Saturday, May 19, 2012

And so farewell .


And now the Wilf the PON blog comes to an end.

A special thank you to all those who commented yesterday . The dog blog world is a place of great kindness and high civility .

Madame Bay arrives to say goodbye to Wilf. She's just too late. The vet is just leaving as she comes through the gate. With tears streaming down her face she informs us that she suffers from allergies . '' Very bad allergies ". We agree that the pollen count is very high this year. Dabbing her eyes Madame Bay says adieu to 'her boy' and quickly leaves.

At the cafe under the arcades the waitress asks after Wilf. When I tell her there's no more need for a half croissant she too bursts into tears . Seeing her rush tearfully inside a Dutch couple at a table by the window glare at me as if I'm some sort of monster .

In the afternoon one of the young vets stops by with some flowers and a card. On it a quote : " We are not saints but we have kept our appointment . How many people can say as much ? ". A sweet thought and a fine epitaph.

The family fellow finally sleeping next to his brother on top of the ridge. The old floor tiles from the barn laid above him. Last night a huge lightning storm. As the thunder roars and the rain pelts down ' the font ' turns to me and says " Wilfs warm and safe". 

This morning a trip to the vets with a case of champagne. Without them this blog would have run a shorter course.

Now we have family and friends to see. France to explore . A trip to Maine and Nantucket next month. Then to India. A school for blind girls and a saintly woman who runs a home for stray dogs in Delhi. Maybe California in the early fall. A graduation .  A full house through the summer . Then, perhaps next Spring , two more PON brothers ?

We'll carry on blogging, less  frequently and on different subjects at a new blog www.thericketyoldfarmhouse.blogspot.com

And so , with thanks and best wishes to you all who've followed Wilf through his ups and downs, farewell .




150 comments:

  1. I could not react yesterday except to shed a few tears (not too many as it seemed to finally happen as it should and you were blessedly allowed to keep your promise of "no pain") and to give my own PON an extra hug or three, but before you sign off, I must say thank you for all the joy you have given to so many through this blog and the tremendous effort you have put into it, posting faithfully and beautifully day after day (to the point where those of us who read you early all breathed a collective "oh, no" when you were late yesterday). We wish you and your family the very best of times and look forward to hearing what comes next at the rickety old farmhouse.

    Lisa and Cherry the PON in Tokyo

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  2. Thank you for sharing dear Wilf with us through your beautiful and succinct writing. We all loved the little chap and will miss him dreadfully.

    I hope you enjoy your new adventures, which I look forward to reading about.

    Au revoir, Angus.

    xoxo

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  3. Selfishly, I felt sad at reading your first sentence simply because I'll miss this beautifully written, touching and always entertaining blog. Thank you again Angus for all the pleasure you've given. And I'm so relieved to learn that there will be a new blog - it as already been added to my list! I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures in this new phase of life. I know that Wilf's (and Digby's) spirit will live on.
    Cheers,
    Gail.

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  4. Bon Voyage! All the best to you and The Font.

    I have added your new blog to my Google Reader and will look forward to your further adventures. Until next time....Cheers!

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  5. thank you for sharing your little piece of france with me..you have made me laugh and cry and i have loved every word..have a good rest and i'll look forward to seeing the next two polar bears some time..when you love dogs its hard to be without one for long....I'll miss you all...xx

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  6. I was so surprised to hear that Wilf went so quickly. My heartfelt condolences go out to you & the font. I fell in love with Wilf. He was such a gorgeous dog & I never knew which way his hair was going to go each day. Thank you for sharing your adventures together. God Bless you & the font. I really liked that the font said that he would be warm where you laid him to rest.

    I look forward to reading your next blog.

    Your friend, Marlene in Canada

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  7. We are so sorry to hear of your loss - and cried through the previous post. We will be following your new blog.

    Rubie and her mum xxx

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  8. Thank you for the laughs, the tears and the daily words of wisdom!

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  9. I will miss Wilf. Not checking in on him every day will take some getting used to.

    I remember well how it is when an elderly dog finally passes away. A sense of freedom and at the same time a constant feeling that I had forgotten to do something.

    All the best and thanks. The blog has been a total joy to read.

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  10. Dear Angus and The Font, thank you for sharing Wilf & Digby, we wish u both the vesy best journeys and will drop by to your new blog. Am so glad u remembered the tiles for Wilf.

    Bats & Robin

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  11. Safe journey wherever life takes both of you. And thank you for sharing your stories with us. You are an incredible storyteller.. i cling on to your every word.

    Have a wonderful holiday both of you... and we'll wait for Spring next year :) Loved the picture of both brothers finally together.

    Anny + a Curly

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  12. I will follow your new blog with as much pleasure as I did the last. Alas mornings will seem very lacklustre without my daily dose of Wilf. Enjoy your well earned freedom for while, my goodness you earned it.

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  13. Some very exciting times ahead for you and the family,
    I look forward to reading your adventures. Bon voyage!
    When you have travelled, maybe the space left in your heart
    will indeed be filled with two new PON brothers.Until then,
    Farewell.

    Bev and ROO

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  14. Maybe two more brothers happy to hear this.

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  15. So sorry, we will all miss this little man.

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  16. Dear Angus and 'the Font',

    We just learnt that Wilf has crossed the rainbow bridge and would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to you and the Font.

    Thank you for sharing Wilf's adventures with us. We are going to miss him a lot.

    Kisses,
    Homer, V & B

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  17. Angus.

    That quote on the vets card -' We are not saints but we have kept our appointment. How many people can say as much ' . Truly, truly moving . Somehow perfect for Wilf and Digby. Come to that perfect for all family dogs . These ones here are getting an extra cuddle.

    Lorrie and family in Fresno.

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  18. While your first sentence filled me with dread, the second to last made my heart soar. I will be in Paris from mid-July to mid-August--if you and/or 'the font" happen to come north during that time, I'd love to meet you and raise a glass of champagne to our furry companions. Please drop by my blog, there is a tribute to Wilfee there.

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  19. A saintly woman who runs a home for dogs in Delhi. Please post about her , and the school for blind girls, and Maine, and France and everything else. It's dafy, plain daft, but I'm already missing Wilf. Sheila and Toby.

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  20. We miss Wilf. Thank you so much for sharing his life with us and Digby's life with us. (((hugs)))

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

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  21. My sympathies an best wishes for your travels, I'm sure that wherever you go the boys will be with you.

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  22. I too am suffering from 'allergies' as I've thought often of Wilf and his loss. It truly was an amazing journey, and I've so enjoyed starting my day with reading about his life and yours in France Profonde. But I know that you and 'the font' put your adventures second to Wilf's and I greatly admire you for that. Now it's time for your life to continue without Wilf by your side, but in your heart and memories that can never be taken away.

    I found your new blog a few weeks ago, and look forward to reading your posts there, when you have time.

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ THANK YOU again for your friendship and sharing Wilf with us~~Cheers!!~~

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  23. Thank you for being so generous as to share your life and love of Digby and Wilf. I, for sure, will be following on.

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  24. It's like losing my own dog all over again. My heart is heavy, but happy for Wilf's reunion with his brother. Take care...Sharon and Ginger (gone yesterday, but 21 years ago)

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  25. Dear Angus,
    What a privilege it has been to follow the remarkable journey of your two beautiful Pons and their wonderful keepers. Thank you so much for sharing their (and your) lives with us all. I feel richer having read your beautiful posts and your consistently warm text. You and your blogs have become "a cyber-icon".
    Take time to rest, to heal and to soar again.
    I look forward to following you at your new blog.
    With love
    TOBY, TAMMY, KING TOFFEE & MAXMOM...in South Africa

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  26. An ache this morning, realising there will be no more PON words of wisdom to look forward to each morning, but delighted to hear that you will still be blogging and looking forward to the new story. Wise words, too from your caring vets - their champagne well-deserved. Strangely, I think your Parisian vet also played her part. That post you wrote soon after her harsh prognosis prompted Pamela to post on her blog and brought to you a whole new group of devotees. I would not have missed these months for anything.

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  27. ....and now tears are flowing.....farewell....for now...thanks for blogging the life of Wilf and Digby.
    xoxo

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  28. Goodbye, Wilf, we have so enjoyed following your journey and are so proud of you defying all the odds. Godspeed.

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  29. So here I am, like so many others, grieving for a wonderful dog I never met but feel I knew so well ... go gently now in your own grief, Angus and 'the font'. What times you've been through, with Italy, and then Digby and now Wilf. Thank you for sharing your stories and your hearts with us. Raising a glass to you all here just a little farther along the Pyrenees. Bon voyage et à la prochaine!

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  30. So Wilf, like Digby, was greeted with a thundrous welcome!

    Stop by our blog if you will as we left a small tribute to your Boyz from ours.

    And thank you again. Enjoy what comes next and stay in touch with your cyber family!

    Joan

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  31. Enjoy your travels and take the spirit of the brothers with you. Thanks for sharing your boys with us.

    Sam

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  32. NOW you've made me cry..
    Will look out for the other blog.
    Thank you for this one.

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  33. Must quote Petey -- was so downhearted to see this blog end, so happy to see that there will be another. In addition to loving the exploits of Wilf and Digby and you and 'the font,' have so enjoyed your accounts of life in a French village.

    It strikes me that there was a thunderstorm the night Digby died too. Perhaps a brass band welcoming them onward?

    All the best.

    Bird
    PS I have forwarded so many of your blogs to friends. Your quotes and observations, and your accounts of Wilf's final days, truly were extraordinary, particularly for those of us with four-legged family members who probably will leave before we do.

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  34. As the saying goes "All good things must come to an end."

    I thank you for sharing Digby and Wilf's lives with us. I have only been a reader for two years, but Wilf's adventures have been come part of my day and I will miss them.

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Happy trails to you,

    Susan
    Boston,MA USA

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  35. Your mention of distant thunder in yesterday's post gave me a chill. Digby, the storm. And now a storm for Wilf. Maybe It's nature's way of welcoming him into her fold to join the generations of PONs who have gone before. I'd like to think that. I'd like to think that it was only his mortal remains that were interred on the hill, that his life force continues somewhere, bright and strong, beyond just beyond our reach.
    I first found your blog by accident. I saw Wilf's
    photo and thought him to be the most adorable dog
    I've ever seen; a thought that continues to this day.
    Wilf has given me hours of joy and I have nothing
    to offer him return, except my eternal love.
    Fare well, cherished friend, on the next leg of your
    journey.

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  36. Yesterday was so hard for so many of us as we all loved Wilf so much. He had caputred our hearts and became so much of our every fay life. I cried so many times Friday. I would find blogs that told about Wilf and would have pictures of him and I would cry again. Wilf was so loved by so many who never met him, that is so touching. I read each comment that was left here and on other blogs. I have never seen so many comments left on one blog as this one had on Friday. Thatshows how much we all loved this blog, Wilf and Digby through the years. I know your home is quite and I know how this is , since I have lost pets in my life.

    Please, leave this blog up so we keep looking at all the pictures of Wilf and Digby, they mean so much to me and I am sure others also. Thank you again for each day shou shared Wilf and Digby . I will never forget them.

    Out of the lost of the polar bears, the one thing that I can look forward to is that there will be two polar bears in the spring. They can't take the others places but the will bring their ways and they will be so welcome.

    I am glas you have started a new blog and we will be able to keep reading about your life "the font', France and two new pons.

    I am so thankful for the beautiful picture on the blog this morning.

    I will be praying for both of you during this time of lost in your life.

    Enjoy all of your traveling time in the months ahead.

    Charlotte

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  37. There is a strange sense of loss in the blog world without Wilf, and in the whole world for that matter, and the thought of your blog about his life with you coming to an end is very hard - and I am overjoyed to hear you will be continuing with another blog.I adore your writing and I am so glad to hear you will be continuing.I am also overjoyed to hear at some stage you are considering having maybe two more PON brothers.... life is not life without a dog- and although quite rightly we must grieve and mourn the ones that have gone-and take the time to be able to open our hearts to new companions, I feel only a dog makes our life complete.I know this may sound ridiculous to people who are not into dogs!!! I will be conituing to follow you on your new blog.I am glad to hear by the way that there are tiles over Wilf's last resting place as we all know this is a PON requirement.How tired and worn out you must all feel and how your hearts will ache the next few weeks.Take heart from all the love and affection from all over the world for you all and your marvelous Wilf.XXX Bea, Simon, Maud ,Millie, Tilda and Thomasina.

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  38. Dearest friends,

    I sit at the Portland, Oregon airport having received a call late last night that mother (age 90) had fallen and broken her shoulder. I will fly for almost 9 hours to get to Chicago and then drive an hour or more to get her hospital. But I do not have the heart to tell her Wilf has left, best she not think of such sad things right now. I send you love and peace, Nancy (Dozer and Coop) in Oregon

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  39. Dearest friends,

    I sit at the Portland, Oregon airport having received a call late last night that mother (age 90) had fallen and broken her shoulder. I will fly for almost 9 hours to get to Chicago and then drive an hour or more to get her hospital. But I do not have the heart to tell her Wilf has left, best she not think of such sad things right now. I send you love and peace, Nancy (Dozer and Coop) in Oregon

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  40. I am away at the moment but have been checking in daily and was overwhelmed with sadness yesterday. Technology would not allow me to comment. Angus, thank you so much for sharing Wilfie Pon, I loved him as if he was my own. If you ever need a Pon fixed, you can always share my Merlin. I very much need a Pon hug and am looking forward to getting home to him. I wish you and the font all my love and gratitude. Teena and Merlin xxx

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  41. Angus-many thanks to you for sharing the delights (and sometimes sorrows) of Wilf and Digby with us...while yesterday brought us quiet sobs...today's picture, with the boys and the rainbow...well, what a wonderful image. We wish you the best & safe travels in your future & look forward to reading about your adventures (and for those new brothers to come onto the scene)

    Best wishes, Edgar & his mum

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  42. It took three tries to get through your post today. Lots of tears, again. What is it about this small polar bear that has captured the hearts of so many? I can't explain it but there is no denying it.

    Taking the case of champagne to the vets was a beautiful 'thank you.'

    I like to think that the thunder at Wilf's passing and the storm last night was the world's acknowledgment of the greatness that was Wilf. An awesome display of power and strength dedicated to the Wonder of Wilf.

    I shall miss Wilf. I will miss this blog, one of the few I read every day. I will read the new one and I look forward to the new adventures.

    Thank you for sharing Wilf with the world!

    Nicole, in Michigan, USA

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  43. Thank you for the memories of this wonderful little pup. May your summer be filled with pleasure and good times. I am already looking forward to your next blogging.

    Cheers,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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  44. Thank you Angus and the Font. Wishing you 'Happy trails' and wonderful adventures. The thought of two more brothers next spring makes my heart soar. Until then, we'll be following you over at your new blog spot with pleasure.

    Buzzy McDuff, the Pip and Camille

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  45. Once again, thank you, Angus -- for finding the right words to bring this wonderful blog to a close. (Crying again when I read of Madame Bay's and the waitress's reactions.) Your chronicles of Wilf and Digby's journing have been a joy to read. I will follow your adventures at The Rickety Old Farmhouse, but I will certainly miss your daily "dog tales" and look forward to the day when two young PON brothers will bring laughter and craziness to your home again. Meanwhile, Happy Travels to you and the Font.

    I too posted a small tribute to Wilf on my blog.

    http://purplemagpiesnest.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/suddenly-the-years-flare-up-and-are-gone/

    I will remember Wilf, always and always and always.

    Purple Magpie and Mitzi the Dog

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  46. Thank you for sharing Wilf and Digby's lives with us. I am happy to hear we will still be able to read about life in your corner of France and wherever your travels take you on your new blog and have added it to my reader.

    Cindy

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  47. Thank you. Hope to read a new blog on two new puppies. Was a very special journey and you are indeed very special people.
    Love and gratitude from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri

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  48. I have only just come across your blog and within seconds was in love with Wilf. Your love for him shines through your writing. He was truly truly loved. What a triffic dog he must have been.

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  49. For many of us the tears will continue for a while until we accept he is safe in a peaceful place. He will live in our hearts for the rest of our lives and in our souls forever. It has been a privilege and an honour to follow Wilf on his courageous journey. Thank you beloved Wilf. DBH

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  50. Not farewell, just good by for a little while. :) Enjoy your travels, until the next time...

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

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  51. Oh thank you for the post of "closure"...I came back this morning for just that...It was a good one. I shall continue to follow on your other blog...You write so well, it is a pleasure to come and visit...
    I have had my hope (spoken aloud to my husband yesterday) but only whispered in my heart for you and the font...lifted...that maybe you will arrive at the day in the future, where you are ready for the adventures again of two impish and loving PONS in your daily routine ...but for now...the depth of the memories with Wilf and Digby will be more than enough, I am sure, to carry with you in your many travels coming up... Thank you for letting us walk these past days and months. It has been a privilege. I am a very private person, and I appreciate the open door you showed to us - letting us walk in your steps with Wilf each day. Again...a Hug for you and the Font. Have a blessed weekend. I shall go to put your other blog into my Favorites that I might continue to follow. My doggies have gotten LOTS of attention lately and I have thanked God much more than usual for the gift of the Canine to walk with us in this world. :-)

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  52. My heart is soothed after reading that perhaps there will be two more pon brothers after the pain eases.
    Enjoy your journeys the rest of this year and I will look forward to reading about them in the near future. Thanks for the "memories of dear Wilfie. Carolyn from NC USA.

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  53. Oh I'm going to miss this blog, and look forward with great hope for a new PON blog. And in the meantime, I have subscribed to your other blog. Enjoy your travels, bon voyage!

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  54. Milodog, Pippin & FreddieMay 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    What a wonderful dad you have been for your fur boyz. Thanx for taking us on a wonderful trip with your family over the years. Its been a blast. Be proud of how you handled everything. Take care. Now take your wonderful wife on a well deserved holiday and have some fun. You both deserve it. X

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  55. I've been following without commenting for quite a while. I couldn't comment yesterday..too hard..too many tears. I feel sad for you but I also feel joy for you to have been able to say goodbye to Wilf. The relationship that you and the Font had with Wilf was extraordinary.
    I'm so pleased that you put the old floor tiles above him. I wondered about that when I read that you would be laying him to rest next to Digby.
    Happy and safe travels over the summer and fall...

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  56. Ah. A sad day indeed. We too experienced a great thunderstorm last night. As I had my three all gathered at my feet, my thoughts drifted to Wilf et al. We look forward to your new adventures, and perhaps two more PON brothers. Wilf would be pleased to be sure!

    With love from your Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

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  57. Petey said everything so beautifully on his blog. It's exactly how I feel. We knew the journey would end but even still it doesn't make the heartbreak for you, the Font and Wilf any less.
    Thank you for sharing with the world the wonderful journey of Digby and Wilf.
    Happy and Safe Travels!!

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  58. Milodog, Pippin & FreddieMay 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    You have been such a good dad to your fur boyz. Thanx for taking us on a wonderful journey with your family. Its been a blast. Be proud of everything you have done.Now go and take your wonderful wife on a well deserved holiday and have some fun. You both deserve it.Love to you both. X

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  59. Warm and safe.
    Yes.

    I shall look forward to your new writings, Angus. And I wish you a wonderful summer out in the wild world. If you come my way, do let us know!
    xoxo,
    Pamela, The Songwriter, Apple and of course, Edward

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  60. I will so miss your posts. But your journey will continue on a new path...one I hope that brings you much joy. Safe travels and I will be checking in on the new blog :) Again, I've enjoyed your ride with Wilf, thanks for letting us all catch a glimpse of how happy a dog and owner should be. My heart is full.

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  61. I will so miss your posts. But your journey will continue on a new path...one I hope that brings you much joy. Safe travels and I will be checking in on the new blog :) Again, I've enjoyed your ride with Wilf, thanks for letting us all catch a glimpse of how happy a dog and owner should be. My heart is full.

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  62. When I read yesterday that Wilf had passed, I could not find the right words to send. I have followed your blog daily and shared your joys and sorrows. I wish to add my heartfelt condolences to you and the font. You did more for him than many people would have and he knew how much he was loved. He let you know when it was time and you loved him enough to let him go. I am sure he is frolicking with his brother. Their spirits will always be with you.
    We live in Connecticut. If you are going to be in the area, I would love to meet you both. Enjoy your travels. I am so glad to see that you are considering getting new brothers to share your life and love with! Bravo!
    To Wilf, thank you for sharing your life and your wisdom with us all. Angus, thank you for writing such a wonderful and loving blog. I will miss reading it. I will follow your new blog.
    Blessings and love,
    Skye, the Moondance Huskies, kittes and mom Joan

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  63. Hope you two have great times and I really look forward to your next blog. Yes two more Pons will be lovely it's what yours would have wanted for you to keep on loving.

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  64. Glad to read you today, Angus.

    I was sure you put the old tiles on Wilfee's new home, to protect him, as the young pilgrim said for Digby.

    Wishing you the best for your trips to India and USA, be sure that you will be welcomed to Brittany and my home if you like.

    I joined your new blog to have news.

    Many many thanks, Angus, for sharing with us the story of the boyz, and a part of your life in France profonde, it was a great chance for me to discover your blog, and to find in you, "une belle âme" (a beautiful soul).

    A bientôt Angus, and Lady Font...

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  65. Angus:

    All good fortune to you and "the font" in your upcoming travels. I look forward to hearing about your new adventures under the new blog. You are a terrific writer and I adore the way you express yourself.
    Thank you again for sharing your experiences with all of us.

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  66. oh dearest angus and font.
    if any two people deserve some lightness in being for awhile...
    an extended while... it's you two. loving so deeply means hurting deeply and it's always worth it. but it takes a toll.
    when you write at the ricketyoldfarmhouse i'll be there.
    god speed. to our two beloved boyz now. and to you.
    love,
    tammy j

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  67. Angus, I hope you have Wonderful Adventures. I will check back for your updates, but in my heart and when you and The Font are ready I will be waiting to hear of Two More Pons. Love, Susan and Emma

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  68. Wilf was so well loved in the village, as he was around the world. I never "got to know Digby" started reading the blog after he had passed, but I am happy that he and Wilf are together again. I am going to go back and read some older posts, it will cheer my heart to read of the boyz together in younger days. I am going to look for a story of a seal on the beach.

    Louise

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  69. I'll miss hearing about Wilf, but I'm glad I won't have to miss your writing which is always so compelling and readable. I've bookmarked the new blog. Thank you!

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  70. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words with us and allowing us to share Wilf's journey. It's strange and wonderful how words have the power to move us to tears for a dog we have never met but felt as if we'd come to know.

    Thank you

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  71. Angus, I didn't understand the meaning of the tiles, so I went back to Sweet Digbys story, and well it was a Beautiful story, and to come full circle, Amazing....I also decided I would go back to the beginning and read every day.....until one day your PON story starts all over again....Looking forward to that day Angus....Love, Susan and Emma.

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  72. Found your blog via From The House Of Edward. So-o-o sorry to hear of Wilf's passing. My heart goes out to you. You can see in the pics on your posts what a happy dog he was. Please keep up the posts... I am interested to see what the future brings.
    Lisa

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  73. Thank you for sharing Digby & Wilf with the world.

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  74. I'm so pleased you're not quitting. I don't always comment but I generally read. I feel like we're old friends and we've been through a lot together.

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  75. You don;t know me nor I you but we have a mutual friend in Pamela who shares our love of dogs and blogs. I read her post and of course felt the need to say, well...... what can I say, "sorry for your loss" sounds trivial and insincere. I have a little dog, he is getting on in years, he is precious. They give us so much and ask so little in return. I am glad that your life was blessed with the joie de vie of a good dog.

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  76. I had already found the new blog, and I would hate to miss your unique flavor of writing on whatever subject comes to mind. I feel like the cast of characters in your little corner of France are old friends, and I'd hate to not be able to hear about them from time to time. I have learned a great deal about how I want to write from reading your words, and I've learned to appreciate my little corner of the world a little more, as well.

    I hope that you enjoy your travels, and your time with friends and family! I also sincerely hope that there will be a new pair of PON brothers or sisters some day in the future! I thank you for sharing Wilf and Digby with all of us!

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  77. Wilf *is* warm and safe now, forever in so many hearts. Thank you again for your gracious and generous sharing of him. Our Miss. Ginger is showing many signs of 'getting up there' now, and I will always remember Wilf's inspiring and dignified journey during these last two years, as we walk along the same road with her. I so wish she could read.
    Many blessings to you both as you travel forward...
    xo J~

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  78. I have managed not to weep all day today, for the loss of my own sweet Pup 9 months ago. This however, undid me.
    My sincere condolences on the loss of Wilf.
    I am so very sorry he is gone. . and you have that Something Missing in your days now.
    All my best to you , Candice

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  79. Milodog, Pippin & FreddieMay 20, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    You were such a super dad to your fur boyz. Thanx for taking us on a wonderful journey with your family. Its been a blast. Now go and enjoy a well deserved holiday with your good lady. You both deserve it. All the best for the future. X

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  80. I am so very sorry about your dear babes. :-) And he was :-) Just as Amie Soto Blossom was ours and now Freya Rose Blossom fills our lives...
    Even a year after Amie, I still have emails about Amie Soto Blossom... not sad, just shows how they are still with us. Just a thought away.
    My French is really rats :-)
    But, I do dog and cat really well, rabbit and even mouse and hamster, vole, if I have to... snail.. never...
    Ah, blessed be Wilf.
    My eldest son rescued a dog from the pot in Cambodia just a year or so ago...He named him Bean.... Wilf would be so proud of you .... you can give another loving dog a different life... Why ?
    Because you are special people and a special dog needs you, just as much as that truely amazing Wilf the pon... Freya Rose Blossom needed us, just as much as all the paws that she followed.. take time out.. NOT TOO LONG A TIME :-) And you will smile again... there are too many out there that NEED YOU....... Wilf will be proud of you X X X X X X X

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  81. I'm so sorry. I've enjoyed follow Wilf's adventures.

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  82. I am so, so sorry. I hope that you know that both Digby and Wilf knew no boundaries in love. They couldn't possibly have been loved more. Godspeed, Wilf.

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  83. One day, I will read this blog from beginning to end. Not now though, the pain of losing Wilf is still too fresh.

    I'm so glad you'll continue to blog.

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  84. "Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

    Thank you for sharing their world with us.

    Holding tight♥

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  85. "Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

    Thank you for sharing their world with us.

    Holding tight♥

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  86. I'll admit straight up ... I'm not good with farewells. None of my family is good with farewells. I like to think that as long as memories exist ... so does spirit. We will miss Wilf greatly, and want you to know what a very special place he (and Digby) have held in our hearts. These are two pups (and their family) that will never be forgotten. And I mean that.

    In loving support and indescribable appreciation,
    Your friends in Colorado: Sally, Nina, Jake and Fergi

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  87. I'll admit straight up ... I'm not good with farewells. None of my family is good with farewells. I like to think that as long as memories exist ... so does spirit. We will miss Wilf greatly, and want you to know what a very special place he (and Digby) have held in our hearts. These are two pups (and their family) that will never be forgotten. And I mean that.

    In loving support and indescribable appreciation,
    Your friends in Colorado: Sally, Nina, Jake and Fergi

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  88. An emptiness in my day.....not only for the tales of Wilf & the sweet photos & the words of wisdom. But also for the charming way you have of stringing words.

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  89. I know of Wilf and Bro through Pamela & Edward, and love you all dearly....sending my prayers to you... though never replaceable I find a little puppy therapy is best....wishing you find a new PON or Best Friend~~~ xxoo from CA Honey & Biscuit

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  90. We agree with the above comment....we miss Wilf too....and please don't leave Madame Bay out of your writings now. We left you a comment on yesterday's blog and don't know if you received it as blogger was being odd.

    Please know how much you've meant to us!

    XXOO

    Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley

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  91. When your hearts are ready, there will be new dogs and, we hope, a new doggy blog. Until then, we look forward to our 'fix' of astute observations and gentle wisdom - and a trip to India - through the ricketyoldfarmhouse blog. Safe journeys, and may your hearts heal just fast enough.

    Jed & Abby

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  92. Yes, keep posting - will be watching the new blog. The Boyz are missed as well as their story...thank you for this heart-felt wrap up. Indeed, allergy season is in high gear; need some tissues again myself.

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  93. Each day this blog brightened my days learning about Wilfie and his brother, the lovely Font and the tales spilled with such feeling.
    Yesterday, my heart broke a bit for the loss of a dog I'd only read about. Such care was bestowed upon such a wonderful dog by a fantastic family.
    Here is to wonderful travels as your hearts heal. I look forward to hopefully hearing a bit about those travels.

    One day, I hope to see another journey told about two lovely PONs waiting to brighten your lives.

    Thank you for making me appreciate my little tribe of dogs/cats/chickens a bit more.

    Travel well and safely.

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  94. Yes, please do post about those things, the shelter for dogs in Delhi, the school for blind girls, your travels in France as well as the States and try to post as many pictures as you can - that is how I get my "traveling" done since I can't any other way.

    I find it kind of strange and I feel a little catch in my throat when I stopped by here now - I also miss Wilf and stopping by to see what his latest antics were - I am already set to follow your other blog just to check in and see what the latest is with you and your travels.
    Kim

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  95. Dear Angus and the Font. Sorry for your loss - again. Shall miss your daily tale on Wilff and life in France and else where. Thought of telling you to remember the tiles to keep Wilff safe and warm, but of course you remembered the young pilgrim. Enjoy your journeys with the Font. Looking foreward to meet you in The the Rickety old farmhouse. Im am glad that I dont have to lose your way with words completely. Love EM in Danmark

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  96. words are inadequate to express what this blog, and this dog, have meant to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  97. I grew to love him so much, and now I miss him terribly. Thank you for bringing him to us.

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  98. My sad regards from NE Ohio. I'm going to still keep Wilf as my screensaver for a daily reminder of the bittersweet aspect of life. I also like to print and make a folder of this journey so I can go back and smile and reflect on the wisdom your family gave me. So please don't take your blog down too soon. Liz

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  99. We are So Sorry for Your Loss...Wilf's Blog &, before that, Wilf & Digby's Blog have been part of our morning routine for so long...

    We have loved them & learned so much from your writings...We find it so difficult to come up with the words to express our gratitude for sharing yours, & Wilf & Digby's lives with us...

    We know Wilf & Digby are now together & they are enjoying abundant coconut ice cream & 1/2 crescents...

    We will visit The Rickety Old Farmhouse often &, hopefully, when the time is right for you, another two PON Brothers...

    Abby & I sat a little closer this morning as I had my morning coffee & she took her after breakfast nap...

    Our Thoughts & Prayers are with you & the Font as you start the new chapter of your lives...

    Much Love,
    Abby & Her Mom...
    xxxooo

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  100. Sleep tight sweet boyz. much love Susan, Winnie Dixon, & Samuel

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  101. Thank you for your blog and the beautiful photos as you shared Wilf and Digby's daily lives so fittingly. Dogs leave a big hole in your life when they are gone and you never forget them. Bon Courage.

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  102. Hello Angus and The Font, the house must seem strange and empty, but you are making plans to fill the weeks and months ahead with so many wonderful activities. Heartwarming to hear you will continue blogging as everyone has become attached to you both, and all the village characters....funny, poignant, a mystery at times how things go there. I was telling my husband about the incident of the little "goodie" bag you and Wilf had left along the side of the road, and the little rich dog carried it away. We laughed quite robustly. Thanks again for sharing the wonderful world of Wilf with everyone. Shall long long remember that sweet fellow with the crazy hair!! Blessings and hugs from Robin Larkspur, New York.

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  103. I have been a very infrequent visitor to your blog (no clue why!) but I just read about your loss over on Tales and Tails. I'm so sorry for your loss! Life will be different now for sure, but that hole will maybe be partially filled sometime in the future and for now, you have all of blogville to hold you close.

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  104. Angus,
    Where ever the road takes you, know that you take our heart-felt appreciation, and love with you. It has been an honor, to have observed this trip with you. Through your magnificent writings, we have laughed, cried and cheered. But mostly we've laughed. Oh, how we have laughed!

    I know how your hearts hurt right now; I have been where you are. But it should be a comfort, that your boys couldn't have asked for a better home, or a better pack, or greater love.

    Thank you both for sharing your boys and your lives with us.

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  105. Our beloved dog companions break our hearts when they leave us, but they give us such love and joy. What would our lives be like without them? Thank you for sharing your lovely Wilf (and Digby) with us. God bless.

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  106. I am in at the end of a beautiful sharing of Wif, and yet, tears are flowing. i cannot bear to real older posts right now. isn't that odd.

    blessings.

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  107. I will miss your daily musings, but your summer plans sound wonderful. I will continue to check in often to see the happenings in the rickety old farm house. Take care my friends.

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  108. This is the first comment I have ever left on a blog. I just could not let the passing of this lovely creature go without extending my hand to you in sorrow. I too share a house in the country with one of Gods scruffy angels. His name is Al and he is just and old stray barn cat but he has tied every heart at this house to his own. We love him as you love Wilf. I can not think of the day that he would be lost to me. He is an honest and loving old friend. His eyes have the same soulful look your Wilfs had. What a picture to thing of him taking his afternoon nap in the beautiful fields of heaven. Thank you for sharing him with me.

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  109. Dearest Angus and The Font,
    Wilf is gone but he will remain in our hearts always. We are forever grateful to you for sharing the journey- it's been quite a trip. Safe travels and please say hello to my beloved New England for me.
    When we lost our Skye last month, a friend wrote the following to us, which we pass on to you in empathy and love:
    "He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds, my other ears that can hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times that I am his reason for being, by the way he rests against my leg, by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile, by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. When I am wrong he is delighted to forgive me, when I am angry, he clowns about to make me smile. When I am a fool he ignores it. Without him I am only another man. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is my protection.
    Because of all this he has promised to wait for me. He is my dog, Wilf. "
    May God bless you,
    Katherine, Harry, Finney (and Skye)

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  110. Angus and "The Font"-for the past two years your beautiful words have moved me to another place within myself. A quieter more thoughtful place. Words and Wilf had that power over me. Safe travels, I know how difficult it is to leave an ailing pet in someone elss's care, it's time to enjoy yourselves a bit. We will keep checking your new blog for signs of another pair of pups and MORE great pet-adventures.
    Fondly,
    Karen & Kelly Rathje
    Bettendorf Iowa USA

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  111. I don't recall exactly how I stumbled upon your blog, but found your photography, storytelling, and most of all your love for Wilf (and his love for you) so compelling. It touched my heart. I have wept several times over the past few days recalling the post on his passing. Having been through the deaths of my own beloved pups, I do empathize with you and feel your loss and pain. Best wishes to you and the Font. au revoir, Madame LeFleur, Montgomery, AL, USA

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  112. Oh...this made me cry and cry...not that your other posts have not...they have. But I thought I was over crying for Wilf and Digby too. This made me cry again for my own Newman...alone in the backyard. I will follow your adventures at the new blog....and oh...how I will wait anxiously for news of two new brothers. When I began sobbing at reading this...my new little boy...Franklin came running to jump in my arms to see what was the matter. Not the same as my Newman for he did the same thing...but in time maybe it will be the same. I love boy dogs the most of anything in the world. I am only sad that I came to read you after Digby was gone. Have a wonderful summer and travels then settle down with two new boys....please.

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  113. Being off-line for so long, we missed Wilf's departure. Cannot describe the sadness we feel. He's a soul who'll be remembered throughout the world. Love to you.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  114. Dear Angus and The Font...farewell seems so final, we all know that Wilf will continue to live on in our hearts and thoughts forever.
    Thank you for sharing him with all of us.
    Whisper his name and you will feel his spirit by your side.
    Be ever watchful for the rugs askance and the gentle biffy movement of the swing in the breeze.
    Enjoy fun-filled travels until our paths meet again at The Rickety Old Farmhouse.
    Please don't take this blog down as it will continue to be an inspiration to many.
    Lots of love,
    Virginia in Barbados

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  115. Dear Wilf's Family,

    I am so deeply heartbroken over the loss of your beautiful Wilf. Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences. You wrote a very touching tribute and a lovely epilogue. I am sure it brings comfort knowing Wilf and his brother, Digby, are together again. Their resting place sounds beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing Wilf's life with us. The philosophy and love in each post complemented the beautiful photos of Wilf, and your surroundings in France. It breaks my heart to not have Wilf's post to turn to anymore when things are not good on my end. His posts always made me feel better.

    Wilf will be deeply missed. My heart, love, and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. RIP sweet Wilf.

    Peace,

    KrisAnne and Suka

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  116. I have only just heard of dear Wilf's journey onward. And so, through heavy tears, I shall leave the words I always say upon reading of his adventures:

    Oh Wilf, how I love you so.

    Farewell sweetest boy.

    Much love,

    Maureen

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  117. I only just discovered your Blog today.....so sorry to read of your loss.....

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  118. Thank you for letting us share Wilf all these months
    he and you will be so very missed
    Sending our love and hopes to hear from you again
    Sleep now sweet Boyz
    Ami,George and Asta

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  119. What a good boy and what a good life he had.

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  120. No words to share just silent ones and a cyber hug my friends xo

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  121. There are no words to describe how we feel.........like we have lost a dear friend......at peace over the bridge with his companion......know that they were loved by all of us in cyber space..so very very sorry...Love, Nancy, Angus and Becky

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  122. I am so sorry to hear about Wilf. So many chapters closing at the moment, it feels, but then a summer of reflection, and perhaps a new book starts.

    Wilf was a lovely lad; his brother, too. I look forward to reading more from you via your new blog. Take care. x

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  123. Linda from CanadaMay 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I will miss Wilf. Farewell, it's been a pleasure.

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  124. I have just discovered Wilf and you through Edward.

    What a beautiful life this dog had; and an ending that all of us wish for for ourselves and those we love.

    Beautiful!
    Penelope

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  125. So sorry to read about Wilf - the wifi has been short of iffy and was so sad today to read your post. Such a character and sweetheart too; he endeared us to him as Digby did as well. We will miss him and ache for your loss.
    With Hugs xoxoxoxo
    Sammie, Avalon and Mom

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  126. I am last but not least in my sadness yet gratefulness that you've shared your journey with us. Your gentle stories of Wilf and Digby's lives have brightened my days as your love for them shined through in each small event that you described so eloquently.

    I just returned from travels with K, visiting places in our world that have played a big role in her life as we are on that final journey that you've just finished.

    Upon returning, I wept when I read of Wilf's passing although it wasn't a surprise. You've taught me so much about how to live life's last journey with grace, humor, and love. Thank you Wilf. Thank you Digby. Thank you Angus. And, thank you "font".


    Farewell. Enjoy your adventures, and I'll follow you at your new blog. I'll be awaiting the day that new furry brothers join your family.

    May sweet Wilf rest in peace after a life full of happiness and love.

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  127. Angus, I haven't been able to write. I think I've not wanted to accept it. But alas, our sweet Wilf has gone to be with his brother. Thank you so much for sharing your lives with us. I will miss Wilf more than I ever could have expected. Of that I am sure.

    Trever & Louis Wellington

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  128. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful love story-

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  129. Angus, I've been away for a couple of weeks and have just this moment come back to see these last few pages of Wilf's goodbye. I send my love to him if he could know it... and thank you for sharing all you have of him. It has been a joyful journey. Of course I will look for your new blog...and look forward to your wonderful writing going forward. But Oh, Wilf...I will miss him very much, too. Such a wonderful gift he was...

    Cheryl

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  130. Ahh we have just seen the news. We thank you for your wonderful words but most of all for sharing you love and joy with your pups with us. Adieu sweet friends Love Agatha and Archie

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  131. Thankyou... for sharing your dogs and helping us realize that there is nothing more satisfying in life than a true friend.
    Now they are together forever...
    Susan

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  132. M'Ongoose, this is not about Wilf; but a techy question.

    I can (and, indeed have) comment(ed) here posting with my name and URL.

    You've set the new blog up differently, and it will not take my Wordpress details to let me comment there.

    This may be deliberate, but if not, can it be altered, please?

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      Sorry about this . The new blog should have been set up in the same way as the old blog . I think it may be a gremlin but will go and check .

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    2. That should be it done !

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  133. The drop-down menu to Reply on the new site does not have Name/URL or Anonymous.
    Please have another go at checking now that you are back in the R O F and $200 lighter.

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  134. OH please.....Oh please adopt two more dogs!! There are so many wonderful dogs who have no homes...and are killed in shelters.....OH please......

    what a wonderful life your dogs led! Please share your life with two more!

    Penelope

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  135. We will surely miss your everyday post and adventures, thank your for sharing those happy moments with you guys, we will cherish those moments :D

    Dog Shock Collar | Puppy Bond

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  136. I have not been very active on my blog but today I checked yours.
    I am so sorry you lost your loyal companion. Inevitable but painful. I remember when I had to say goodbye to Belle.
    Rest in peace, Wilf.

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  137. I am sorry my farewell is so late. During the time Wilf started his journey to eternity, so was my sweet Dad. Pop left us a few weeks before Wilf but he too, at 94, left us sweetly, quietly and with all the dignity he lived his life!! I hope they get to meet over the rainbow!!

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  138. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and sorry i have not commented before, i have had my father ill until he passed away early this year so did not have time to blog. Dougal was a great help to my father when she just stayed by his side and kept him company, just nudging his hand every now and then to let him know she was still their for him. we lost my father and Dougal misses him so much, you must miss Wilf so much but just think of the joy he give you over his life. ALL OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU.

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  139. Still remember one year later!
    05/18/13

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  140. I remember when I had to say goodbye to Belle.. Challenge coins

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