Dazzle - went to Rainbow Bridge 23 September 2016

          Penny– reunited with him at Rainbow Bridge 15 April 2017

Di remembers “Just before Easter 2007, we said “goodbye” to our lovely Goldie girl.
The house fell silent and the hoover became semi redundant.

“No more dogs” we promised ourselves but that sentiment soon changed and it wasn’t
long before an application to adopt was soon winging its way to IRR.

After a successful homecheck, we were told that Penny might be the girlie for us but
there was a slight catch! Pauline, in Bath, was fostering Penny and another stray called
Dazzle and she wanted them rehomed as a pair. This was not part of our original plan
but we paid a preliminary visit to meet them both and it was pretty much love at first sight.

One week later, on a beautiful warm sunny Saturday in July, we collected them from Pauline
and brought them home.They spent the afternoon playing in the garden. We thought they
would be exhausted and would sleep all night. Wrong!

Next morning, chaos in the kitchen. The shattered remains of a crystal fruit bowl on
the floor. A loaf of bread devoured!  Amazingly, no cuts or injuries!

One week later, the floods hit the county. The back garden turned into a swamp. Mud
glorious mud. Doggie heaven!

Only a couple of days later, I returned home to find the foam stuffing from the seat of a
cane sofa has been systematically disembowelled! The perpetrators watched intently
with their innocent ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ expression as I started the clean up operation.

This set a pattern of mild destruction for the next month or so. We learnt many things about
our new companions:-

That Penny was the ring leader and the brains behind the operation.

That they operated as a team. If something was not at floor level, Dazzle used his height to counter surf and remove it.

That anything edible got eaten.

That anything not edible got eaten (or chewed up).

Everything that wasn’t bolted or glued down had to be removed to a safe place where
prying paws couldn't reach!

A few weeks later, after another joint assault on the sofa, it was finally consigned to that
great sofa bed in the sky! Their loss!

But this was all part of the settling in process and, eventually, they became calmer and
less destructive when they realised this was their forever home. They played with each
other constantly. They played with our grandchildren and our son’s 2 Beagles. They
enjoyed a week by the sea in Devon and, of course, they went with us to the IRR Reunions.

Happy bouncy boy Dazzle simply loved everyone. He was a gentle cuddle monster without
a bad bone in his body.  Penny was less enamoured of humans until later in life but she
did love her ball, it provided her with years of pleasure. When she was younger, she made a habit of sitting on Dazzle - not that he minded.

But, inevitably, things changed, age slowed them down and they no longer played with each other so much.

Dazzle developed dementia and over a period of 4 months, gradually lost all memory and recognition. The time came
to say “goodbye”.

Then just over 6 months later, in a cruel twist of fate and due to a sudden fatal illness, Penny joined him at the Bridge.
It was a huge, unexpected shock.

And now the house is silent again and the hoover is once more semi redundant. There are no more smiling faces and waggy
tails to greet us every day.

Penny and Dazzle have left a gaping hole in our lives that can never be filled. They will never be forgotten and our many
photos, videos and memories will always remind us of 2 very special dogs who came into our lives nearly 10 years ago.
We miss them beyond belief but if there is a consolation, they are together at the Bridge, reunited partners in crime
never to be parted again.

Thank you to our friends who have sent such kind messages of support and a special thank you to Wendy for arranging
the 2 lovely Remembrance Candles and to Pauline for her very thoughtful and kind gift of an elephant photo frame.

And finally thank you IRR for allowing us to adopt them”.

The thanks must go to Di and Alan for persevering and giving those two reprobates such a wonderful, happy home.

Everybody loved Penny and Dazzle. They were an important part of our West Country gang together with Danny, Ricky,
Eddie, Sammy, Stella, Ricky 3 Legs, Digby and Lucy, now, sadly, all reunited at the Bridge. Huge heartache for us but
what wonderful happy memories we all have.


If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.

You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend.

Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.


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