that look like it was black and white. The Sister with me said "it looks like he has a stuffed animal for you. I looked a little closer and said "since when does a stuffed animal move". I then realised he had a little puppy in his arms which he laid inwhen he got closer.He then told me the story of how she had arrived and I thought she was the most beautiful little puppy I had ever seen.
LIVING WITH BOBBIE AND SUZIE
To say that bobbie and Suzie were the best of friend is an understatement. In fact a lot of people asked us if they were related because they were so close and rarely left each other's side. Even if one of them had to go to the vet, the other one would sit at the door the entire time he or she was gone until they returned and then they would spend a lot of time together again. One time that I remember vividly, was when Suzie had to have surgery on her hip and she had to have a huge plaster on her leg for what seemed like the longest time. She would just go around with this leg going clump clump on the floor and Bobbie would be there by her side. When she stopped and had a rest, he would start to lick her ears and this came to be something that he became famous for doing. She didn't seem to mind at all. I think that she may have even been enjoying it.
We had a favourite place called "Woofers" which was a boarding kennel, where we would leave them when we went on a holidays. I remember when the owner of the kennel told us when the dogs were puppies that her daughter would sneak down to the dog cells, where Bobbie and Suzie were sleeping and pick them up and bring them up to her bed where they would fall asleep at the bottom of her bed. She said she couldn't make up her mind which one she wanted, so she just had to take both of them.
We often took the two of them for walks around the area in which we live for a bit of exercise for them as well as us which they loved to do. We would occasionally meet up with other people walking their dogs and our dogs and their dogs would always have a little talk with each other. There were a few different locations that we liked to go together, that is until I was unable to walk any more and had to use the wheelchair in order to get around.It was very hard to watch Richard go off on his own with Bobbie and Suzie because I couldn't walk around the block with them anymore. However, when we went to the park, we developed a technique where I would sit in the wheelchair and hold one of their leashes, while Richard would hold the other one. I was quite successful until the one I was holding would start to pick up the pace and pull against the leash. This would put more pressure on my hands and arms till eventually I would have to let go or be pulled out of the chair.
As you can tell, we loved our two little silkies and they were the job of our lives. No only were they our pets, but they were our companions and brought so much happiness to us that we shall never forget them. Unfortunately, there comes a time in every dog's life when he or she must, even though you can't bear to say goodbye, leave your side forever.
SAYING GOODBYE TO OUR LOVED ONES
We found having to say goodbye to our two little loved ones was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. One of the things that we really did not like to hear people say was "been there, done that. It is something that people who have put a pet to sleep often said to us when we told them that we were about to euthanase a pet that we had loved very much and then another one was " been there, done that " and" that its much easier the second time around".This is certainly not the case. It is actually a lot harder, especially when he was your first pet..
In early 2006 Suzie was diagnosed with a large bladder tumour and the vet told us that we could give her chemotherapy which would give her a further four or five months at the most with pain medication but it wouldn't be very pleasant. We decided that we couldn't bear to see her suffer and waited till the time was right to have her euthanased. One day when she was lying on the floor, I picked her up and she was wet. I knew that was the sign that we should do something for her. Selena, our Vet, came to the house and gave Suzie the necessary medication to peacefully put her to sleep. As she lay in my arms, there was just time to give her a hug and a kiss, tell her how much we loved her and then she was gone.
Bobbie missed his little mate Suzie so much after she had gone. He often used to go into the bottom of the linen cupboard on his own because that is where he and Suzie spent a lot of time when they just wanted to be by themselves . Unfortunately, earlier this year, Bobbie starting showing signs of old age as well as some neurological function being affected. He was looking so lost and had to spend a lot of time by himself because I was going into hospital a lot more and Richard was working all the time. We realised that is would be kinder to euthanase him, even though it was a tough decision to make. However, it proved to be a very traumatic time for all of us because Bobbie kept fighting the needle that Selena was trying to put into his paw. Eventually, it became too much for us and we went into the bedroom until Selena came and told us that it was in. It was obvious that he knew what was coming and that he didn't want to leave us either. Richard held him in his arms as the medication was injected into the cannula, at which time we told him how much we loved him, gave him a hug, kissed him goodbye, and then he was gone from us forever.
FINAL TRIBUTE TO OUR LITTLE SILKIES
In honour of Bobbie and Suzie's lives with us, as a special tribute to their memory, we arranged for a collection of photos to be taken at a professional studio. Now whenever we come inside the front door, the first thing we see is this wonderful collection that has so many fun filled and exciting memories to offer. It is as though they are still here with us.We also have their urns with their ashes on the top of our bookcase and we think of them every day and will never forget the joy they brought to our lives.