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Saying Good-bye to Brady

It seems that my absences are becoming more frequent and for that I apologize. I just returned from a trip to Israel with a short stop in Zürich and Milan. It’s taken me some time to adjust being home but this has nothing to do with jet lag.

Three days before leaving on my trip we lost Brady, our beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. We brought Brady home when he was just 8 weeks old and we celebrated his 12th birthday 5 days before he passed away.

Brady, as most Cavaliers, was a love sponge, yes, a love sponge. What does that mean you ask? Well  he would absorb all the love that we showered on him and then just pour it back all over us ten fold. There’s wasn’t a lap in this family that he didn’t enjoy lying on. He was a snuggle bug but fiercely protective of his family.

His loss has been devastating to our family. His absence in the house in palpable. I miss walking through the front door and being greeted by a wagging tail and big slobbery kisses. I miss being stared at with those big brown eyes whenever I’m eating something. I miss him nudging my leg telling me its time to play. I miss our walks in the park. I miss giving him tummy rubs and having him at my heels going up the stairs when it was time for bed. I miss our snuggling before bed and giving him that last scratch behind his ears (that was his favourite) before going to sleep.

Brady was more than a “dog”. He was our baby and an integral member of our family.

You’ll live in our hearts forever Brady. We love you and miss you.

 

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65 responses

  1. Had a tear in my eye while reading this. We don’t have any pet, because the owners of our apartment forbid it and because we travel so much. But I do love dogs!

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    March 20, 2017 at 7:51 am

  2. Hello Edith, I’m sorry for your loss… I give you a BIG HUG!

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    March 20, 2017 at 7:52 am

  3. Sorry for your loss.

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    March 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

  4. Sad news…

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    March 20, 2017 at 8:02 am

  5. Sad to hear. Yup, I still miss Nellie. We have five cats now. It’s not quite the same.

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    March 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

  6. Oh dear Edith Levy, I am so sad too, will be in our hearts and minds now, sending my love and hugs to you, nia

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    March 20, 2017 at 8:40 am

  7. I’m truly sorry for this big loss to you and your family. He’ll live long in your hearts.

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    March 20, 2017 at 8:44 am

  8. It is so hard to say good bye to our beloved pets. Sorry for your loss! 😥

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    March 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

  9. Beautiful Brady – I know how much you’ll miss him. We had a Cavalier King Charles who was also part of the family, they are the most lovely pets.

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    March 20, 2017 at 9:33 am

    • Thank you Joy. It is so hard. Did you get another dog?

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      March 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      • No – we always craved another dog (still do to be honest) and a Cavalier King Charles would always be my first choice. Life circumstances though at the minute mean it would be difficult to have a dog and it’s on the backburner for now. We do have a cat though… never been cat people but this one adopted us and now rules the roost!

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        March 21, 2017 at 7:31 am

  10. I haven’t had a dog since I was a child, but I still feel the pain of his loss to this day. We know that the day will come, but we are never, ever ready for it. It’s ok to be sad and to cry, but try to smile when you remember all the happiness he brought you. He will be in your heart forever!!

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    March 20, 2017 at 9:43 am

  11. Heartafire

    Such a precious pup! Our pets are members of the family, they love us unconditionally. My little Boston is also a love sponge, he is ten now. My heart goes out to you, I am so sorry for the loss you are experiencing. xx

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    March 20, 2017 at 9:47 am

  12. F U L L S P E C T R A

    Commiserations, Edith. Such a shame. R

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    March 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

  13. My sincere condolences, Edith. *hugs*

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    March 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

  14. 😦

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    March 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

  15. Dear Edith, I am so very, very sorry.
    They become such a part of our every day and hold such a huge space in our hearts.
    May your wonderful memories of him, bring you comfort.

    I pass onto you, a quote that was given to me when I lost one of my dogs…
    “Please don’t cry because I’m gone, but smile because I was.”

    Fly high little angel.

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    March 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    • Thank you much Lisa for your kind words and this wonderful sentiment. I truly appreciate it.

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      March 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm

  16. I feel for you Edith, loosing your precious Brady. Five years ago, just after my husband had left me, I lost my two most wonderful cats within a few months, my heart had dropped for quite a while.

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    March 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

  17. I am sorry for your loss Edith. We have two Boston Terriers and a black Lab that have been family for years.

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    March 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm

  18. Adiós Brady… lo siento Edith.
    Un abrazo

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    March 21, 2017 at 8:14 am

  19. I am sorry for your loss. May Brady rest in peace.

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    March 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

  20. Heartbreaking. So very sorry for your loss, it has been 6 months since we said farewell to our dear old girl and I still miss her and imagine her standing at the gate waiting for me. The pain of loss eases but she will always be in my heart, as Brady will be in yours.

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    March 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm

  21. So sorry to hear of your loss Edith. Our dogs become such a big part of the family.

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    March 22, 2017 at 5:48 am

  22. I was cleaning out my reading list and stumbled across your blog and I just had to post something after reading that you lost your “sponge”. I’m so sorry to hear this Edith. Bless you and your Brady. xoxoxo

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    March 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

  23. Sorry for your loss.

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    March 24, 2017 at 4:22 pm

  24. I have had hundreds of pets during my lifetime and it’s never easy losing one even though I know that it’s going to happen, over and over again. Hugs.

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    March 25, 2017 at 3:22 am

  25. Run free, Brady! ❤

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    March 26, 2017 at 2:55 pm

  26. LB

    Oh Edith, I am sorry.
    You’ve describe Brady so well, that I was able to “see” him.
    Thoughts are with you

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    March 26, 2017 at 6:08 pm

  27. Edith, I have enjoyed your photos of Brady and I am so sorry for your loss. Your loving description of him is very touching. What a sweet pup.

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    March 27, 2017 at 11:48 am

  28. Oh, I hate to hear this! Big hugs.

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    April 2, 2017 at 8:12 am

  29. I’m so sorry for your loss. Brady looked liked an angel and I’m sure the angels are taking good care of him. Lots of love and hugs to you.
    ❤❤

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    April 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm

  30. So so sorry you lost your ‘love sponge’. I lost my dog recently and your words really struck a chord.Thank you for sharing x

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    May 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

  31. I am so sorry for your loss.

    We just brought home a Cavalier two weeks ago. The way you described Brady as a identical to our new puppy.

    Again. I am so sorry. I can tell you loved him

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    May 17, 2017 at 10:59 am

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and Congratulations. Enjoy your new puppy…they are the best!

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      May 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm

  32. Do you have plans to get another Cavalier?

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    May 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

    • We’ve been looking but haven’t found a breeder that will have any cavaliers until next year. We’re also considering a labradoodle.

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      May 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm

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