He’s been the best…

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Well this isn’t the easiest of blogs I’ve had to sit down and write to be honest, but here goes.


As you know, Tynor, our lovely black lab, hadn’t been too well and ended up having his spleen taken out a few weeks ago. He came home on antibiotics and was doing fabulously… that’s when I last blogged about him. However, when the course of antibiotics finished, he started being unwell again. We went back to the vet and all the tests she had sent off originally had come back clear. The one thing she hadn’t biopsied had been his abdomen and so suggested a five day diet of fish, potato and carrots followed by three days of sampling what came out the other end to see if we could figure out if something was afoot in his abdomen or intestines. Sadly we never made it to the end.


Tynor collapsed last Thursday evening and on Friday, he was rushed over to The Willows Supervet where they diagnosed him with severe septic peritonitis and told us we had a decision to make. There really was only one decision, but nevertheless, we still had to make it and it broke my heart. What had made it even worse is that he was best buddy to my son Myles, who feeds him every morning and takes him for a walk before he goes to school each day, however he was away on a school trip in Iceland, due to fly home that night and had no idea that things had taken a turn for the worse, or that he wouldn’t get to say goodbye.


I know we were putting him out of his misery and thanks to so many of you wonderful friends on Twitter and Instagram, I’ve had heaps of messages and positive thoughts to help us through which I have been extremely grateful for. The tears come and go but I have decided to turn this around and show you some of his best bits …otherwise we will all be reaching for the tissues!


This is Tynor the puppy, with Pipa the blonde. He always had this huge wide head… to fit his big brain in of course. He was super cute… as all puppies are!!! He did however manage to eat his way through a garden table and completely wreck my beautiful navy corduroy sofa from Habitat!


When he was just a few months old, after his course of jabs were complete, we took him out for his very first walk. It had poured for days so we togged up and took him out to play in puddles and enjoy his first adventure. As we entered our local park, I noticed a man following us, he quickly turned to take photographs of bushes every time I looked back at him… I realised quickly that he was taking photos of us, assumed it was of the children and hurried home, quite shaken! The next afternoon Tynor was lifted out of our very dog proofed garden. It was then that I realised that man had been taking photos of my beautiful Labrador pup.


Suffice to say, broken hearted we searched and searched and no Tynor was to be found. A few months later I decided that whoever had bought him on the black market, had now had him longer than we did and that if we were to ever find him, we should leave him there as I couldn’t bear to put anyone through the pain we went through. However, a few more months passed by and he broke out of the garden he was living in and a kind passer by took him to the local vet where they scanned him and he came up stolen. To cut a long story short, we were away on holiday at the time and came home to multiple messages on the very last day that the vet could legally keep hold of him. The dog warden had no doubt that the new owners knew he was stolen and so we raced from the airport and took him home. He had grown a lot but he recognised my voice immediately. It was a joyful day and a great lesson to the children of hope prevailing!

We have enjoyed 11 years with this beautiful happy boy and he’s become quite well known around these parts for carrying his own lead wherever we go. I’ve had people lean out of windows and grin cheerily from passing vehicles as he’s trotted along with his head and tail held high and his lead between his teeth… such a great personality!


Not only a friend to us, but he’s been fabulous with all the other animals in our life, he’s taken it all in his stride and been a fantastic companion who we will miss terribly. Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages these last couple of days, we will remember Tynor forever. Of course.

Pipa x

189 Comments

  1. dee March 20, 2018 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    always sad to loose a good friend but nice to have great memories to look back on xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

      Absolutely Dee, thank you x

  2. marie March 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pipa I am in tears after reading about your beautiful lab. He must have had a wonderful life with you all. Take care xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Marie x

  3. Jessica March 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    It’s heartbreaking to lose a pet. It’s as if they know our deepest thoughts. They’re impartial, always there for us. You are devastated, but what you need to do is look forward. In time, look into another pet. You’ll need one and your other pets will have a happy distraction. Your Tynor can never be replaced, but your Myles can transfer his love of feeding and walking on to a new friend. Think about it. Lots of loveXXXXX

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jessica, you know, a week ago I couldn’t think about it however I am already really missing that wonderful doggie presence in the house. Tynor was one in a million though so I don’t know. Time will tell I guess. Thank you for your message xx

  4. Joanna Downey March 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    A beautiful boy who was obviously meant for you, as you were meant for him. I have had to take the same decision on several occasions so I can understand everything you are going through. Love to all of you, people & pets. Jo

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Joanna, it was the first time for me and just so so hard, thank you xx

  5. SheMag March 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Fighting back the tears. Much love. xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

      Oh sorry Shemag, thank you xx

  6. Loraine Plumb March 20, 2018 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa sorry for your loss thoughts setting back to us my daughter lost her Bernese mountain dog last November he had cancer but was having fragmenting the hope it would improve but one Sunday morning his legs gave way and they said enough was enough we all cried buckets and like you still miss him so much my daughter and husband now have a Newfoundland puppy called Betty she’s proving a handful but they will get there with her she’s so different to Hugo he was an exceptional dog can’t really explain it and it’s hard not to compare but we must try not too . Anyway we like you have many memories of holidays with him and photos.My husband and I daughter son in law and son future daughter in law and grandchild are all going to Florida in 4 weeks time so Betty will be spending time with friends might calm her a bit as they have dogs also anyway hope you soon feel a little better as we know time does heal love Loraine xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine, thank you so much for you lovely message. You’re right, these things take as long as they take, we can’t rush the process of time. Your holiday sounds fun though, have a great time and fingers crossed Betty relaxes a bit!! xx

  7. Claire March 20, 2018 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    Reading your blog brings back memories of when we were in the same position, and there is nothing i can say to take your pain away. If I could offer one thing it would be to never stop thinking of him and talking about him. It will get easier, but Tynor was part of your family for such a long time, so keep the memory of him alive. Thinking of you and love to you and your family xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Claire, you’re right, we will never stop thinking or talking about him, thank you xx

  8. jackie March 20, 2018 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    so sorry to read your news , just remember though that you gave him the best life that he could have had . x

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Jackie x

  9. Judith White March 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    So sorry for your loss pipa, they leave a large hole in your life, l know when our black lab Josh died at aged 12, we still miss him and that’s a few years ago now, you have to think you gave him a wonderful life, and he gave you so much. Take Care X

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

      Hi Judith, thank you xx

  10. Lisa March 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pipa I do feel for you. I’ve had to have 3 of my beloved cats put to sleep over the years and it’s a horrible thing to do, but you did everything you could for Tynor and of course could not bear to see him suffer.
    Every time I lose one of my animals, I always say ‘no more’ as it’s so sad when you have to let them go. But I always relent and bring another home, they don’t replace, but I found it really helps to give another lonely animal a forever home.
    Best wishes to you and your family.
    Oh, I recommend a lovely verse called ‘Rainbow Bridge’. Have a look online for it, it’s beautiful (will make you cry though).
    Love, Lisa xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lisa, I’ve had so many people share the Rainbow Bridge verse with me and I have to say it’s been really helpful! Thank you …I’m saying no more, however I can already feel myself wavering! xx

  11. Charlotte March 20, 2018 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Ah, Pipa. What a gorgeous boy. I’m so sorry xxx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

      He was, thank you Charlotte x

  12. Lyn shortman March 20, 2018 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa and family what a beautiful handsome boy your black Labrador Tynor.I to had a black Labrador called Georgie and a golden retriever called Major and 4 cats samba.Tommy.Benson.and Bumble they all got on very well Georgie the Labrador love playing with his ball 🏀 and bringing home very large sticks.your beautiful boy Tynor will always be in your thoughts and you will never forget him. I rescued 2 cats 🐱 Molly and Maise and had them for 16 and 14 years.they gave us so much joy.we have now given a home to a beautiful tabby cat 🐱 call PIP and his very spoiled much love Lyn Pipxxxx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

      Oh I love the names of all your pets!! (particularly Pip, of course!!) You’re right, we never forget these wonderful personalities, thank you Lyn xx

  13. Gregory Burslem March 20, 2018 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Sorry,it was for the best and he had your love till the end.😘

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

      He did Greg, thank you x

  14. Lynn Sword March 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    It’s so sad to have to make the decision Pipa but suffering is over. I’ve lost one dog at 13 naturally and two put to rest, aged 12 and 14 a couple of years apart. They are family and it is a time for grieving. Tbe happy memories and love and affection you had from your pup should help you and the children through. Take care, fondest thoughts. Xxx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

      You’re right, thanks Lynn x

  15. Linda Wright March 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Aww, I know exactly how you are all feeling, we have just lost our dog Ollie, he was a beagle and with us for just over 8 years, he had a tumour on his thyroid, he died in my husbands arms at the vets, so he didn’t need to be out to sleep, he was our baby, we are devasted, much love to you all, xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

      Oh Linda I am so so sorry, that’s just too sad! My sister has a beagle and they are just fantastic. I’m sending you huge hugs xxx

  16. Ed Drake aka Edwina March 20, 2018 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    I cried…. 💜. He will be forever with you, a good friend never leaves… 💜

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

      Awww, sorry xxx

  17. Noreen March 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Lovely dog. So sad he had to leave you.

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Noreen x

  18. Linda March 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Lovely picture’s I will have to go through the same thing myself when my dog goes she is now 14 years old dreading it when the time comes

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

      Oh it’s the worst Linda, however saying that, going through the pictures was really cathartic. I hope your doggie stays happy and healthy for many years to come xx

  19. Gillian Lindsay March 20, 2018 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    It’s always a comfort to me when I lose a pet, to say to myself “he was loved and had a happy life”. You will pick yourself up and in time be able to talk about your lovely boy without the tears. Pets bring so much joy to our lives. Sending you and your family lots of cuddles x

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

      We will get there Gillian, thank you xx

  20. Trixie March 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Pipa..remember him with love and laughter..he will stay in your heart forever xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

      Absolutely right Trixie, thank you xx

  21. Jane March 20, 2018 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful boy and friend to your family Pippa. It’s heartbreaking when they go but remember all the happy times you had with him. You’ll never replace him but it always eases the pain when a new little pup comes along. When we have lost our beloved pets, we never last long before a new pup or two join our family. xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

      I’m already leaning that way Jane!!!!! I can’t bear to go through the pain again though,
      ….. we shall see hey? Thank you xx

  22. Bev March 20, 2018 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Bless you all and big hugs. It’s so hard to say goodbye, but it’s so worth having these amazing pets, they bring so much joy too. Xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

      So true xx

  23. Susan March 20, 2018 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa,
    Such a beautifully written piece about beautiful Tynor. He’s gorgeous. I’m so sorry for you and the family. It’s so hard to get over but I’m sure you will have fabulous memories and each other xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Susan x

  24. Lorraine taylor March 20, 2018 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    RAINBOW BRIDGE
    There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
    It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many splendid colors.
    Just this side of Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills,
    and valleys with lush, green grass.
    When beloved pets die, they go to this place.
    There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
    The old and frail animals are young again.
    Those who are maimed are made whole again.
    They play all day with each other.
    There is only one thing missing.
    They are not with their special person who loved
    them on earth.
    So each day they run and play.
    Until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!

    The nose twitches.
    The ears are up!
    The eyes are staring.
    And this one suddenly runs from the group.
    You have been seen!
    And when you and your special friend meet,
    you take him in your arms and embrace.
    Your face is kissed again and again and again,
    and you look once more more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
    Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…
    Never again to be separated.

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

      This is so beautiful and has been quoted to me so much over the last week Lorraine. It is clearly something that has helped so many grieving pet owners and will go on doing the same for years. Thank you for sharing it with me here ….it does make me cry though xx

  25. kerrie Williams March 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    OMG Pipa that’s so sad made me cry reading your blog. Dogs touch your heart💔

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

      They do don’t they Kerrie! Sorry for making you cry but thank you for sharing our sadness xxx

  26. Jackie Elliott March 20, 2018 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Sending you all much love and hugs xxx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Jackie x

  27. Debbie Saunders March 20, 2018 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    I am so sorry to hear you have lost your beautiful boy he will be with you always remember all the happy times you had together our furry friends give us so much love and happiness but it’s heartbreaking to say good bye. Thinking of you all God Bless xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Debbie x

  28. Christine March 20, 2018 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    So sad. I remember he was stolen. Just think he had good life with your family. I know what it is like to loss a pet. Is awful.
    Take care X X

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

      It seems such a life time ago doesn’t it Christine? We were so lucky to have him back x

  29. Vanessa March 20, 2018 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pipa this has made me cry as it brings back memories of losing our lovely Buster and Barney within two months of each other. I am sending you and your family lots of hugs and sincerely hope that time will help you heal and ensure that your memories are only good ones. Take comfort in the fact that you gave Tynor the most wonderful life xxxxx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

      OH Vanessa how on earth did you manage at that time? That is desperately sad to hear!!! Thank you for your lovely message xx

  30. lisa jorgeson March 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    My heart goes out to you and your family. They are such a huge part of our lives and a part of our family. My dogs mean the world to me and help me everyday with my depression. As hard as it is to let them go you can’t be selfish and must do what is best for them. Its never right for us but true love, loyalty and devotion deserve for them and their needs to come first. You did what was best and the kindest thing for your beautiful boy and he knew that you letting him go was for all the right reasons and because he ment so much to you all. He can now cross the rainbow bridge and reunite with all his doggy friends. You will never forget or replace him and you should never try. Thinking of you and your family at this heart breaking time.x

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lisa, you’re right, he’s completely irreplacable. So glad to hear you have dogs to help you through, they are wonderful xx

  31. Susan Tweedale March 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Evening Pipa, too late l had to get tissues to hand! Touched a raw nerve as years ago l had a black labrador too called Jasper, a real gentle giant. Truly lovely tribute to Tynor and thanks for sharing gorgeous pictures, he will always be with you xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

      Oh Susan, I am so sorry! My dog growing up was a golden retriever called Jasper ….also a real gentle giant. Thank you for your kind words xx

  32. Nikki March 20, 2018 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, so sorry to hear about Tynor. Your memories will always endure. So sad when we have to say ta ta to our fur Babies. XxX

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

      It is Nikki, thank you x

  33. Linda Doran March 20, 2018 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Thankyou for sharing Pippa.
    Beautiful boy.
    Lots of love and hugs to you all.
    Xxxxxx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Linda x

  34. Michele March 20, 2018 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Remember the happy times anc the wonderful life you gave him.

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Michele, we absolutely will xx

  35. Claire Sutton March 20, 2018 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    A brilliant boy who will have had the best life with you all…once he got you back!!! I so remember that Pip….I send you love and know you will remember him without the tears in time to come, just with joy that he was yours xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

      Thank you gorgeous friend! xxx

  36. valerie blake March 20, 2018 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    nothing else to say but sorry, it is so hard but you iam sure made the best decision

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Valerie x

  37. Margaret March 20, 2018 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa and family, words can’t describe the loss of a beloved pet, they truly are part of the family.
    I’m so pleased you had such a wonderful boy and that Tynor was part of a loving home bless him.
    Yes it’s good to remember the good times as that will help you over the difficult days.
    Thinking of you and sending hugs.
    Margaret xxx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

      Thank you so much Margaret xx

  38. Yvonne March 20, 2018 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Aww pippa god bless thinking about you all so so sad my love yvonne xxx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Yvonne xx

  39. Lisa March 20, 2018 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    My heart goes out to you Pippa and your family as it’s such a terrible loss when you loose your beloved pet as they are such loyal companions and bring us so much love and joy into our lives. The thing that kept us going as a family when we lost our beautiful Holly (Parsons Terrier) was that we gave her a lovely life and much love. Take care kind regards Lisa x

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Lisa, I’m trying the same xx

  40. Fran Whitehead March 20, 2018 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    What wonderful memories you have of your beautiful boy. Best wishes Pipa and family. xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Fran x

  41. Victoria March 20, 2018 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pippa, I’m so sorry that you have lost your beautiful Tynor, such a sad time.

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Victoria x

  42. Frances Maxwell March 20, 2018 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    A beautiful dog. It’s heartbreaking. ❤

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Frances x

  43. Helen Dovidio March 20, 2018 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    So so sorry to hear the terrible sad news about Tynor.Your hearts are broken but the love you gave and received mean Tynor’s time with you has blessed you all.Remember him with happiness not sadness and always be glad he was a part of your lives.You were lucky to have eachother.RIP Tynor.

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

      Lovely words Helen, thank you x

  44. Melanie Trafford Lawson March 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear , dear Pipa …. what a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to Tynor . He’s obviously been a much loved pet and companion to everyone in your family throughout his life . Naturally you are all heartbroken at the moment and missing him terribly . I sometimes think that those who have never owned ( or shared their lives ) with a pet don’t fully understand that these wonderful creatures become an extension of our family and all have individual personalities too . It’s therefore completely understandable that we grieve when we lose one of these beloved friends .

    Personally I love all animals but have only been able to keep cats myself , my current furry friend being the naughtiest British Blue female cat called Poppy . I’ve loved your photos in recent months of your own cat Mr Moonface …. what a cutie ! You’re fortunate to be able to keep a menagerie of dogs , cats and , of course , your horse . I love reading your blogs , your sense of humour is infectious and you do a wonderful , professional, informative job as a presenter on QVC . Thank you for sharing so many lovely stories about your life with your gorgeous family with us , your viewers and friends . I know you will already have received support from countless others … and will continue to do so . Meanwhile I just wanted to send you Lots of Love and a big hug too . x x x

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

      Dear Melanie, I so loved reading your message, thank you for taking the time to be so generous! Mr Moonface is indeed a complete loon and he’s been such a tonic these last few days, definitely injecting some life into a rather empty feeling home, the kitchen in particular! Much love to you too, thank you, Pipa xx

  45. Alison March 21, 2018 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    That beautiful last picture shows how wise and kind he was x

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

      I love his face Alison, and he was the kindest kindest dog. People who had children who were afraid of dogs seemed to be able to tell that they could bring their child to us to say hi, Tynor was always so giving and would never ever hurt a flea. Just one occasion when an intruder came on to our drive and he turned into the scariest dog I’ve ever seen ….he knew. He was so wonderful, thank you xx

  46. Gillian Veers March 21, 2018 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Beautiful photos Pippa of your gorgeous boy Tynor. I totally understand the loss you are feeling. It’s horrible, but the time we have with our beloved pets who give us so much, makes the pain worth it. And the memories of Tynor and the happy times you had with him will help.

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Gillian, not quite sure I’m ready to go through it all again but our memories are so very precious, thank you xx

  47. marilyn jones March 21, 2018 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    What a lovely tribute Pipa,
    I am in buckets of tears
    Sending blessings of strengh to you
    and your family and your boy Tynor

    • Pipa Gordon March 23, 2018 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

      Awww sorry, but thank you Marilyn xx

  48. Ellen March 21, 2018 at 1:14 am -  Reply

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful friend. Heartbreaking. X

    • Pipa Gordon April 4, 2018 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Ellen x

  49. Carol T March 21, 2018 at 7:05 am -  Reply

    my sympathy to you and the family – pets are worth everything for all the happy times and their faith in us.

    • Pipa Gordon April 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Carol, they really are x

  50. Debbie March 21, 2018 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    Pipa I’m heartbroken for you all, we love and cherish our pets like children and it’s such a devasting loss when they pass on. I know it’s very raw at the minute but as time passes you will be able to think of Tynor and smile and he will be in all of your hearts for always. I’m thinking of you and send you a big hug xo

    • Pipa Gordon April 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Debbie, he absolutely will xxx

  51. Josephine Jennings March 21, 2018 at 8:48 am -  Reply

    So sorry . Such a beautiful dog a special member of your family, but you will always remember him, and share memories together.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:42 am -  Reply

      He was Josephine, thank you x

  52. Lara March 21, 2018 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    I’ve wished my heart out for Taynor. I’m so sorry for your loss. Taynor still lives on in your hearts ♥️ 🌈😘😘🤘🏽

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:43 am -  Reply

      Awww thank you Lara xx

  53. KAREN WHENMAN March 21, 2018 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Sorry for your loss Pipa, remember well when you lost and eventually found your beautiful boy, thank goodness you got him back and spent many happy years with him. So very hard when we lose our precious furbabies, much love to you all xx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:43 am -  Reply

      Doesn’t that seem like a lifetime ago? Thanks Karen xx

  54. Sue Howick March 21, 2018 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    So hard to say goodbye. Tynor will be in your heart forever Pippa. Know actually how hard this is,4 years later I still miss our beautiful border collie, Jake. Take care.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:44 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue, sorry to hear you lost your Jake, I guess they leave a piece of them with us forever xx

  55. Theresa March 21, 2018 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, I remember when Tynor was taken from your home years ago and how happy I felt when yoj got him back. It’s hard loosing someone who has been with you for so long and in the end you thought of Tynor. It will be hard with out but you all have memories of his life with you.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:44 am -  Reply

      Thank you Theresa, yes it was the toughest decision! Thank you xx

  56. jo March 21, 2018 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    thinking of you and your family,i have tears streaming down my face,remember the happy memories that you have

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:45 am -  Reply

      Awww, sorry Jo, thank you xx

  57. Tracy Jutsum March 21, 2018 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    dear pippa.
    so sorry to hear of your sad news it is horrible i know just how you feel having been in that same situation they are very much part of the family all my love thinking of you and your family at this sad time take care
    tracy and family xx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:45 am -  Reply

      Thank you Tracy xx

  58. val rollings March 21, 2018 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    so sorry to hear of your loss. he is playing up in doggie heaven with no pain, love to you all at this sad time. love val

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:45 am -  Reply

      I hold on to that image regularly Val, thank you xx

  59. Joan Gilmore March 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    This has started me crying again. Anyone who owns a dog knows how hard it is when we lose them.They are never forgotten even years later. I do now have another dog and he,s just so lovely, so hopefully in time!. Take care.x

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:46 am -  Reply

      Yes everyone says that Joan, I think we need a bit of time first but I can’t see us without a doggie forever. Thank you xx

  60. MELANIE March 21, 2018 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, What a beautifully written blog:It made me cry.
    Sending you and your family love and best wishes. Remember the happy times . Take care.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:46 am -  Reply

      Thanks Melanie, that’s a very kind comment to make xx

  61. Mandy March 21, 2018 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, so sorry to hear your sad news about your beautiful boy Tynor. It is a horrible situation having to play God isn’t it? Losing your dog is so heart breaking as they are always there, always pleased to see you & provide unconditional love & support when we need it especially when we don’t want to talk. Even though it is so raw & difficult right now just remember what a great life he had with your family & how he enriched yours.
    Love & hugs

    Mandy xx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:48 am -  Reply

      Hi Mandy, that’s exactly the bit I’ve struggled with …playing God! It’s ridiculously hard but I know was the right thing. Thank you, I’m lucky that I have my horse still to not talk to when I need to not talk 🙂 xxx

  62. Joan Kitching March 21, 2018 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Grief is the price we pay for love.

    I am writing this in floods of tears thinking of your loss and your pain.
    I have been there and I know those awful feelings. The unconditional love they give us and the heplessness we feel when they are poorly and we can’t save them…….

    How lucky you were to have him in your life and how lucky he was to have a lovely family like yours to love him and give him all those happy years.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:48 am -  Reply

      Beautifully put Joan, thank you xx

  63. Jenny Wilson March 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful boy, read your story about him yesterday and was in tears.
    Today I am in tears again as I have had to have one of my 3 dogs put to sleep which is heartbreaking, she had a twisted bowel. Its a big empty hole and I keep expecting her to be there wagging her tail when I look round.
    Thinking of you at this sad time x

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:49 am -  Reply

      Oh Jenny, I am so so sorry!! Sending you much love at this really hard time, thank you for sending me a message in the midst of your grief. As everyone says, hang on to those good memories filled with love and happiness and know that she is ok now xxxx

  64. Helen Tanner March 21, 2018 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pipa, I am so so sorry that you’ve had to say goodbye to your beautiful boy. I have 4 labradors and know just how much love and happiness they give. You gave him 11 precious years and in return he gave you love and devotion…you should be so proud of yourself. Remember the happy times and take comfort in that xxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:50 am -  Reply

      Thank you Helen, that’s such a lovely thing to say. FOUR labs?? Wow, what a fab family you have!!! xxx

  65. Pam Griffiths March 22, 2018 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Dear Pipa thank you for this blog about Tynor, I cried buckets and I can tell you loved each other very much. I believe we all meet again someday, what a smashing dog he was, and you gave him a lovely life. Take care.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:50 am -  Reply

      Thank you Pam, I love the idea that we will all walk together again xx

  66. Diane March 22, 2018 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    What a beautiful & sad story Pipa, Tynor was obviously determined to be with you all, what a courageous dog.
    It’s wonderful to have pets in your life particularly with children growing such wonderful memories that will help you all at this time.
    Best wishes x

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:52 am -  Reply

      Thank you Diane xx

  67. June Moxon March 22, 2018 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    When you commit to an animal if nature takes its course you know the day will come when you have to say goodbye but the love and companionship you gain from your them is more than the heartbreak of saying goodbye so what do we do ? we commit to another animal because that’s what animal lovers do we need an animal to love so Pipa in time that’s what you will do I remember all my pet and still shed a tear for them even when years pass it’s the price we pay for our love of animals xxxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:53 am -  Reply

      So true June xx

  68. Jackie March 22, 2018 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pipa and family, so sorry to hear about Tynor, it is so hard losing your pet, but you have some fabulous memories to cherish. He will always be in your hearts.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:53 am -  Reply

      Thanks Jackie x

  69. ADELE T March 23, 2018 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    What beautiful pictures Pipa and a lot of very special memories that you will keep close to your hearts and in your hearts forever!! With lots of love at this difficult time to you and all the family. Tynor will be missed but was very much loved and cared for and had a happy love filled life with you all!! Big hugs XOXO

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:53 am -  Reply

      Thanks Adele, it was hard going through all the pics but I’m so glad that I have so many of him xx

  70. Chris Howells March 23, 2018 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear pipa and family, so sorry you have lost your dear Tynor thinking of you. X

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:54 am -  Reply

      Thanks Chris xx

  71. Kim March 24, 2018 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Such a lovely tribute blog to the gorgeous Tynor, Pippa. Love and thoughts to you and your family xx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:54 am -  Reply

      Thank you Kim xx

  72. ANNETTE BRAY March 24, 2018 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pippa, it made me cry reading your blog as our black lab Bertie died on Christmas Eve, he had a brain tumour, I miss him so much, he was 15. I am on the look out for another rescue lab you won’t be thinking about another dog yet, but hopefully the time will come when you feel you can give another dog a wonderful home.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:55 am -  Reply

      Oh Annette that must have made Christmas so very hard for you all!! I hope you find a new buddy soon xx

  73. Kathryn Stewart March 24, 2018 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pippa, my heart broke and I cried for you over darling Tynor. I lost my dear cairn 2yrs ago (he took a seizure and 2 hrs later I had to make that awful decision to release him). I still cry but it’s the most selfless decision you have ever made. To those who say “it’s just a dog”, I say “no, it was MY dog”. Remember him often, cry together, laugh together. He will always be in your hearts. My love and hugs to you all xxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:56 am -  Reply

      Hi Kathryn, you’re absolutely right, they are so much more than dogs, they are truly heartfelt companions who are an intrinsic part of our lives and presence in our hearts xxx

  74. Mag March 25, 2018 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pipa, so sorry to hear about Tynor. Our pets are much loved members of our family and it is heartbreaking to say goodbye. The pain will lessen over time. Just think of all the good times and how lucky you were to have him and what a wonderful pet he was. He will forever be in your !I’ve with all the wonderful memories. Stay strong.
    Margaret

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:56 am -  Reply

      Thanks Margaret xx

  75. Judith lennon March 25, 2018 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    I have just read your blog. It’s so very sad and I do know how you. Feel. My son’s dog is poorly at present and is going down hill fast. This morning she didn’t even want a munch on a carrot. We are just waiting for the inevitable. We all love her dearly and I know we will all shed many tears. Thinking of you. Judith x

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:57 am -  Reply

      Oh Judith that’s so sad, sending much love to you all xxx

  76. Michele Bromwich March 25, 2018 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pippa so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Tynor. It is so hard as they are so special they never judge us. We lost Bella our darling cat one year ago and still we and are devastated. All I can say is be sad but be glad of your precious times with him and now your very special memories which will be with you for ever.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:57 am -  Reply

      It’s true, thanks Michele xx

  77. Susan Podmore March 25, 2018 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Sorry for your loss pipa he reminds so much of my sons dog rosey a great companion and freind X

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:58 am -  Reply

      Awww, thank you xx

  78. Sue hughes March 26, 2018 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    So sorry to hear your sad news of your beloved Tynor. Remember the good times if you can ,it takes time. He looks so gorgeous in the photos. Love to you all .Sue x😢

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:58 am -  Reply

      He really was Sue, thank you xx

  79. janet groves March 26, 2018 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pipa I have just read your blog .
    Can’t believe that after everything you lost your lovely Tynor.
    RIP beautiful boy Xxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:58 am -  Reply

      I know Janet, me neither, thank you xx

  80. Joan Bufton March 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Pipa so sorry to hear about Tynor I understand that he will leave a big hole in your heart. We our lost our wonderful Jack Russell, Jamie over 20 years ago at the grand old age of 16. I still miss him dreadfully and have never forgotten him.

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 11:59 am -  Reply

      My husband grew up with a Jack Russell Joan, he says they are great dogs xx

  81. Joanne Walters March 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa I’m s8 sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. I understand how you must be feeling as I too had to say goodbye to my wonderful lab, Ned, on 19th March. The house feels so empty without him. Feeling very emotional!

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

      Oh Joanne I am so sorry, it’s amazing how much the house is a home with a dog curled up in his bed, or at the bottom of the stairs, or just generally under everyone’s feet …it’s how it should be xxx

  82. Helen Grant March 28, 2018 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear your sad news, we had to have our beautiful boxer Summer, put to sleep 9 weeks ago. It is the most heartbreaking decision to make but you know it is the right thing for your loyal companion. Not a day goes by without thinking of her. Hold on to all the happy times take care xx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi Helen, I’m so sorry to hear about Summer, boxers are fab dogs!! xx

  83. Vanessa Roberts March 28, 2018 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    So terribly sorry for your dreadful loss Pipa. My heart breaks for you and your family. Sending love and big hugs to you all. R.I.P. gorgeous boy, Tynor xxxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Vanessa xx

  84. Liberty March 31, 2018 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Dear Pipa
    What a lovely old boy your doggie was. So hard to offer comfort to those who loose a pet, (I read your blog when it was first live,but felt that I couldn’t add to all the existing messages.)
    Take heart how blessed you were to have him in your life – he looks such a kind, gentle old soul.
    Sending you some Cotswold love,
    Cirensiren

  85. Jane March 31, 2018 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear your news its heartbreaking. We lost our boxer aged 10 months of a brain tumour 5 years ago we were distraught the sadness is there still but you channel it in happy memories.

  86. Sandy Hill April 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Oh no, so sad to read this, this is the down side to having such great pets, thinking of you all, xxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

      It really is Sandy, thank you xx

  87. Christine Caffrey April 3, 2018 at 1:15 am -  Reply

    So sorry for your loss Pipa, our pets are family ❤️ Remember all the happy memories, sending you and your family lots of love xxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

      We always will Christine, thank you xx

  88. Jenny Johnson April 7, 2018 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    So sorry to read this. We have a Lab and he’s getting old now. Dreading that time that will surely come. We give so much love to our pets and its heartbreaking when they go. Please hold on to the lovely memories and know you loved him to the limit and did the right thing at the end. I always say its the last act of love you can do when they are so poorly. Big hugs to you and your family xxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 13, 2018 at 10:37 am -  Reply

      Aww Jenny I do hope your lab keeps going strong for as long as possible! Thank you for your message xx

  89. Patricia Mellor April 7, 2018 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, just read your blog and so so sorry to hear about your loss if such a beautiful dog. This happened to me 18 months ago, so out of the blue, one minute i had a healthy springer the next she was gone. I still miss her now as she was so close to me. I have got another springer and she too is close to me but a totally different character. Each one brings their own unique love and loyalty. I had to make a comment to you as after reading your blog i too had tears rolling down my face and i felt for you so much! Time does heal but if you are not a dog lover i dont think one can understand the bond you get between our pets. No matter what they are akways faithful and loyal and never answer you back!!! Chin up Pippa. Take care x

    • Pipa Gordon April 13, 2018 at 10:39 am -  Reply

      Gosh Patricia that must have been awful for you! I’ve always said, time takes as long as it takes with things like this. We have his ashes in his bed in the kitchen still, and one of the cats curls up next to it …I know it’s a bit odd, but it takes as long as it takes! Thank you xx

  90. CHRISTINE BRAILSFORD April 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,
    so sorry to hear of your loss of your dog Tynor, we all love our pets and its such a loss when we lose them, we lost our flat coated retriever cross in 2013, he has cushing disease which required tablets and regular blood test to monitor him, he had to change medications due to blood work and how high, low the counts were, wall we went to the USA on holiday to visit a friend there and my charlie was in kennels and was taken bad, the kennels took him to the vet , and the vets phoned my partners father to inform him my charlie was very ill and to contact us, which he did, i had given my partners parents the phone number of where we were staying with my friend, I could not believe it, well the vets phoned us and i spoke to the vets who told me that my charlie was x rayed and found to have a tumour on hes liver, and they would call back in 2 hrs, well i got my partner to take that call and my partner was on the phone a long time, i was crying, my partner finished the phone call and said to me, Im so sorry ive asked the vet to put charlie to sleep, he was not eating, drinking and they tried to stand him up and he would not stand, hes organs were shutting down, so my partner had him put to sleep, it was so hard to carry on our holiday, but somehow we did, i cried myself to sleep the whole 2 weeks, and when we got home it was awful seeing hes basket and toys there, we had to go to the kennels and to the vets, we got my charlie cremated and we scattered some of hes ashes in Wales where we spent many happy holidays with charlie, I also made him a memorial garden and scattered some of hes ahses on it, i have the rest of charlies ashes in a box on the book shelf in our living room, it took me a few years to get over crying every day over my charlie, he was my first dog i had and we now have a 3 year old springer spaniel, he will never replace charlie, they are 2 different dogs, but charlie will always hold a special place in my heart, hes over the rainbow bridge now with all the other animals and it totally well and running free and pain free, it helped me when I did the memorial garden, I planted roses there and have ornaments there too, you will never forget Tynor , in time maybe get another dog, but untill then Tynor is there in your heart and mind, you will never forget him, just takes time to heal over your loss, they are our babies, and you love them forever, god bless you Pippa and your family too, so sorry for you loss, take care and big hugs to you all there

    • Pipa Gordon April 13, 2018 at 10:43 am -  Reply

      Hi Christine, goodness me I can’t imagine how awful that time for you was!!! We too are scattering Tynor’s ashes in the garden, I bought the new pots just this week and they are nearly ready for him …but we aren’t quite ready to let him go yet. My son has asked for a little box to keep in his room with some of the ashes too. It’s so hard isn’t it? We never forget these wonderful wonderful characters who seem to move into our hearts with such ease. Tynor was a wonderful boy, as was your Charlie and our memories will stay strong forever xxx

  91. Bernie King April 8, 2018 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Tynor could not have lived in a more loving forever home.So sorry for your loss x

    • Pipa Gordon April 13, 2018 at 10:44 am -  Reply

      Thank you Bernie xx

  92. Alison April 8, 2018 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Touched by the tale of your beautiful Tynor. What a life full of love he must have known to leave you with such treasured memories. Sending you all best wishes x

    • Pipa Gordon April 13, 2018 at 10:44 am -  Reply

      Thank you Alison xx

  93. Heidi Barnett April 8, 2018 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, oh hon I am so sorry. I cried all the way through reading this. At least he can’t suffer now, bless him.
    I am sure you will remember me, I did a piece for your site years ago re Fibromyalgia. I have a black lab too, the love of my life and when that day comes, it will break me. He is now 10.
    Huge hugs all round to your family, I know when you lose a family pooch it is heartbreaking!
    He looked gorgeous and I am sure all those lovely memories will get you grabbing the tissues but smiling too. Lots of love. Heidi xxx

    • Pipa Gordon April 13, 2018 at 10:47 am -  Reply

      Oh hi Heidi! How are you doing these days?? Thank you so much, we do love them don’t we? Of course I remember your article …gosh that site was hard work but I loved it. Sadly it got destroyed by hackers a couple of years ago, I was gutted. My own fault though, I hadn’t backed it up properly !!!! Sending much love to you xx

  94. Sian April 8, 2018 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    The pain of loss is the price we pay for loving our pets so much but we’d not have it any other way would we? It hurts so much but you and your family will have lots of wonderful happy memories that I hope will comfort you and get you through this really difficult time. Lots of love to you all. I know exactly how it feels. X

    • Pipa Gordon April 13, 2018 at 10:47 am -  Reply

      You’re absolutely right Sian, thank you xx

  95. Patsy Jones April 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    My heart goes out to you. Our beloved cat Casper was very ill in January and we had to make the hard decision it was not fair to keep him because we loved him so much. He was 20 years old and a big part of our life, and like you son my son was his best friend. Even now are hearts are still broken and we find ourselves crying because we miss him so much, but I know he is with his brother now and that makes me happy. Like you say it lovely having all the happy memories and knowing you made the right decision. sending you our best wishes x

    • Pipa Gordon May 18, 2018 at 10:17 am -  Reply

      Thank you Patsy, it is so heartbreaking, we miss our beloved pets so much don’t we? Lots of love to you too xx

  96. Mrs Sharon Windram June 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pippa, so very sorry to hear about your beloved four legged friend Tynor. He reminds me of my own black lab Ford, Fordy or known as Mr Ford! He is a regect from the guide dogs for the blind & went lame at the age of 10 months when he was with his puppy walker. After an operation, physiotherapy & hydrotherapy we were lucky to adopt him at the age of 17 months & he has been with us ever since. He is 11 years now & has been an absolute joy & my best friend but I fear that decision that every pet owner has to make may be arriving sooner rather than later. Ford is struggling with arthritis & is on anti-inflammatories prescribed by the vets but has been struggling to stand & walk over the past few days. He appears depressed & I am sure he is in a great amount of pain but still manages to wag his tail when you speak to him bless him. I suspect a few trips to the vets will be made this week & I am mentally trying to prepare myself for the inevitable. I love the entry that someone posted Pippa about the rainbow bridge & I find reading that a great comfort. Take care my dear & stay strong, much love & hugs xxxx

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