Baggy: 23rd of December 1997 – 24th of June 2011
When we moved to Australia in November 2007, he was the first to arrive having flown three weeks ahead of us to begin his stint in quarantine.
Some of you will have read the ‘horror story’ of when we picked him up from Brisbane airport after he flew in from Sydney, having completed his one month behind bars.
That was just over three years and seven months ago and I remember joking, mainly because of the expense of bringing him here, that I wanted at least another four years out of him to make it worth it.
Well, we nearly got them, but not quite.
What can I tell you about Baggy?
- He never had a fight in his life.
- He never barked either.
- He never chased a ball, ever. But he had a way of looking at you as if to say “Whadya throw that for?”
- He loved pig’s ears, his favourite treat.
- He really lurved his favourite blue cushion, perhaps a little too much. Like three times in 5 minutes some evenings.
- He understood more English words than a dog should be able to.
- His favourite hobbies were eating and…. No, just eating.
- He liked to go for walks, but not for the exercise. He just loved smelling stuff.
But a couple of years or so ago, he started to go deaf. Then just over a year ago, he was diagnosed with heart problems and put on medication. Maybe he should have chased those balls?
Then a couple of months ago, he developed a growth on his back foot. At first it was thought to be a cyst, but developed into something much more sinister and began to spread. We knew we would have to make a decision one day, and that day was today.
It’s been a tough day for us all, but I’m happy to say that my wife, Karen and my daughter, Elizabeth, have both coped tremendously well in spite of their sadness.
Yesterday, Baggy was exactly 13 1/2 years old, a good innings for a Lab, but there will be no tomorrow for Baggy. Not in this world anyway.
His Australian dream is over and a new adventure is starting. Maybe he will be able to join his old mate Cleo who passed away three years ago, and have some fun again, just like the old days.
I first put this video online in my post called Baggy’s Story where you can also read about that incident when we picked him up from the airport. But I’m posting the same video here again today, and I make no excuses for that.
It’s my tribute to Baggy. Top dog, you’ll be sorely missed. Good boy Baggy!