Went to the Rainbow Bridge on 30.1.2009
Amy says, "I am writing with the sad news that Nugget has gone to Rainbow Bridge.
Nugget came to me 3 years ago as a sprightly 10 year old.  His previous owner had been an elderly lady who died and Nugget was left alone in the house with her for a few days. We think that Nugget was shut in a separate room and couldn't get to his mum as he would become very stressed if he could not reach me. He spent 2 weeks with our family before moving on to another foster family. Sadly this didn't work out and Nugget got very low and depressed...he had already decided we were his family so home he came with his tail wagging.

Within the first month of being back with us Nugget had an operation to remove 6 tumours. Although the operation went well, Nugget haemorrhaged in the night so we had to rush him to the emergency vet where he was operated on was touch and go but the big man made it through.
2 1/2 weeks after his op we took Nugget to the IRR reunion where he and I entered 2 obedience tests and guess what??? we won both of them...I reckon it was purely because he wouldn't leave my side during the heelwork.

Over the last year Nugget has suffered more and more with pain in his hips and back knees. We tried various medications, a magnetic collar and homeopathic remedies but this last week it became obvious that nothing was working and Nugget was getting tired.
The vet gave him a steroid injection which meant that, for the last couple of days with us, Nugget could at least move around.

Even at the end his tail was wagging...he was always such a happy boy, his tail constantly whipping, his bottom going with it! He would make silly noises and look at you with pure love in his eyes.
I will miss his snoring.

I will miss hearing his nails tip tapping along the floor.
I will miss hearing him bark, like a seal, when I pull up in my car.
I will miss his hair all over my house.
I will miss the way his whole body wags.
I will miss his brothers and sisters cleaning his face and ears.
I will miss the way he told the world where he was on a walk.
I will miss his eyes, so full of love.
I will miss him.
I cannot begin to describe the joy he brought to our lives.

 Nugget has gone
I sit and try to write the words, I want your heart to hear.
Hoping to find some comfort, in the fact that your not here.
I look out into the open field, that you once occupied,
Knowing now that field is empty, because my love, you've died.
I do believe with all my heart, that your soul has gone to be,
With all the other angel dogs, that you were meant to see.
We will have to stay behind, until God calls us too,
So do not be afraid, that he's only called for you.
That one day our eyes will shut one last time,
and you will come greet us, angel of mine.
Until then, I'll keep trying to see through my tears,
with memories you left us, to reflect through the years.
We'll never forget one minute we spent,
of loving and laughing, of places we went.
And I dread the day that your scent disappears,
for it's "proof" to me, Nugget, that you were just here!
But one day will come, when we'll start to see through,
the pain of the moment, and remember just "you".
Now you go and play, and look down when you can,
remembering we love you, and this isn't the end.

 “From Nugget with help from Aunty Wendy"


I felt so alone when my owner died,
I was so sad that I just sat and cried.

But Mum, you gave me a home when I thought nobody cared,
You took me in to your home and your love I shared.

You showed how much you loved me, which grew every day,
We grew very close together in every way.

You have done more for me than most owners would,
and you have been so special and so very good.

I have been very poorly many times too,
But you have been so good to me and nursed me through.

You know I will be just a whisper away,
and you may feel my spirit during the day.

Please don't feel guilty it was my time to leave,
but I know that you will want to grieve.

I know that one day we will meet again,
and I hope knowing this will ease your pain.

But knowing you has been such a pleasure,
and the memories are there for you to treasure.

I have loved you more than words can say,
and I will think of you each and every day.

I will always stay very close to you,
you will feel all the love that I have for you.

I am running and playing once again,
and you will be happy to know I am no longer in pain.

Just think of me as the gentle breeze that blows,
the sun that shines, and the river that flows.

You have had a terrible time with me of late,
but Heaven called and could not wait.

Thank you again for all you have done,
you certainly were my very, very 'Special Mum'.

Lots of Love from your 'Boy Nugget' xxxxxx


I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "it's me."

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.

It's possible for me to be near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew,
in the stillness of the evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be with me.

-Author Unknown-

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