Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pixie.

Late yesterday afternoon our beautiful Pixie dog died.

Pixie who was going to turn 12 next month died at the vet's in Bren's arms of unexplained causes.

Pixie who we found in a cardboard box at a market in Stanthorpe in Queensland. The box said free and that any puppies left at the end of the day would be put down the following day. Once we found out that she and I shared the same birthday, it was a done deal.

Pixie was mine and Bren's baby before we had babies.

Pixie who travelled up and down the East coast with us in our combi, often falling asleep under the clutch pedal stopping us from changing gears.

Pixie who has been the best guard dog we could have ever hoped for.

Pixie who was so loyal to us except when it came to Bren's parents. She loved nothing more than a sleep over at their place and a meal of stinky canned food.

Pixie who preferred to sleep in front of her kennel rather than inside.

Pixie who loved chasing and running and driving around in the front seat of Bren's ute and getting a good scratch behind the ear.

Pixie whose name will forever be used and laughed at when the girl's work out their porn names; Pixie Fox.

Pixie who will now sleep forever in her grave under the oldest apple tree on top of our hill.

It is such a sad day in our house today. We will miss you so much Pix! XX

81 comments:

  1. Oh Kate :( I'm so so so sorry. Beautiful post xox

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  2. Oh Kate, I was so sad last night when you told me but now seeing her, she looks so much like my Zac and seeing her smiling like that, my heart is breaking for you, all of you, she was lucky to have had Bren there with her when she died, at least she wasn't alone.

    You ahve written such a beautiful story about her life and about her.
    I really think Dogs are our teachers, they come here to teach us what absolute unconditional love is. I am so sure she taught you that.
    Big big hugs to all of you. xxx

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  3. i'm so sorry. this is a very nice rememberance.

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  4. Oh Kate (and Bren and the girls) - I'm so sad for you. It hurts to say goodbye to our furry best-buddies and Pixie looks like she was a big hearted, full of love thing, with her great smile.

    12 years of love and adventure and dying in the arms of one of my best mates, sounds like an ok way to go though.

    Sending good thoughts your way.

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  5. So sorry to hear this news Kate. Dogs really do become part of the family, offering such unconditional love, this is a lovely tribute.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your puppy pixie :-( My love to all of you, It sounds like she was really loved and had a fantastic life :-)

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  7. How wonderful you had such a special friend. Dog's like Pixie are so special.
    I still go out and talk to my dog Toohey who is buried under our walnut tree. She's missed too. I can now smile as I remember the happiness she brought.

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  8. I've no idea how I came to give Pixie a name I invented: Pixilena. But that's what I called her. And she never objected. She was such an affectionate and contented dog. She would've been honoured by your beautiful eulogy, Kate. You've done her proud. Repaid her for all those years of loyalty and friendship.
    Vale Pixilena.

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  9. OH Kate Oh Kate, I'm so sorry. Not Pixie! She had a great life and knew she was in the best home, where she was loved. And like Cath said, at least she wasn't alone when she passed.
    But How devastating. Oh so sad, Oh I'm so sad for you for Bren for the kids and just sad , sending you a big hug and lots of love xoxoxo
    Jess

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear that your family has lost a beloved pet, Pixie. Sounds like she was an amazing part of your family and will be missed ever so much. What a lovely tribute, and I hope your family can remember all the wonderful times that you shared together.

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  11. I'm so sorry, Kate. It is a very sad thing to loose such a loved family pet, thinking of you all..

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  12. I am so so sorry to hear this. Gentle hugs being sent to you and your family. S x

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  13. thinking of you with tears in my eyes.

    x

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  14. Oh Kate. I am so very sorry for your loss. I've lost 2 of my beloved animals this year who were our babies before we had a baby, so I know exactly what you are all feeling. I can tell from her photo she really had some character.

    xxoo

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  15. So sad. Losing a pet is just awful. xx

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  16. Oh Kate. Pregnancy hormones and your beautiful writing have me a blubbering mess... perhaps remembering my own dogs who lived with us for so long... I've always found it hardest when my dogs have died. They are not just pets are they? The quiet after they go makes it that much harder. What a beautiful girl Pixie was. So much love to you all today. xxxx

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  17. I'm so sorry Kate. For Pixie to have been your very first baby, you must be devastated. Thank you for sharing what Pixie was like. What a very special post. Love and hugs to you all.xxxx

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  18. ((hugs)) - what, more?! Yes. Just for you, because sometimes, even I know, words are not enough.

    xo

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  19. Oh no Kate. It is just one thing after another at your house at the moment. Sorry to hear your sad news. Lou.

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  20. oh kate I am so sorry about Pixie she was certainly a cutie, the pain of losing a pet is immense I know.
    The little chicks are adorable it's the philosophy of one life leaves this world in Pixie and a new one enters in this case it's 300!!!
    Congratulations on your shop it's wonderful if my girls were still little or i was Twiggy I would be buying heaps I love them all xxxxx

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  21. Hugs to you and your family Kate. It must be such a sad time for you all, and I agree that it was good that she had Bren there with her when she passed on, at least she wasnt alone. I always feel as though a member of the family is gone when your doggie passes on, they make such an impact on our lives. I imagine there will be lots of visits to the tree for little memory sessions and a chat in the future.
    Sue xxxxx

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  22. so sorry Kate... hugs to you and your family. Thank you for telling us all about beautiful Pixie xo

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  23. Hugs to all the family Kate {{{HUGS}}}}

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  24. So sad to hear about Pixie. It won't be the same coming over without her out the front, having a woof. Dogs become so much a part of our lives, our family. Lots of love to you all xo

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  25. Sorry to hear about your girl...you guys have some great memories together , big hugs xxx

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  26. too sad, sending {{hugs}} to you and yours xxxxxx

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  27. So long Pixie. Hope you are having a party in doggy heaven.

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  28. Oh, I'm so sorry Kate. Sounds like she shared a wonderful life with you all. xx

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  29. Oh Kate, so sorry to hear about Pixie. Always so sad when a long loved pet departs.

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  30. Sorry to hear you have lost a loving member of your family. I remember crying for days and days when my family dog died.

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  31. My condolences to you all. Those are some fabulous doggy memories for Kate, Bren and the Pixie Foxes.

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  32. What a beautiful companion. So sorry to read this news. Hugs to you all.

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  33. So sad. You gave your heart and shared your home.

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  34. So sorry to hear that - its so, so sad when we lose one of our four legged friends.

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  35. So sorry for your family's loss, Kate.

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  36. Kate, I'm so sorry. This is sad news. Take god care of each other. Kx

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  37. Oh Kate, I am so sorry to hear about Pixie. I'm glad that she had a wonderful life with you and your family. And that you all have such wonderful memories of her. She truly was a member of your family It sounds like you have chosen a beautiful place on your property for her final rest.
    Hugs to all of you.

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  38. Oh Kate, I'm so sorry. My condolences to you and your family.

    Our fur babies are so special, aren't they? I'd be lost without my cats (who are almost thirteen). I don't know how they'll cope when the baby arrives, although I've promised them they'll still be allowed to sleep in the bed.

    How blessed Pixie was that you found her and made her part of your family. She'll live on in your hearts. The apple tree on the hill sounds like a beautiful resting place for her.

    xxx

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  39. Oh Kate, so sorry for you and your family, you'll remember her with such affection and laughter she sounds like an amazing four legged friend.

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  40. So sorry Kate. We just lost our dog too. So I know what your going thru. I hope the kids rant to upset and that you remember all the good times you had together. Hugs to you all

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  41. Oh Kate - I'm a bit teary here after reading about Pixie. I hope that the old "Pixie" apple tree produces beautiful fruit you can all eat and hare whilst sitting on the hill remembering your loyal friend.

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  42. So, so sorry for you all Kate, it's not long since we lost our beautiful boy and I know how you feel. Remember the good times and in the words of Dr. Seuss.
    "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  43. Oh Kate how sad for you all, it is so hard to lose a member of the family. Pixie sounds like the perfect dog. Thanks for sharing the memories. Hugs (((xx))) I am teary too after reading your post. Sleep Safe dear Pixie xx

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  44. Just sending hugs to you guys. a beautiful tribute Kate.

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  45. So sorry to hear your sad news. It's never easy, but it sounds like you gave her a full and very happy life. She was a very lucky dog.

    Sal. X

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  46. So very sad to lose a good friend, but it sounds like Pixie had a long and full life. The apple tree on your hill sounds like a perfect, special place for her.
    Sending hugs to you all.
    Jak x

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  47. {hugs} sweet Kate, so sorry to hear that.
    thinking of you all

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  48. I'm so sorry, Kate. Pixie sounded like, and looked like, a pretty amazing being. Hugs to you and yours. x

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  49. Oh Kate I'm so sorry that your beloved Pixie died today. She sounds like a beautiful girl who will be terribly missed by all of you. Hugs to all of you. xo

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  50. beautiful dog Kate, so loyal and loved.

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  51. I'm so sorry to read this Kate :(
    They truly become a part of your family
    ~ RIP Pixie ~

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  52. Sad... She sounds like she was a very sweet puppy. So sorry.

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  53. i knew when i saw the photo that i shouldn't have opened your blog. it's too sad that animals have to die so soon. 12 years just doesn't seem enough :(
    thinking of you all.
    l
    x

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  54. I'm so sorry! It sounds like she was a lovely doggie.

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  55. Sorry for your loss. People don't always understand what an important part of a family a dog can be.

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  56. That is such awful news. What a shock. What saddness you must all be feeling. I am so sorry for you loss.
    ***HUGS***

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  57. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful tribute you have written.
    Goodness, you have been through a lot in the last couple of weeks. I wish you so much happiness and good things to balance the bad.
    Big hugs!

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  58. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing our little ones is such a hard thing to endure. In July I had to put my sweet Sushi Bear to sleep... natural causes set in there, too. I'm glad you have her close by so you can visit. I know it helped to have my Sush under our willow tree. She actually paid me a visit just last month. I'm guessing your Pixie will visit you, too. My best to you and your family.

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  60. big love to you all Kate xoxo as you were saying goodbye we were saying hello to our first little pup. such is life hey. our dear old cat died in Muzzs arms not so long ago.. so sad i know. hugs to you and bren x manda

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  61. Oh Kate I am so sorry for your loss. I still remember when my first dog died. It was the hardest day! We had her since I was in kindy and she died when I was in year 9. The whole family sat around the dining room table and cried. I am sending loads of virtual hugs your way.

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  62. ((hugs))
    I'm so sorry Kate.
    Our crazy dog is only 4 but the thought of losing her is hard to even ponder. I hope all those good memories make your heart smile even though it is breaking.

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  63. I'm so sorry to hear about Pixie! What a beautiful dog!

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  64. oh Kate, this is just too raw for me to finish reading at the moment....refer to my blog back on 25/9/10.....I heart your pain so totally just now...love & hugs to all of you, TK xx

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  65. so sorry to hear the loss of pixie what a beautiful girl she was.. much love to you and your family

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  66. Hugs and Kisses to all.

    RIP Pixie.

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  67. what a fab sounding dog, cheers to you Pixie!

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  68. oh so sorry Kate and family, what a beautiful dog! I don't care what anyone says, it is absolutely like losing a family member. RIP Pixie and continue to look over your beautiful family.

    ps. our boy, a lab, just turned 12, I'm dreading a day like this

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  69. oh how very very sad!
    losing a pet is so much like losing a family member :(

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  70. :( it's amazing how special our pets are to us and when they are gone it's just like a family member has gone. what a lovely tribute! rest in peace pixie and I hope you guys can remember some happy stories of her life much love x

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  71. I'm so sorry to hear that, Kate. Losing a dear pet is hard enough when you haven't had a ridiculously emotionally draining week already, let alone after the one that you guys have had this week.

    Thinking of you xx

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  72. Sorry to hear about Pixie. It certainly sounds like a life well lived xx

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