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.