“Time to say goodbye”

As prepared as we may try to be, we never are entirely. That just seems to be the way of it. We bid farewell to Tex yesterday, shedding tears for the fourteen years of unconditional love that’s so unique to dogs. Despite dealing repeatedly with death, it’s still somehow inconceivable that one moment he’s with us . . .

TEX AT HOME - Johannesburg, South Africa

. . . and the next he’s not.

HOME WITHOUT TEX - Johannesburg, South Africa

There’s comfort in the peace of his passing, which mirrors the overwhelming majority of his life – apart from the terrors of our Highveld storms. Here’s a pic taken some months ago, before the rapid acceleration of old age, showing the gentle soul we’ll always treasure:

TEX - older

For the record, here’s another in younger years:

TEX - younger

R.I.P. beautiful boy. Our love goes with you, like in this haunting song by the brilliant Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman:

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24 Responses to “Time to say goodbye”

  1. theonlycin says:

    So sad, Naomi, my condolences to you and Dave.

  2. Heartbreaking, Naomi., to say goodbye to such a love. I certainly know that he has been one very loved dog. The younger and older photos both display such gentleness. Bye Tex. Please snuggle up with my puzz cats!

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks for the smile, Amy 🙂 Although Tex wasn’t a natural at taking to cats, he did develop a beautiful understanding with Jina over time. They would nuzzle noses every now and then, mostly it appeared when they thought we weren’t looking…I’m sure he’ll snuggle with yours now! xo

  3. Dave Estment says:

    Farewell my friend. You were truly a blessing to Nome and I. Quest is really missing you as well. I will never forget your handsome, proud countenance looking me straight in the eye that kept me on the straight and narrow. R.I.P.

  4. Naomi, what a beautiful tribute to a special personality. It is one of the saddest things I know that dogs live just a matter of 20 years while we live 90: we bid goodbye to great friends along the way, and often their parting is our first experience of bereavement. In my past are Buster and Paddy, and Tuppence. Tex was a special and beautiful character: he added so much during his time here. What a blessing he was.

  5. so sad when they go. we love them so much

    *hugs and sympathy*

  6. Imagine– even though I’m on another continent I can feel his presence… still. Hugs to you and Dave, dear Naomi.

  7. It’s sad to lose a pet. Dogs are so loyal and loving. What a sweet tribute to his passing. Blessings to you, Naomi…

  8. Jamie Dedes says:

    This is so hard, so hard to bear the loss and so hard to try to sit in that place of “we had so much and loved so much.” I’m so sorry. Blessings to you and Dave and Tex.

  9. nrhatch says:

    This post made me cry . . . losing our beloved pets is so very hard.

  10. Lance says:

    Rest in peace and comfort, Tex…

    And Naomi and Dave – may you always hold the memory of him close to your soul….

    Much peace,

  11. Oh I am so very sorry to hear this. I can’t look at the pic because I will cry. I had to do this twice within two years about 5 years ago. It was so horrible. People outside the vet’s office probably thought I needed to be put away. Hugs to you.

  12. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. He definitely looks like a gentle beast and I say that with only respect. Time heals all wounds…Well memory loss doesn’t hurt either, probably more effective in fact. I wish Dave and yourself the best and I give my sympathies.

    Til next time,

    Mr. Mojo Risin

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