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Debbie Flint

RIP Patchy Dog.
4 October 2016

This week, my lovely Patchy Dog fell asleep for the last time and it was - as these things always are - a sad occasion. Poor thing really had had enough, so it was only fair not to put her through any more distress, since she couldn't make it round the garden any more as her back legs had given out and her swollen tum indicated , as the vet said, that old age or something more sinister, was overtaking her little body and she became skin and bone.

But Patchy was 15 and she really had a good life.

This was Patchy last year when I first moved into new house.

She was no trouble, nearly all her life never had anything seriously wrong with her - apart from a cut paw - and was a pleasure to spend my last 15 years with.

she was one of eight puppies born to Holly - who only died two years ago - longevity runs in the family. Being prolific doesn't tho', as Holly never had any more litters, and Patch only had three pups, by caesarean. But she was a good mum and that was the only time she became alpha dog, keeping Holly in her place whilst her pups were at home!

Patch, her mum Holly plus Daisy and Gracie aged about one, circa 2011.

My kids Brad and Lauren recall Patch fondly, knowing she was a bit batty! She loved playing with the pups Gracie and Daisy when they arrived, and was a kind, generous playmate. She loved her toys, and could usually be seen with a plastic something or other in her mouth, although Daisy thought it was her job to decimate them, Patch would keep walking round with the remnants in her mouth.


One really funny memory I had of Patch was once whilst drying her with the only thing I had to hand - an old white dressing gown - and she tried to escape through the sleeve. Her nose and eyes reached the end and she was flopping around like a seal for a while - Brad and Lauren and I were killing ourselves laughing! That was when we were at our house in Home Meadow around 2002 or 3. Brad left home for uni in 2005. Seems a million years ago. And Patchy was there through it all.

Patch was a favourite with the people who visited - Mr back of my tandem my ex, and my pal sharon's lad Lewis amongst others, both thought Patch was great.

Patch was always a happy soul, always there with a waggy tail and never miserable, or unhappy. Always the delta-dog, never the alpha, she loved life and will be sorely missed.

RIP Patchy.




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  • Comment Link Patricia 22 February 2017 posted by Patricia

    Hi Debbie sorry to hear of your loss, we lost our dear little Daisy 5 weeks ago with renal failure , now her sister Sophie is very poorly with bad heart murmur and a tumour she is 14 yr old chihuahua missing her sister they are so part of family life , loyal creatures but so heartbreaking when they have to go .
    Love your shows !

  • Comment Link jenny stanford 11 October 2016 posted by jenny stanford

    very sorry to read about your dog patch it is always very sad and you do miss them so much.

  • Comment Link Sadie Gower 8 October 2016 posted by Sadie Gower

    Dear Debbie, I have been thinking of you and sending you love as I knew Patchy was in failing health.
    It comforts me to think of the happy and safe life Patchy enjoyed with you.A beautiful dog, much missed and much loved. Bless you all. Lots of love, Sadie x

  • Comment Link John Rushton 4 October 2016 posted by John Rushton

    RIP Patch gone to play in the big kennel in sky

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