Friday, May 18, 2012

To the very end .






A rough night. This morning Wilfs body uncooperative. Gums pale, legs leaden. Not defeated but the will to fight finally gone. He pulls himself out into the garden, settling in the shade of the orchard. His favoured spot.

Familiar, comforting sounds. The frogs in the village pond, Finches, Redstarts, Cicadas, the squabbling sparrows. I sit by him. He lets out a long ' I'm oh so tired ' sigh. Wrapped in his blanket, head buried deep into my lap, back leg sticking out at that comical angle that's always made us laugh. An overgrown puppy. Fur warm to the touch in the morning sun.

There on the cool grass a last chance for dog and master to talk. A look that says so much. '' Is this it ? Will it hurt ? We had good times didn't we ? Do you remember that seal on the beach ? ". He falls asleep then wakes with a start, body tense. '' You'll stay with me ? ". ' To the very end ' I find myself replying aloud. Of this one thing he can be sure. A conversation dog people will understand.

The morning air powerful with the scent of roses and sage. He can't keep water down. Kidneys failing. Far away over the mountains, lightning, and a distant baritone of thunder. The senior vet arrives. Wilfs tail wags. An old friend come to see him. A quick check. A nod of the head. The injection. A gentle 'Adieu' as the needle goes in. A half yawn.'The Font' cradles him. Suddenly the years flare up and are gone ; quicker than a minute . '' Good boy " said to deaf ears.

Wilfs journey completed with dignity. Laughter to the end. All dogs, all people, should go like this. Gently. Unafraid. Loved . Respected. 

Give me a couple of hours and he'll lie next to his brother, on top of the ridge, sheltered by the old oak trees. A view to the mountains . A spot where the house lights linger at night. A good place for a family hero.

219 comments:

  1. So sorry, bess.

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  2. We knew it was coming but I'm so very sad that the day has finally come.

    Goodbye, dear Wilf. Sweet dreams.

    xxxx
    (hugs for Angus and The Font).

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  3. Oh dear ANGUS. Oh dear FONT. Collective hearts from near and very far are all sad and broken this morning at the loss of our precious and oh-so-
    loved WILF. We have all been with you. I hope you know that. Of course you do. It does not matter that we have gone through the same thing with our own beloved dogs - for us, three Scotties. Each putting a new hole in our hearts when we hold them to say the final good-bye. What does matter is the love that WILF had, and the love he gave to you. And the joy we have all had on this journey with you. I send you love and so much empathy, from the Westcoast of Canada. With a very sad heart, EDENA

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  4. So sorry Angus. We knew it was coming thanks to your updates but it is still a bit of a shock.

    Such a lovely dog.

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  5. I'm so sad to read this, Angus, I'm sure there'll be a few tears shed around the world today. Thank you so much for sharing the journey with us; Wilf will be much missed.

    Kate

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  6. Au revoir mon tendre Wilfee...you will stay in my heart for the rest of my life. Je t'aime.
    All my thoughts for you, Angus and Lady Font. Many thanks for sharing with us the very last moments of such a sweet companion.

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  7. A most wonderful life he had. My most loved blog. Thank you for sharing his life with us Angus. It was like he was my own dog.

    Don't forget the tiles.

    many hugs.
    Anny+Dom

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  8. Goodbye dear, dear Wilfy. You gave so much pleasure to so many. We know you will rest in peace beside your brother and still surrounded by the love that you always enjoyed.
    To Angus (and the font), we can only thank you for sharing this journey with us, right to the end. We know that this is a doubly sad time in your household and our thoughts are with you.
    Love and hugs,
    Gail and Bertie.

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  9. Dear Angus Thank you for letting us follow to the very end. Sorry for you loss. Have enjoyed the journey with the boyz. Admire your way with words, hope to find you again on one of your blogs. All the best for the font and you from EM in Denmark

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  10. Dear Angus and “the Font”

    We are so very sorry and are thinking of you both - we'll miss your little polar bear too.

    Plato once said “A dog has the soul of a philosopher.” Wilf was that dog.

    Thank you for sharing Wilf, and also Digby, with us through your blog.

    Love
    Riley (and Fran)

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  11. Goodbye our dearest Wilfie. Brothers reunited at the bridge.
    We all knew this coming but so so sad.....
    Our love and thoughts with you Angus and Mrs Font.
    God Bless
    XXX

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  12. Dear Angus and dear Font, thanks for sharing the journey of Wilf and Digby with us. It was really emotional to share laugh, ponders and inevitably sadness with you. Thanks for having let Wilf live such a happy -- and till the very end dignified life. He was loved deeply not only by you but also by us blog readers, and I am convinced he's been very happy with you, and this is all that matters. Run free Wilf, now you can be with you brother forever. Addio Wilf. My hearth is broken. I'll be thinking of you.

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  13. I also felt as if Wilf was partly mine...and I will miss him, like I miss my Sally....thank you for sharing the doggie life journey with us.

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  14. Cannot believe it - you are my heros, letting him go like that. Thank you for letting us participate in his remarkable journey. Sending you healing thoughts - what a miracle boy to keep going for so long.
    Love Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri
    Please continue wrinting otherwise we feel even more orphaned.

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  15. Dearest Wilf, farewell dear friend, we have been with u through all these months..and indeed, ur such a lovely dog. Ever faithful of ur flock.

    Bats & Robin.

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  16. Our hearts are broken, and we know how you are feeling today. We truly loved Wilf. He had the best family, and he knew it. Run free over the rainbow bridge with Digby, Wilf. You have earned all the coconut ice cream you can eat on the other side. With all our love, Katherine, Harry, Finney(and Skye, who is waiting for you on the other side.)

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  17. Angus and the Font: Even knowing this was coming, my words fail me, and I cannot begin to express how very sorry I am--So, I won't try to explain it. I remember when Digby passed and you said 'there will be laughter and mischief in heaven tonight.' I know this will happen once again as 'the Boyz' are reunited and play the games of their youth while they wait for you and the Font at the rainbow bridge....

    Thank-you Angus for taking us along on this incredible journey and sharing Wilf (and Digby) with us. All my love and prayers are coming to you, that you find peace and comfort on this sad day.

    Our candle will be lit...God speed Wilf...

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  18. A Parable of Immortality

    I am standing upon the seashore.
    A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
    and starts for the blue ocean.

    She is an object of beauty and strength,
    and I stand and watch until at last she hangs
    like a speck of white cloud
    just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
    Then someone at my side says,
    " There she goes! "

    Gone where?

    Gone from my sight . . . that is all.

    She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
    as she was when she left my side
    and just as able to bear her load of living freight
    to the place of destination.

    Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

    And just at the moment
    when someone at my side says,
    " There she goes! "
    there are other eyes watching her coming . . .
    and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . .

    " Here she comes! "

    ~Henry Van Dyke


    And so it is for Wilf...

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  19. Dear Friends, I can hardly express my emotions as I'm not even sure what they are myself. In dying, Wilf has taught us how to live each day and find something wonderful in it. I know each step along the way as Wilf got a little worse a bit of your hearts cracked and now they are broken. I'm so thankful both of you could be there with him and that he could be at home at the end. Prayers, love and hugs go out to you from our family to yours this day. We mourn Wilf's passing but rejoice in his life. One day we'll all meet at the Rainbow Bridge.

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  20. Goodbye old friend. Happy memories & a life well lived.

    So sorry Angus, Font, family & worldwide fans.

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  21. He has laid down his heavy burden. He is at peace.
    A life well lived. The journey continues.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. All of our love, as always.

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  22. I can't begin to tell you how sad I am - for your loss, for our loss, for the end of an era. But then again, I think of memories made, togetherness, dignity, love, compassion, care, understanding, celebration, kindness. It's been a road well travelled, and well understood. May all the special times be etched into the tapestry of Wilfey's life...and yours. We love you and thank you for sharing such a special boy with us. Maxdog, Dibgy, Wilfey, Hamish...and all the other dear ones who now celebrate across that unknown Rainbow bridge. It was a life lives wholesomely, joyfully and to the full. May you be comforted in the knowledge that all your friends surround you in love at this very difficult time.
    "Fly free, darling Wilf!"
    Caryl

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  23. We've been here right along with you -

    A friend permitted her Siberian Misha to make his journey on Thursday so Wilf has some excellent company

    We'll light a candle tonight knowing W and D are together again!

    You gave Wilf the greatest gift - listening and letting go even knowing the pain it would cause -

    We owe it to them as it is such a small payment for all the love they've given - and will continue to give as their memory and spirit lives on -

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra and Phyll

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  24. I have been reading but rarely have time to comment - today I feel I must comment, I knew when I read the subject line in my Google Reader what this post was about, Wilf put up such a gallant battle and you both stood by him through it all. Wilf - you put up such a fight that I thought surely you will win this, You definitely deserve this rest - it is not a forever good-bye for we all will meet again someday over the Rainbow Bridge, Run free and forever pain-free,

    Hugs and prayers to you both.
    Kim, Shiloh'n Shasta

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  25. Dear Angus & the Font.

    I would like to offer you my poem today...because I share your heart-break and your sorrow. My sincere condolences to you all. May the love of your friends surround you...

    ---xXx---

    HEART DOG’s CROSSING by Caryl Moll
    (from 'Maxdog')

    Ship passes in the night
    touching dreams. ‘Behold the Light!’
    Stops only a little while
    to take aboard a Golden smile.

    Sails waft in gentle breeze,
    waits the dog to be at ease,
    boards the ship, the sun descending,
    to a greater mission, perhaps pending.

    Sniffing salty air of preservation,
    drops to deck to take his station.
    Captain smiles, ‘Dog’s day is done!’
    ‘But come, my boy, to another one!’

    I feel the weight of a leaded heart
    to say farewell, for now we part.
    Seagulls cry, ‘Oh! What a glow!
    His brilliant light, don’t we know!’

    In the distance, ears alert,
    eyes focussed, away from hurt
    to a bridge, to be sailed across,
    a rainbow to behold, NOT a loss!

    Barks say ‘Enter’! Up he stands.
    Sounds of welcome from distant lands.
    The sea sends back his gentle soul
    to touch my heart, to make me whole.

    ---xXx---

    With love
    Caryl

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  26. Oh Angus and the Font, that thunder must have been the preamble for the torrent of tears being shed today around the world. We've loved Wilfee like he was our own, as well as fallen hard for you, the Font, and your corner of deepest France profonde. Reading of your exquisite adventures has become a daily start to many of our days. I hope your voice will not be silenced for long. Today the world over, dogs will find themselves delighted by an unexpected treat in their bowls--coconut ice cream. And as we tousle their shaggy, silky, wiry hair, we'll imagine our final farewell to Wilf

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  27. Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamonds glint on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn's rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the sweet uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight I am the first star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I did not die.
    -Mary Elizabeth Frye

    So much laughter, so many tears.

    Godspeed, Wilf...

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  28. the tears are spilling from my eyes as I read this. What a journey this has been. Thank you for sharing your beautiful boy with us, right to the very end. He left this world the same way he lived it...with dignity and a love of the moment.

    my thoughts are with you and the 'font', saying goodbye is never easy...even after you've had over a year more than you expected to say it.

    RIP Wilfie. The joy you must feel at seeing Digby again must be overwhelming. Free from your ailing body, you are whole again.

    wags, wiggles & sorrowful slobbers
    Murphydog

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  29. Dear Angus,the font and family

    We have been following Wilf's adventures ever since the vet gave him only three days. Its has now been more than a yeaar of adventures, laughter and sharing. Thank you for letting us in your lives and that of dearest wilf, thank you for making his last days painless ones and being with him till the very end.

    May god bless all of you for your kindness and humanity.

    Stormy..

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  30. Even thought this news was expected I am shocked and saddened to read it. Thank you so much for allowing us to take this journey with you. I feel as if I have lost a member of my own "fur" family and it hurts more than I realized it would. Sweet WIlf, you are loved by so many and we will miss you but your memory will live on in all of us.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

    Many Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

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  31. a journey completed with dignity.....
    i know how difficult these days have been...like you, i wish we could all go with such dignity...
    i am so sorry for your loss...
    Wilfy and Digby together again....a soothing sound....xoxo

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  32. This is the post I never wanted to read. I'm crying as if it were my own dog who's passed. Wilf's spirit has always seemed so much larger than life, and he had the heart of a lion. Please know that I'm thinking of you during this really difficult and sad time!

    Wilf's wisdom often reminded me of The Little Prince. So, I'll close with one of my favorite quotes.

    “You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them...In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night...You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.”

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    1. What a perfect quote -- one of my favorites too.

      Joan

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  33. Dear Angus and "The Font", we will remember this blog forever. Your writing brought Wilf into our hearts and homes, and losing him today is like losing one of my own dear, dear dogs. So good that it was in his own time, in such a peaceful and loving setting. Bless you and hugs from across the many miles. Truly.

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  34. Goodbye sweet Wilf. It was a blessing to be ale to read about your journey and you were so inspirational. Even though you think you are ready for something like this, you are never really prepared to say goodbye. RIP sweet Wilf, you are with Digby now.

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  35. My dearest Wilf, the song lyrics say it best: "Unforgettable, that's what you are,.....unforgettable though near or far....Never before has someone been more...unforgettable in every way,....and forever more that's how you will stay".....There is comfort knowing Wilf and Digby are now reunited in that timeless place. Thank you Angus, for the honour and joy to follow noble Wilf as he took this journey with fortitude and wisdom. The love for Wilf will continue, of that I am certain. Much Love DBH

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  36. Part II-Unforgettable Wilf....Thank you Angus, for for the honour and joy of following noble Wilf and experience his fortitude and wisdom on his journey. The love for Wilf will continue, of this I am certain. Much Love DBH

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  37. Tears flowing this morning as if Wilf was my own dog. Much love being sent to you and 'the font.' I feel so honoered to have been part of Wilf's journey. He had such a beautiful life. One cannot regret that, but I can't grasp the thought he won't be here tomorrow.

    With love and tears,
    Nicole

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  38. Run free Wilf, coconut ice cream, croissants, squid, and everything else you've enjoyed are waiting for you along with your beloved brother. We will miss you.
    Angus and Font: Thanks for sharing the journey with us. Know that you're in our prayers this day.
    PS-we always take the sign of thunder and lightening as our family members have made it home.

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  39. I knew this morning, when I saw you were late posting.
    But I hoped I was wrong...
    Wilf did fight a lot, and enjoyed his life to the very last second.
    I feel so sorry he had to left you and the font.
    My thoughts are with you both.

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  40. Every morning I've opened this blog with fear in my heart 'will this be the day" I think to myself? I know it sounds silly to be so attached to a dog, but your love and respect of both Wilf and Digby have made them more than dogs. I feel certain your pain and his pain are mixed with joy and love as he makes his journey to the Rainbow Bridge. Much love to all of you as you both mourn and celebrate his life. I know without question he and Digby are guarding you from above. I have so enjoyed your beautiful tribute through the years. Karen & Kelly Rathje Bettendorf Iowa USA

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  41. I am sitting here crying, broken hearted, for you, the'font' for every one and me who read this blog today.It doest'n help that we knew this was coming. Wilf touched all out lives and brought so much joy. I have loved Wilf, who I never saw in person or touched his soft fur or given him hugs, yet I loved him and I will miss him forever. I have stared my day reading about Wilf for a long time, it will be so hard not to have Wilf in the mornings.

    Thank you for sharing Wilf's life with us each day. I am so sorry that you have to feel the lost in your hearts today and for some days a head.Remember you are not alone, we all are feeling the same lost.

    I hope in time you will think about having another polar bear or two and share their life with us like you did with Wilf and Digby.For some reason I can't see you not having pon in your home. You just seem the kind of people who should.

    RIP sweet Wilf, you were so loved and you will be missed so much. You want be forgotten.

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  42. my beloved tiny bear. my own.
    you were the best part of my heart.
    good bye.

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  43. Thinking of you, your wife and the family. Wilf and Digby now reunited, there will certainly be laughter and mischief in heaven tonight.

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  44. "Perhps they are not the stars, but openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones shine down to let us know they are with us." A native American saying

    I have given my dogs such hugs today after reading the news. Angus, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I think too of Wilf and know he was greeted by his brother.

    With saddness

    Susan in Boston, MA USA

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  45. "Don't cry because it's over,
    Smile because it happened."
    Dr Suess

    Vale Wilf, a life well lived..
    xxx

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  46. Weeping here - you knew him so well, he trusted you so completely - I treasure the tail wag on the arrival of the senior vet. Godspeed, Wilfee; and prayers for you, Angus and the Font in your grief. An incredible journey - an incredible dog and his brother, too. Thank you, thank you for sharing with us.

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  47. I have followed your accounts since shortly before Digby died--two years now, isn't it? After Wilf's diagnosis, so many days of grace for him, and such a beautiful time ... I knew that one morning, this would be your post, but still, it is too early.

    If ever there was a case of This Is How It Should Be, Wilf's is it. Thank you for letting us take this journey with you.

    Bird

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  48. What a good dog Wilf was. So handsome and joyful and determined. I will miss him, and I will have a half croissant in his memory when I'm in the south of France in the summer. Thank you so much for sharing him through your blog. It has been such a pleasure reading it everyday and seeing the pictures of Wilf. I particularly like how he would lay on the grass on his back with his legs in the air, all totally unselfconscious and relaxed. For me it was a kind of memento mori that, as such things should, makes one want to hold more gratefully to the pleasures of life. I am so sorry for the loss to your family. Our Westie Hamish, our own much-loved happy mini-polar bear with a bit of the Scots in him, will be held extra close today. I made a donation to my local SPCA in his memory (in Canada) because all dogs should be so very well cared for by such good and loving families.
    Thank you again for your blog. I read it every day for a year with my morning coffee, and it has touched my life.

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  49. As always a most elegantly written post. Thanks for sharing Wilf with the world. We are all with you in shedding a tear for your loss.

    Cindy

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  50. Linda Ontario, CanadaMay 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I feel much the same as expressed in the above comments. Today I'm thinking of all the animals and people I've loved who've moved on. Thinking of Wilf, Angus and the "Font". Thank you, Angus. Thank you, Wilf.

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  51. So very sad.

    Susan in Dallas

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  52. Having joyously followed Wilf's (and Digby's) antics daily, it's a sad day indeed. My deepest sympathy to you and "the font" and all who loved Wilf as if he were our own. Thank you for sharing your life with him so eloquently.
    Godspeed Wilf.
    Jan, USA

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  53. A Dog's Prayer

    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

    Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

    When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper.

    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

    And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

    --Beth Norman Harris

    Dear Angus, the font and our darling Wilf, you have touched my heart in ways that you may not know. As I wipe tears, may your days be gentle, may Wilf's spirit carry on, he was so, so loved. He was our topic at our dinner table each evening as I shared his journey with my family. He's on to his next adventure now....he will be missed.

    With love, and lots of it,
    Dianna, John, Alex, Tor, Willow and Tucker

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  54. Please know a lover of all creatures in California is sad with you.Thank you for sharing your wonderful Wilfee and your life with strangers.It has been much appreciated.

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  55. We have been faithful readers of your posts for a very long time even though we don't comment often. We are very sorry to hear about Wilf. He sure was a strong fighter. Soft woos and gentle hugs to all of you.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

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  56. Godspeed wee polar bear.
    You have been greatly loved.
    You will never be forgotten.

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  57. Of course...I weep. One cannot have been owned by a dog and had to let go of it, and not "feel" what has just happened...It all rises back up every....single...time...as if you are reliving it, along with the one who has just gone through it. I know your heart aches, and I know it was a hard day for you...but it was all beautiful in the end, and Wilf had such a story-book and well-loved ending...the way we all want life to end. Thank you for the journey shared. I hope you continue...I shall return to see...My prayers are for you today as you lay Wilf to rest beside his brother....He will continue to be in your life...the memories and moments that are woven into your story are there permanently... to revisit and smile at, anytime you choose. Hugs to you and the font. My heart is with you. God Bless....

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  58. Missing Wilf so much. Noble, brave and loving.

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  59. Sending love and prayers your way, dear Angus and Font. What a beautiful, love-filled ending to such a beautiful life. Many of your readers have come to a day like this, myself included. I hope in some mystical way you can feel the worldwide support and outpouring of love the world over. Thank you for sharing your sweet polar bear with us, for allowing us to witness Wilf's incredible journey and indomitable spirit -- we have been blessed by knowing him, even from afar. Thank you, Wilf, for teaching us about true love, and for being the best and bravest canine companion any man or woman could wish for. Tapadh leat. Tack så mycket. Merci mille fois. Thank you. Godspeed, and may your journey be gentle.

    Purple Magpie and Family in California

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  60. Love you, Wilf. It's been a good journey, and we've enjoyed sharing it with you.

    Sam

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  61. I'm so sorry. Prayers to you!

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  62. Though I have never met Wilf (or Digby) I smile when I remember your stories about them. Wilf cuddling with the owlet, the joy on the boyz's faces while playing "Plonk" by your pool or "biff" with the swing. One upping each other with the toy of the moment. I always laugh when I think about your account of walking the boyz at a hotel and the pandemonium that ensued when they smelled bacon (I think of it as the "bacon incident"!)
    Thank you Angus for sharing your stories with us. Know that "we" are thinking of you and the "font" at this time.
    Best wishes to you both.

    B from western Massachusetts.

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  63. Thank you for sharing the journey with us. I wish you peace.

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  64. To the very end... and yet no end as your loving little polar bear will stay in your hearts and ours forever. Hard to write with the hot tears streaming -- just know we're with you at this moment as we have been throughout.

    Dogs everywhere will be held a bit closer today as we share your grief and pray for the courage to be as loving and kind and respectful as you and the font have been.

    xxxx Joan

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  65. I am sorry for your loss. Tears roll down my face. Thank You for sharing Wilf's story with us. I have been happy and sad and worried and delighted right with you as I have read it every day.

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  66. We are so sorry to hear about Wilf. We know words cannot describe how much he means to you or the sadness in all of our hearts for his departure to the bridge. All of them sit at God's right hand in their well deserved spot, on His orchard lawn under His tree. Run free Wilf.

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  67. Just read some of your old posts and I had to smile - I think tonight the brothers will do some heavy rug surfing up there - stay strong. Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri

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  68. I am so sorry for your loss. Through your blog, we have all come to know and love Wilf. Thank you so much for sharing this wise old PON's journey.

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  69. I weep, no words but to say thank you for sharing your precious gift with us. God speed Wilf.
    Marci

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  70. So very sorry. Your journey with Wilf has touched my life deeply. I'll never forget.

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  71. I've been to that place where you find yourself. Painful beyond belief.

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  72. Well done, all of you. And thank you for taking us with you on this journey of love and laughter.

    Sandra

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  73. While I am so sorry that Wilf has passed over, I am so grateful that you chose to share his life stories with everyone. His daily lessons were the dessert of my day. I would read the news first, get thoroughly discouraged, and then pop over to read Wilf's wisdom. It was a comfort to know that he was living a beautiful reality in spite of his difficult health. Deepest sympathy and may God bless you and the Font during this season of double grief. Suzanne in Georgia, USA

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  74. I'v been trying to stop my tears so I can go about my morning routine and so I can write this comment, but they keep welling up. Will just have to type through watery eyes.

    I'm going to miss him so much.

    Wilf will stay in my heart forever. Truly, I will never forget Wilf, I have loved him as surely as if he were my own furry companion.

    Thank you, you have given us all a gift sharing Wilf with us the way you have, so simply, just normal day to day events for the most part, yet with so much power and emotion. You have shared the love between a man and his dog in a way that we have all fallen in love. Wilf, so strong, such determination to be with you and 'the font' for as long as possible, until he really just absolutely couldn't anymore.

    The tail wag for the vet, the half yawn. Breaks my heart even as I type the words, but gives me so much comfort also, he was content, he felt no fear, he was able to feel your love right unti his last moment on this earth. Thank you for giving him such a wonderful life and now such a wonderful parting.

    This blog is a shining example of the very best of what the Internet can be.

    Please keep writing, it won't be the same without Wilf, that is for sure, but I am going to feel such a loss without him that selfishly I want to stay connected to his family in a small way.

    Louise who is loving her little lamb of a dog even more than usual this Friday morning, in her corner of the world, Arizona, USA.

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  75. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die" Thomas Campbell

    The treasure of a small polar bear's life will live in all of our hearts. Thank you for bringing the story of this exceptional life to all of us. I am better for having known it.

    Please let us know how you and the font get on. Time is the only help for the heavy heart.

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  76. I was crying this morning because my "healthy" dog is sick and the vet and I are worried. Then saw your post and started bawling. Angus and the "Font", there are no words to express the sorrow I feel for you or how much your sharing of Wilf's jouney means. Please oh please do continue to write about yourselves, the neighbors and the village. Such excellent writing should continue to be shared.

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  77. Godspeed Wilf, you are now running free at the Bridge, with Digby and a young dog once again. We will lokk for your start inthe night sky.

    Wilf you can truly say;

    2 Timothy 4:7
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

    Our deepest sympathy, you have taken such good care of Digny and now Wilf. God Bless you and God Bless Wilf & Digny

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  78. My tears are still flowing...such sad news this morning. I am going to miss Wilf more than you will ever know. My heart breaks for you, but know that he is in a happy place with his brother and with my own bow wows that have passed....it's truly going to be a party in heaven tonight.
    He was loved by all who knew him, we couldn't help it. I am sure there will be a constant trek under the old oak trees by the absinthe crowd, and the cafe waitress and of course Madame Bay, to spend time with the boys in restful peace.
    I had hoped to meet Wilf later this year when I travel to France...the gentle loving courageous polar bear...what a great inspiration he was.
    My sincerest sympathy to both you and the font at this time.
    Love from the heart of the Caribbean.....Always, Virginia
    P.S. Please continue to write again when you can, as I enjoy your writings every day.

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  79. I'm Sorry. He loved you and you loved him.

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  80. Oh Dear Wilf, My Vickie cannot find the words to tell you what is in her heart this day. The human heart is so tender in regards to us. I feel like I am loosing another friend, but just for the time being.

    My sweet Jamie will be joining you soon on the other side of the bridge, I hope you will greet her and show her around.

    My Vickie sends her love to your human and wants to tell her that she is sure Wilf was at peace because you were at his side as he passed over.

    She promises me and Sweet Jamie that she too will be there with us, when that time comes, if she doesn't go first. (I plan on outliving them all. he he)

    We are all sending our love and hopes for peace in all of your hearts.

    Love
    Bert
    Utah USA

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  81. I am so very sorry - hugs to you both. What wonderful life you gave him and I know the memories will be forever cherished. Thank you for sharing the journey with us. I have been more than blessed by your blog and sharing of both Wilf & Digby's lives.
    Susan, Jack, and Mickey (the Wheatie) in North Carolina

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    1. Can't find the comment box - so sorry- hope this will work.I saw the news on Pete's blog .Dear Angus and the font, how very sad I am for you - and for myself .O dear, how we all have loved Wild and his travels.May he rest peacefully and look down with a heart full of love on you.Sending you lots of strenght and love.Bea.

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  82. Thinking of you - know how you feel; just had a loss myself...
    I just went a little step
    and not very far
    And when you get here
    where I am now
    you will ask yourself:
    why did I cry...
    RIP
    ~.♦.~
    Beatrice

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  83. Oh Angus, I am so sorry to read this post. He was a real little trouper wasn't he. The brothers are finally together again. My love to you, The Font and the family at this very sad time :( Sue x x x

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  84. We knew so long it was coming, Wilfee's time to go, but here I am, wordless. I will paraphrase from Rick Bass's The Odyssey as Homer the hound speaks "When we sleep for good, I would like a tree. I would like Digby to have a tree too. We can be side by side, on one of the hills that we used to explore. My tree will be bigger, I loved him more."

    My sad heart sends condolences to you, the Font and the rest of our international family.


    Jo, Stella and Zkhat
    Minnesota, USA

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  85. I'm so sorry. Thank you for letting us know Wilf.

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  86. So far away, yet Wilf has become a big part of our lives. Our hearts break with your own. You and the Font have honored his love and devotion the way good friend's should. No one could have done more. He was a happy boy, and no doubt, reunited with Digby now, he will remain so. I do believe you will see them both again, Angus. Much love and prayers for you all today. From Edward and Apple as well.

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  87. What a beautiful journey we all went on with Wilf it was such a pleasure to know him so well through your eyes. You must know many people are thinking about you and the Font right about now. Never easy for us but we must carry on it's all we can do in times of such loss and sadness.

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  88. Our hearts are just shattered for you because we know how very hard this is. I just know that angel Maggie was right there at the Rainbow Bridge to welcome Wilf and introduce him to all of her friends.
    Godspeed, Wilf. You will be missed.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch, Molly and Sue

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  89. Even though we all knew that Wilf was reaching the end of his journey it was still a shock to read your words today. I was expecting (read hoping)for Wilf to rally.

    What an enormous gap Wilf will leave in your lives. We are privileged to have been part of Wilf's journey. Thank you for sharing him with us all and allowing us to be part of the good times and the challenging ones. Wilf was fortunate to have had such caring friends.

    With very best wishes

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  90. Milodog, Pippin & FreddieMay 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Goodnight little one. Sleep tight. X

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  91. My husband and I will raise a pint tonite for the beautiful companion named Wilf~Thank you Angus for taking us with you~ love from New England♥

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  92. My heart feels heavy with dear Wilfs passing bringing back memories of faithful friends that have left us in the past, it never gets easier. But a time of rejoicing is here as two faithful brothers are reunited. There will indeed be mischief in heaven tonight. Thank you both for sharing your journey. God bless Wilf and Digby.

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  93. So sorry Angus and 'The Font'on your very difficult fortnight. There will be double the laughter in heaven tonight, boyz reunited :)
    Bev and Roo

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  94. Once again there will be uproarious laughter in heaven tonight! Cloud surfing with Digby and touch rugby with the angels. Sight restored as they slide down a coconut ice cream mountain on a bacon toboggan.

    Thank you for letting us share in the lives of your beautiful PON boys. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  95. Forever in ours Hearts....Susan and Emma

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  96. i knew when I checked as usual 7.30 this morning and you hadn't posted that this would be the last day...what can I say that hasn't already been said...sending the usual hug and love to you all...xx.

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  97. I've come over from Pamela Terry's blog. I'm so sorry for your loss, and touched by the gentle end your dear Wilf had. When our old D'Arcy's time came, that one spry Cairn went out, like your Wilf, into the garden, wanting to lie in the sunshine one last time, I guess.
    We're so lucky to have had such faithful companions.

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  98. Many wishes of peace and loving memories to you. Such beautiful gifts in the messages left for you & Wilf. I will honor him with more hugs than usual and an extra treat, or two, for the our well-loved Cody in honor of Wilf and love so well shared.

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  99. My sympathies for your loss. But you do understand his passing and it was easy. I too am waiting for word about my seventeen year old feline companion. She is showing many of the same symptoms that your Wilf had. Finding your blog by accident is a fore telling moment.

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  100. My heart goes out to you and your family. Thank you for sharing this very intimate journey with Wilf.

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  101. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=FBC

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    1. Please feel free to 'light' a candle and pause awhile to think of dearest Wilf and his beloved family through this link above.

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  102. Dear Angus and The Font, I have followed Wilf's journey since Digby went over the Rainbow Bridge and never commented. Thank you so much for sharing Wilf's life with us. He is such a treasure. I have three dogs so I miss Wilf as if he where my own. God's speed to you both. Please continue to write.
    Thank You for sharing Wilf. Pat

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  103. So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Wilf's journey with us. His doggy ways brought a little smile to my face every time I read your updates. His life was appreciated by so many and so far away too :) Hugs from Nigeria.

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  104. Thinking of you and the Font today, and all of Wilf's friends in your village. Pamela and I have so enjoyed following Wilf's adventures, so eloquently shared here. Here's to the brave, noble, and funny little Pon that has so warmed our hearts. He won't be forgotten on this side of the pond.

    Sincerely,

    Pat Terry (The Songwriter)

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  105. oh Angus,

    My heart is broken...I never met Wilf in real life and yet each and every day I have turned in here to follow the journey of fisrt Digby and Wilf and then just Wilf. Your wit, wisdom and prose made Wild seem like her belonged to all of us.

    As I site and type I have tears streaming down my face as if I have lost my own pup.

    To say Wilf was special would be an understatement. Thank you Angus and the Font for sharing your pup and your journey with us.

    Wilf, we will miss you but I am sure that you are froliking with Digby.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Angus and the Font on the sad day, Elizabeth

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  106. Oh how lucky for you to have loved and been loved by Wilf. I'm sure you are thanking him for all the memories.

    A dog lover from across the pond,
    Marlene

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  107. Wilf is a hero to us all. I'm smiling thinking of him and Digby encircled in light from your house. Always with you. Sending strength and wisdom to you and 'the font' during this most difficult time. Thank you, Angus.

    Lisa and the rotties in L.A.

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  108. Wilf you put up a brave fight. You were an amazing companion and have always put a smile on my face.
    Run free with your brother.
    Our thoughts are with you all during this time.
    Big hugs and giant kisses to you all.

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  109. Thank you for sharing your story of Wilf and his wonderful life, Your posts brought a smile to my face each day and helped us feel more at home in France after our move (with our dog) to Provence from Australia. Will be thinking of you and the font. Please keep writing - Wilf will never be forgotten here.

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  110. So sorry Angus. I have been where you are and I know how raw it feels.

    I thank you and Wilf for the one saying I will try to always remember: always be kind for everyone is fighting their own hard battle.

    Wilf is free from his battles but what a wonderful life he had with you.

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  111. A life well loved.

    Bonnie, Kenzie, Pam and the Mr.

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  112. So very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. You were brave to share his beautiful story. He will not be forgotten.

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  113. I can't add anything better said than what's already been written here. Wilf brought hearts around the world together, and today all of us from far-flung corners of the earth grieve with you. Thank you for sharing Wilf with us. KF, Colorado, USA

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  114. Dear Angus..My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. I am so glad that Wilf spent his last moments with you by his side. "What the heart has once known and loved it shall never forget." Take care.

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  115. Oh Angus

    I am deeply saddened by your news. I saw it on House of Edward first. I am so truly sorry for your loss. You spoke beautiful about your beloved friend and I would hope that when that times comes someday for my own beloved Katie, I hope I have as much dignity, strength, and grace as you and "the font" have shown. God Speed to you both!

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  116. Oh, how I prayed this day would never come! I grieve as though Wilf where my own well-loved companion, just as I did when Digby passed. I have followed this blog for so many years you all feel like family to me. And from all the comments shared, many many more folks feel the same. We are holding an international memorial to honor Wilf today. He deserves our tears and our remembrances! What an amazing dog on an amazing journey with a wonderful brother and incredible owners. Angus, thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful Pons with all of us. Your writing is luminous and I have imagined myself a neighbor living just down the lane from all of you all these many months. Wilf soldiered on so bravely until he arrived at this morning. Time for rest. Time for restoration. Time for reuniting. Time for revelry. I will miss him always and never forget all that I have learned through his eyes. Rest in peace, sweet beloved friend, at long last. Hugs and prayers for the two broken hearts left behind. We all stand beside you, in spirit, joined by the pain of loss. Thank you, Wilf, and Digby, too, for all the joy you have brought to so many corners of the world.

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  117. A loving farewell to your dear Whilf. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

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  118. Angus,
    I had read your site a few times, referred by The House of Edward. I am so sad to hear of your loss. Your dear sweet friend is no doubt in heaven awaiting your arrival. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
    Karen

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  119. So sorry for you lose. Our dogs are so special in our hearts and soul. They are with us forever.

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  120. I cried like I had lost my own dear Alfie. Wilf has been a joy in my life for so many mornings. I will miss him so much.

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  121. the day finally came.....with dignity

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  122. Angus, thank you for being the most eloquent of tellers of Wilf's life and for sharing with us the gentlest of final days. No doubt there is much joy and laughter in heaven tonight to balance our tears here on earth.

    Wilf, Angus, the Font these words are for you:

    "He knelt down beside him and took his head on his lap. He stroked Beaumont's head and said, 'Hark to Beaumont. Softly, Beaumont, mon ami. Oyez a Beaumont the valiant. Swef, le douce Beaumont, swef, swef.' Beaumont licked his hand but could not wag his tail. The huntsman nodded to Robin, who was standing behind, and held the hound's eyes with his own. He said, 'Good dog, Beaumont the valiant, sleep now, old friend Beaumont, good old dog.' Then Robin's falchion let Beaumont out of this world, to run free with Orion and to roll among the stars."

    from The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White

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  123. i discovered your blog a couple months ago and have become very attached to wilf. i love the story of his life through your eyes. makes me so sad that he is not long for this world but I know that he has had the most amazing journey. thanks for sharing.

    Lexi
    San Francisco, CA USA

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  124. Not only will you be missed by your Angus and the Font but we will all miss you too.
    The tales of your gentle morning walks with a tasty croissant to enjoy at the cafe and the lovely photos showing your dear face on each days blog post, we loved them all.
    Run free Wilf.
    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

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  125. Heartfelt tears fall here in northern california. I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now and look foward to your words every day. I too love my furry dear puppy zephy...he is the same age as Wilf and appretiate your description of the love and wisdom our dogs share with us. The story you have shared here is so very beautiful and touched me in a very special way. As you said Angus all people and pets should be so blessed to say good bye in peace as Wilf did today surrounded by love. Thank you ever so much for sharing Wilf and may God bless you and 'the Font' in this time. I will look foward to reading more of your lovely words...
    Sheri from rocklin,california

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  126. Your breaking heart is Wilf moving from the world where you can touch him into the world where you can only miss him, love him, want him.

    Sorry for your loss.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  127. Goodnight sweet prince...you will never know what an inspiration you have been.

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  128. I read this early this morning and couldn't comment, I went into the garden and cried. The tears are here again. I wish all of you peace. I will miss all of you. jd

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  129. I have dreaded this day for so long. And yet, I've cherished each day of his long journey to this. When I started reading this blog it was just after he was diagnosed. I whispered under my breath. Thank god its not one of mine yet. I read each day in anticipation of hearing that he was still doing well. And yet....the end that was suppose to be so close....was delayed by all your love and care and he had sooooo many good days. Last summer...I suddenly lost one of my own dogs....shocked and heartbroken...I thought...how could I have been worried so about Wilf and grateful not to go through that yet....and then boom....I was there in a day and he was gone. I would give anything to have had a year to say goodbye for my Newman to lay his head in my lap for the last time and sleep. He died alone at the vet...none of including the vet thinking he was about to die. I never would have left him if I'd thought that.

    You are so lucky...you had him home and he was happy till the end. A true blessing. Take care of yourself. I know even though you've had all this time...it still hurts very very much. My thoughts are with you.

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  130. A letter from the Post Office...this is absolutely the best!!
    We don't know who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office:-

    Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month.
    The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.
    She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her.
    I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

    Dear God,
    Will you please take care of my dog?
    She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.
    I miss her very much.
    I 'm happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
    I hope you will play with her.
    She likes to swim and play with balls.
    I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog.
    I really miss her.
    Love, Meredith

    We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey & Meredith , addressed it to God/Heaven.
    We put our return address on it.
    Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.
    A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet.
    I told her that I thought He had.

    Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand.
    Meredith opened it.
    Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.'
    Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope.
    On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

    Dear Meredith,
    Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.
    Abbey isn't sick anymore.
    Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.
    Abbey loved being your dog.
    Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in so I'm sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
    Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.
    What a wonderful mother you have.
    I picked her especially for you.
    I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.
    By the way, I'm easy to find.
    I am wherever there is love.

    Love,
    God

    A friend sent this to me the other day - I don't know if it will help, but I thought it might. I've only just found your blog today (of all days) and wanted to send my (our - me, my better half, & our 2 miniature poodles Smokey and The Bandit) commiserations. The BH & I lost our previous 2 dogs about 3 or 4 years ago, and cried for weeks, but we adopted the present ones a few months later, and it was the best thing - their previous owners were moving abroad, and they needed to be rehomed together as they're litter mates, and we needed to fill the holes on our lives left by the other two. I'll have to look at Wilf's previous blogs - he looks gorgeous. Love and prayers from mid-Wales. I'm not blogging myself yet, but will be soon, and will be following our 'boyz' progress, probably.

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  131. So very very sorry. You have such a way with words....I'm almost at peace with this :( My most heartfelt sympathy for you and your "font". Sweet Wilf :)

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  132. Dear Angus and "the font",

    There really are no words to convey what a deep loss I feel over your Wilf's passing. As others have stated he feels like "our Wilf".

    Almost every day, I was delighted to hear of your little polar bear's activities and delight in his life. I feel such a tremendous loss to know checking on beloved Wilf has come to an end. I hope you continue to write and we are here for you in your grief.

    You gave Wilf the absolute best life with the best care possible. You are truly special people! I didn't find your blog when you had Digby, but I imagine he too led an incredible life.

    I hope it gives you some measure of comfort to know your grief is shared. Sharing your Wilf has created a community of love.

    We lost our diabetic Old English Sheepdog, Hannah, back in August and I know she along with her Sister's are on the welcoming committee for Wilf. I can imagine them running and eating croissants and cocoanut icecream and maybe some steak and chicken too, lol.

    I'm glad you're going on a trip. That's what we did and the distraction was a good thing. Try to do good things for yourselves. I know that Wilf would want that and will always be watching over you from the highest place above.

    Deepest condolences! Two Old English Sheepdogs and Their Mom

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  133. I am a friend of Edward's and Pamela's...... my heart wrenches for you for your loss.
    These little heart beats at our heels....

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  134. Knowing it is coming and reading it has happened are not the same thing - more tears from down here. Tinged witha sweet relief that you were both there, that it felt so right for it to happen at home, surrounded by love and we all know he is now running free with Digby.
    Meanwhile we are all thinking of you both as you face the loss together.
    Please dont leave us all too Angus
    x

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  135. We are sorry to hear about the bridge crossing, but we know they will be in your heart fur-ever.

    Essex & Sherman

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  136. I came over from Pamela's and I am so sorry. I knew of Wilf through her and I know what a friend he was to many. I lost my beloved Scottie Carole Anne a few years back and know how heart-wrenching it is.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  137. So sad to read that this moment has come that we say goodbye to Wilf. Your blog has been our constant source of inspiration on how to see everyday as beautiful and that what always matters is the good things no matter how small.

    Thank you Angus for allowing us to join you in Wilf's journey. It sure has been a wonderful one. For sharing your adventures with the Font, Digby and Wilf. You always have the right words at very timely moments. Thank you and we hope that we will continue to read your posts,

    Run free, Wilf! We can picture you having lots of fun now with Digby and watching over Angus and the Font. The sky will be a lot brighter now as you light us the heavens, Wilf.

    Love,
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

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  138. Dear Angus

    Words cannot convey my sorrow at hearing of the death of Wilf.
    You are the best pet owners I know. You gave of yourselves for Wilf and I know having a sick dog is not easy.

    We nursed our previous dog, Digger, a hound mix, for two years and when he died at 16 yrs. we were grief stricken and took a long time to heal and get over the loss. We were also reluctant to rescue another dog. In our minds, we had forgotten what a healthy dog was. Eventually we rescued Spice Girl, a beagle/hound mix and she is a gem. Very different from Digger, who was "the man".

    In closing, I will keep you in prayer and I have a candle burning in honour of Wilf and you.

    Helen xx

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  139. Oh, I am so very, very sorry. I know; it's heartbreaking. Sometimes I don't know how we can go through it over and over. Such pure love and the years fly by.

    When we first moved to France we arrived with three dogs from the Bedford, NY, SPCA and two of them -- a brother and sister-- looked exactly like your handsome Wilf.

    I shall now thank dearest Pamela for leading me to you.

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  140. Angus, I don't even know you, but I feel you and I am so sad you have lost your best friend, that beautiful dog, Wilf. I, too, believe this is the correct way to exit our time on Earth. I am sending love from Texas and look forward to knowing you better. And, I'm asking our Lord to look after your puppies. Marsha

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  141. I am terribly sorry to hear this. I know hard it was for you to go through this, again. May they play together on the other side of the rainbow bridge and wait for you.

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  142. My heart is heavy for your loss, Just think of Wilf's spirit Flying to the other side.
    Sondra in Montana

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  143. This Morning

    Oh, this life,
    the now,
    this morning,

    which I
    can turn
    into forever

    by simply
    loving
    what is here,

    is gone
    by noon.

    David Budbill

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  144. Many tears shed, but what an amazing PON to be loved so universally. Every night, when I've walked my dog (Ralph) I would pour a drink and read the day's update. I will miss you so much, Wilf, but hope you're having fun with Digby. Thanks to you also, Angus (and the Font) for your lovely writing, so gentle, warm, and funny. A tribute also to your wonderful followers, how wonderfully expressive they are. I feel the pain of your loss as Ralph is 15 now and I can't bear the thought of that time when it comes. OK, more tears ... Pauline (and Ralph) xox

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  145. TEARS, just lots of tears reading this. i am so very sorry. You have my sympathy for a friend that I know you will remmember always. I do hope there is a rainbow bridge, where we will meet our loved pets again

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  146. He was beautiful.

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  147. A dignified end to a delightful character. Condolences in your sadness, Angus.

    May you enjoy a world of endless walks and half croissants, Wilf.

    Blessings and Bear hugs, all.

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  148. So sorry for you, with Wilf now gone. I have been such a follower and have loved Digby and Wilf like they were my own. My tears are flowing, but it a comfort to look at past happy pictures of dear sweet Wilf and know that those two brothers are once again reunited. You and the "font" have been the luckiest dog owners to have had those dear ones, and them for having you!!!! Please keep in touch with all us devoted readers, we love you so and feel your pain.

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  149. So very sorry that this day had to come.

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  150. Angus....
    My eyes are tearing up. This is a well-written, heartfelt Blog post. I heard about your deep loss of Wilf from Kim, Shiloh and Shasta. Please accept my condolences.... It is so painful to, not only watch a beloved dog age and slowly slip away, but, also grieve their passing....
    ~Raelyn and Rose

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  151. Goodnight, sweet Wilf.

    Another loss, another piece of shrapnel in the heart. Hope the community that is surrounding you with love right now helps with the healing.

    Jed & Abby

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  152. Sarah from Kentucky, USMay 19, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    Angus,Font: We are so very sorry for your loss today. Wilfie has touched so many lives and given us courage and a laugh when we needed it most it seems. I'm sure his brother was there to meet him at the bridge and with that old sick body shed, he must be running some where playing and waiting for you. I hope you'll continue the blog with a new soul. There is someone out there who needs your love and would continue the teaching that Wilfie began. Bless you all and know that tears where shed everywhere across the world today for your family.

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  153. In our house, it has been my habit to check in on your blog every day and then share with my husband how Wilf has been faring. Today is a sad day here in our wee corner of the world as it is in so many other places. Wilf touched our lives through your words.

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  154. So sorry to read this news. Thank you for sharing such a powerful love story with us all.

    Sam and Pippen

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  155. I have been following your daily comments since Wilfie's brother passed on. I felt I knew him well by reading, with joy and some laughter, your daily posts. After reading today's news, I realized that I loved him too. My thoughts are with you and the font during your bereavement.
    With Loving Tenderness, Carolyn from NC, USA

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  156. It is so very difficult to lose our beloved companions! Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

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  157. Knowing it was coming has not helped the loss we are all experiencing around the world one little bit - many people will be crying with you and for you today.
    Your beautiful writing and wisdom, your love for Wilf and Digby, have lured us into your world.
    I cannot imagine how you have both coped this last fortnight - but as a vet and a dog owner, I know that you did everything right, that it went as well as it can go, surrounded by those he loved in a familiar place . You did him proud - the thought of the spot on the ridge with them both there together again is comforting, even as we cry.

    Please don't leave us too Angus - you and the font's journey continues together and fear of losing your wisdom and writing makes our ability to cope harder!

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  158. Wilf will be missed greatly by all of us. He was a real trooper. A shining example of true loves strength. Thank you for sharing him with us. You and the Font are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Emma Rose and the Duchess

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  159. Thank you for sharing this with us, Angus. Wilf had a beautiful life and your words regarding his death and how it should be for all of us are so true. Happy trails, dear Wilf.

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  160. Dear Angus and "the Font",
    I am so sorry for loss. I have been reading your blog for years and I feel your loss. Your dogs have been my dogs and where I live now I cannot have one. I will miss Wilfs adventures.

    All my love

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  161. Few have taught me more. Thank you Wilfie , Angus and Mme Font for sharing your lives and this beautiful story. With heavy hearts, your followers and friends in San Francisco, Shelby and Jakey Boy

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  162. Thru my tears, thank you Angus for sharing your life with Digby and Wilf. I joined the journey shortly after you moved to France. I cried for Digby and worried for Wilf. Your stories and pictures were my bright spot through my husbands illness and passing last summer.Your boys will join my memories of my beloved pets.They are all in heaven,now. All my best to you and your family. What a hard month you have had. Fay in Redding,CA

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  163. Our thoughts are with you at this heart breaking time.
    Love and Hugs
    George and Tess xxxx

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  164. Tears are falling here in NZ too. Thank you for sharing Wilfies journey with us, he was a special boy who touched our hearts, and we will miss his lovely face.

    RIP buddy.
    love
    Julie and Poppy Q

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  165. I wanted to tell you that I am sending you huggs and love from across the world. You do not know me. I have never visited you before, but something drew me to read a post,,, that made me want to run to you. I wanted to tell you how sorry I am.
    You gave the most unselfish love ever for Wilf.
    I know your heart is breaking,, and I wanted to let you know how much we care
    love
    tweedles

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  166. Thankyou so much for the journey, Rest Dear Wilf..... I have watched and read a dear dog and his owner through his dear friends last days.

    Thankyou for letting us into your lives

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  167. Oh, sweet Wilf. . . I am crying for you. Maybe you will meet my little Scottie boy Eddie - You will have a good time together.

    Judi in Maine

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  168. Farewell Wilf you most wonderful fella, reunited with Digby run free and thank you for all thethe wonderful moments, I think you may be taking a litte piece of many hearts with you. Xxx

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  169. Hello All, we came over from Quirkey Quartet to send our sincere sympathy on your Wilf passing to the Rainbow Bridge. So sorry for your loss. He certainly was loved. Love Stella and Rory

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  170. My tears continue to fall....the love for Wilf will never be broken. Thank you for sharing your family's adventures throughout the years. I found your blog one night while I searched for info on living with blind dogs, and I was smitten with Wilf from then, he had so much in common with my own blind Shaggy. From then on your blog became my morning ritual. Thank you for the comfort and strength that both you and Wilf gave to me throughout my own trying times with my boy.
    The picture on the Christmas cards that you ordered is how I will remember Digby and Wilf.
    Dear Angus and Font, I will be looking forward to reading your new blog in the future and I am so happy that you are not leaving us totally. Safe travels until we meet again.
    Rest in peace Wilfee.
    Love always, Virginia
    P.S. I will be in France in September.

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  171. Tears here too, in Tennessee... Thank you Angus for sharing your incredible journey with the boyz. What a sweet and amazing gift you have given us.

    I am sending prayers your way, for strength and peace as you and the font travel the days ahead without your family fellow by your side.

    With Love, sorrow and gratitude,
    Treacy

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  172. So sorry to hear of Wilf's passing.

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  173. We are so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Wilf and your lives with us.

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

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  174. I am so sorry for your loss. I am truly at a loss for words. You are in my thoughts.
    ~Maggie

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  175. We are so sorry for your loss. But what a wonderful life filled with love and adventure. Memories to hold close.

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  176. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. my favorite blog. I will miss you so much. Angus and The Font are in my thoughts. Hate to think of a week without messages about your nibbles and your wanderings around your village. Rest in peace dear friend.
    Cindyin CA

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  177. Dear Angus and the Font. My deepest sympathies. This is the price we must pay for the joy they bring into our lives. It's a heavy price but it compares nothing to the brightness and love they share with us, unconditionally.
    Much love to you and to Wilf and Digby.
    Julie, Loki and Juno

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  178. This was the first time I ever read your blog. Found it from a friend today. I have to say how very sad I am for you. What a lovely little friend Wilf was. Thank you for sharing his last moments with us!

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  179. An amazing & beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry he's gone to be with his brother so quickly. May your happy memories begin to fill the hole in your heart. We are out here, strangers, thinking of you.

    Oskar & Pam

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  180. I just popped over from Silverwalks' blog to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I did not know Wilf but am sure he will always be the hero in your hearts!

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  181. The Bougalou BearMay 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Softly, softly, down the old roman road and into eternity...
    Repose doucement Wilfee, safe in the hearts of all those who loved you.
    Adieu.

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  182. Bless you both...and bless dear, sweet Wilfy. His joyous and happy spirit has and will be remembered in so many hearts forever...thank you so much for sharing him with us all, it has been a very special journey to walk through with all of you...and one that will be cherished...he will be so very missed.
    Much love and comfort to you...♥
    xo J~

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  183. Deeply saddened by your news. You did him proud...which is the best one can ever hope to do.

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  184. I'm so sorry, Angus! I'm crying now because, even though I never met you or Wilf and we live so very far apart, I truly did love him with all of my heart. I'll light a candle for Wilf.

    You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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  185. Through tears, with love and respect and incredible admiration, we say: thank you for letting us be privy to your journey, your amazing life and your tender gentle death. We will miss Wilf. His memory will long live in our hearts and the important things that he has taught us about life will stay with us, always.

    xx
    Sally and Nina, Jake and Fergi

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  186. What a wonderful tribute to Wilf and Digby...for those boyz to have touched so many is truely a blessing. Thank you.

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  187. Angus, I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing Wilf's soulful face and reading your wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Wilf and Digby are most certainly together again, watching over you.

    Susan and Teddy

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  188. Wilfie and Digby....you two are together again...running, jumping, nipping and play bowing with the sun of your sweet faces. We have loved you from the day we met you.

    You are surrounded by love.

    To your Peeps....we've read of you adventures and Misadventure in other lands and of the heroics of these canine companions. They are both at Peace. This blog has been amazing...full of love, pathos and extraordinary devotion.

    We love you all!
    Scruffy, Lacie, Stanley and their Mumsie

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  189. Wilfie and Digby....you two are together again...running, jumping, nipping and play bowing with the sun of your sweet faces. We have loved you from the day we met you.

    You are surrounded by love.

    To your Peeps....we've read of you adventures and Misadventure in other lands and of the heroics of these canine companions. They are both at Peace. This blog has been amazing...full of love, pathos and extraordinary devotion.

    We love you all!
    Scruffy, Lacie, Stanley and their Mumsie

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  190. My heart goes out to you.

    Douglas in Reykjavík

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