Ziggy

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Ziggy

Post by claireyclaire » Thu May 13, 2010 9:29 pm

Ziggy was my beautiful GSD X, he came from the RSPCA. We had gone looking for a spaniel for Brad! We think he was about 18 months old when we got him.

He was covered in paint and very scared of everything, but when I knelt down next to the door of the run, he walked from the back of pen right up to me and put his paw on my shoulders through the fencing. That was it he was coming home with us! When Brad and I moved in together I already had my Labrador Fudge and she was very loyal and wasn't that interested in being shared! Brad missed having a dog so we went in search of a dog for him, unfortunately when we got Ziggy home it transpired he was fearful of men and had clearly been mistreated, so he stuck to me like glue. He overcame this eventually with lots of love and patience.

He was also very destructive, he ate the kitchen that Brad has just fitted in our new house, and I mean ate! Ripped the doors off the hinges, pulled the oven out of its housing, destroyed the freezer and it's contents. But that dog needed us and we needed him. We worked through most of his issues he was very clever and super-obedient but did suffer from fear aggression with other dogs and strangers

He had such a bad start in life and he was such a loving and gentle boy with those who he knew, it was such a sad day when we had to help him over Rainbow Bridge, he almost asked us to give him a dignified ending he didn't want to suffer anymore. It was the last act of love we could do for him after 12 happy years, it took us 2 years to feel ready for another dog and that journey led us to the Tamaskan.
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Re: Ziggy

Post by claireyclaire » Thu May 13, 2010 9:37 pm

Goodbye

With heavy hearts; and a tear in our eyes
after all these years; we must say goodbye
Please understand; we've done all we could
if there was anything we could do; you know we would

I'm sitting right here; gently rub your ears
while I talk to you softly; trying to hold back the tears
The memories you gave us; we'll never forget
especially the ones; of the day we all met

One last hug; and one last kiss
you have no idea; how much you'll be missed
To look into your eyes; this one last time
you tell me it's ok; you know it's your time

Close your eyes now; and go to sleep
we'll pray to the Lord; you're soul he'll keep
Go in peace now; our good friend
we'll stay right here with you; until the end

Dream of that special day and time
when we'll meet at the Bridge; and all will be fine
We'll run and play; side by side
with a soft warm feeling; deep down inside

Your memory will live on; in each one of us
you'll always be number 1; to all of us
Have a safe journey; through the night
I promise when you awake; you'll be in God's light

So with heavy hearts; and tears in our eyes
just for now my friend; we say goodbye.
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Re: Ziggy

Post by RoyAM » Thu May 13, 2010 10:01 pm

Heart warming story and 8 happy years

nice poem too

always a sad sad time watching an old friend pass away.

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Re: Ziggy

Post by Misaya » Fri May 14, 2010 8:47 am

You obviously gave him a happy life and knew when to let him go. He was a lovely boy and lucky to be adopted by you.
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The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. - Ambrose Bierce

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