Thank you so much for your thoughtful replies…


Mungo 001Thank you all so much for your truly thoughtful replies, and thank you for understanding. Do you know it's made me cry again, yet also take comfort in the thought that all our beloved furry friends are careering madly around together up there.

We had the most loveliest moments on our farewell walk, we certainly were a sight en masse with five lovely dogs, and one in our hearts. The sun was shining and it really was so perfect.

I understand perfectly Sylvia what you said about sibling dogs, seeing my sister and brother-in-law's girls, Molly and Bess, who are related and are their "babies" really is such a lovely sight.

Flowers, chosen from Nanny's garden, were placed in front of the bench and quiet moments were had by the children – such solemn little faces for a moment as each child sprinkled a little of Mungo's ashes. Maddie read out her poem which had us crying and then laughing through our tears. See what you think (with her spellings!)…

Maddie's poem for Mungo

MY Dearist Mungolina
My dearist Mungolina makes me smile when she was there
her lovely tail wagging and her thick black hair.
My dearist Mungolina was a wonderful dog
magnifasent and brave, much better than a frog.

Una and Chrissie, I that you and Maddie should be winners in the pet naming category – delicious names for all your kittens. Remember that Maddie was responsible for naming Twinkle our cat and Sparkle, Flo and Elsie, our super feathered girls who served us so well with the finest eggs until… yes four weeks ago the vile fox got them. It seems so wrong buying eggs again.

Debi like Monty, Mungo was a bread monster too. Now I have no chooks to give my scraps too and no Mungo to wolf down the end of the loaf…or the middle…or the beginning for that matter, it feels really different. 

When Joe announced we were bad luck for pets I felt so sad and explained that we had been so so lucky to have had Mungo for such a long time, though it does make me wonder if we'll dare to have a pet again for a while. Miss Twinks is doing just fine though I'm pleased to report!

It's true that children have an acceptance different to our own and I think each of them has dealt beautifully with their feelings.

Tony, I guess the circle of life hits us all and often it can be late into life with a loved one. Perhaps, I don't know, but maybe it's a blessing to experience it whilst young? 

Tom's teacher rang me to say Tom had done a special 'show and tell' with his class and answered questions about Mungo – she was impressed and we were very proud of him.

I had a few quiet moments and chatted with Mungo as I wandered in and out of the woods, as if she were with me sniffing all the wonderful autumn smells. We completed our special time by scattering her ashes at the bottom of our garden where she loved to disappear and woof.

She did woof well (scared everyone yet really not scarey), woofing with a waggly bottom and more often than not a teddy half out of her mouth – she did do a fine job 'playing' the part!

We decided against an actual tree or stone, though I do think it can bring huge comfort. Reading that Gill, Fay and Tess all have such special places for their babies, I did contemplate asking Dan if she could be near Gypsy and my lovely lilac that Ali Keenan gave me for my birthday, beautiful just like her.

Changing the subject a little… Jo thank you so much for your beautiful pictures. You all looked divine and happy – a perfect day! It really is nice to have you in my mind as I write and I for one can't wait to see Ali's blog when it's up nor can I wait to see photos of another beautiful mother of the bride!

I can imagine the joy each year of seeing your roses bloom Susan. I remember so well asking my Mummy why Daddy's ashes were just scattered amongst the rose garden in the crematorium and not in a special place.

She said Daddy was already in a special place and that the pain of being unable to visit if we moved away (which we did) and it appearing that he was not loved would be too much to bear. So we decided that we too would just hold Mungo in our hearts forever, where she will live on as you so perfectly put Sue. Though Maddie asked for her collar and it is around the neck of her soft toy black Labrador… appropriate.

Also like your daughter Lizzie writing to Oscar, I suspect I shall find some little notes penned by her! And Kay, I have a lovely picture of Mungo by my bed to say 'night, night' to and it's horrid not having them in their bed to say god bless to.

After all those years of moaning about the black dog hair situation, when I swept the floor for that first time can you believe I actually re-sprinkled some out of the dustpan and let it waft back to the edges… now that IS mad!

In fact Marion, I bet you're now laughing as I'm sure with a long haired German Shepherd you know ALL about black dog hairs!

Nell, don't suppose you'll ever contemplate a teeny tiny dog something tells me!

I was so moved by all your comments and in some ways, although terribly sad I feel we've had a special time whilst we've written and had the chance, sad albeit, to re-live, smile and yes cry whilst we've brought out our memories. Thank you so much for being kind to me and also for sharing stories about your special furry ones.

Sonia, you made me smile saying Kooda was in a fur suit as we too thought the same. When Dan and I first met, his dog Renko was always known as a boy in a dog suit! 

And yes, as you noticed I had a moment when I did the Butler and Wilson show - I realised I hadn't told any one and suddenly felt sad. Cheryl, I wonder if the top we showed reminded you of Robbie?

Louise, having had the terrible experience of witnessing the fight a human being displays battling against cancer, I too share the thoughts you wrote. It is so very hard to understand why we allow suffering so great in humans when we are at least able to help our pets. It seems so many of our dogs had to suffer the hideous disease though.

Julie your words to Zara made me cry.

Lisa and Anne, thank you for your words and Anne I hope Lily is enjoying the pup – I think Simon Biagi has much the same scenario! 

Ruth, I know what you mean about needing to go and stroke another dog. It was hard on Sunday as we walked with friends and I saw so many fab dogs out enjoying themselves. So we jumped at the chance to take Spike, a lab cross (Lin, is yours a Labradoodle?) and Mowgli for a quick walk, as my sister-in-law had Joe in London for the day.

Though I was tearful, and Jeannie not sure when I'll feel up to another dog, I can't imagine family life without one for too long.

I hope that you can keep your wonderful memory of your boxers in your heart Louise.

Karin, thank you for your reply about Baggins, and Nicola I think that your journal was a lovely thing to do.

Violet, what a truly wonderful completion to your story, to think they're together is absolutely lovely, and I wish you much joy with Tilly and Soomi. 

Lovely Tina, our XO's were distributed and very well received!

To Christine, I don't think you're mad, I do it all the time!  And Linda, as Mungo was rather partial to cats, well ours at least, I'm imagining her and Toots snuggled up together!

Martin, Julie G in Herts (I wonder if you're near me?) and Anne I thank you for writing to me and your wishes and Jeannie for your support. I hope to goodness I haven't missed anyone out. I'm fearful I have… and to Charlotte who had to say "Goodnight" to Phoebe… all my love to you.

You are all spectacular and I'm very honoured to have the opportunity to realise it through QVC.

Lots of Love,
Claire xxx


  1. Linda, Glasgow October 27, 2011 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    What a lovely thing to do in answering all our comments in your blogxx I once went to a fortune teller(i cant resist this type of thing), now ,she didnt know me or my family,friends etc and when i went in to see her she said that some dogs and cats had come in with me to say hello!! well,she then went on to describe and name all of them – and i was gobsmacked as she had just described and named a good few of my and my families pets who had now gone to heaven – and this was without me saying a word – i guess we’ve just got to accept that this is something we cant understand but i found it comforting nevertheless. Maddie’s poem and Tom’s show and tell was a wonderful tribute to a much loved pet – they are such a credit to you and Dan – gosh when i seen your piccie on your last blog(of you and Dan with Mungo)it brought back such memories of when QVC sent you and Julia to the Bahamas and your Dan and Simon Wilson and i remember Kim Mendleson was there too – you and Dan were not long married(but no babies,yet) and the shows you and Julia did were fantastic and the weather was lovely – i remember Simon saying how much he liked Dan as i think you had all enjoyed a day together. You looked just like you do in that piccie – memories eh!! I love the thought of Toots and Mungo cuddled up together in heavenxx Thanks again for the mention Claire,how are you getting on with decorating your gypsy caravan – i’m imagining Kath Kidston fabric and china tea cups and saucers with Maddie and mummy having afternoon “girl” time(i used to love this type of time with my mum – we talked nails,makeup etc and drank coffee and ate homebaked(by mum) cupcakes)i’m sure you and your crew are making your own memories – and Mungo is a loving part of them. I like to remember that no one – man or animal – actually dies whilst they are remembered and talked about by people who loved themxx Love to everyonex Linda,Glasgow p.s. I cant wait to see AliK and Lucy’s wedding photograph too – i do so hope the day went off without a hitchx

  2. Susan October 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    What an absolutely gorgeous blog. I adored the way you spoke to everyone! What a genius way to reply too! Lovely stories about the kids and their goodbyes. You’re right…I do love seeing our pup’s rose bush bloom. It’s lovely. I totally see why your Mum said about what if you move though. So true. But also as you say…we’ll always take our memories with us! Which is the best thing we can have I think. Gosh it’s chilly now isn’t it? I hope you’re all wrapped up with the kiddies. They’re real angels you have there. Take care for now and love to your Ali K.
    SUsan x

  3. Kristina Moore October 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire, thank you for sharing your life with us and feeling that we help by replying. That is really special!
    Tina X0X0X0X0X0

  4. Sue Hickman October 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire,
    I feel so much for you & your family. No one realises what it it like to loose a much loved dog until they go through it. Last year we lost our beloved Penny, a Golden Retriever. She was 13 & had mast cell tumours. She had several operations & I tried everything to keep the cancer at bay. We were heart broken. She was our 3rd golden that we had lost & it never gets any easier.
    Much love

  5. Michelle Bruce October 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, i’m so sorry to hear your news – i’ve lost two dogs this year, the first was Sox, a very handsome border collie – he was my best friend, my companion, my protector, he was 17 when I had to say goodbye, that was 6 months ago today and I still miss him, then a month ago today I lost Welliedog a funny, smelly, beautiful cocker spaniel, she couldn’t see or hear, she cried from morning till night after Sox went, she wasn’t eating, drinking, she’d lost her zest completely, she had also been diagnosed with having bowel cancer and there was nothing they could do for her, she was 15 so I had to say goodbye to her exactly 5 months to the day I said bye to Sox, whilst I still miss them and it still hurts, I know they’re together again, running around, causing havoc, chewing sticks, eating all their favourite foods but I also know they’re around me when I need them xx

  6. Annette Roberts October 31, 2011 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Thank you for sharing your most beautiful and moving last moments with mungo…now running in the wind with all the autumn leaves, no doubt with a big doggy grin on her face and watching over you all in doggy heaven, she’ll be with you wherever you go!
    Chris pestered me to death to have a hamster a couple of years ago and although I had misgivings I said yes, go on then. If a grown man wants the hamster he never had as a child, who am I to stand in his way!
    We called him Harry, he was a lovely little thing rolling round in his green ball and Bobby chasing after him, not knowing what to make of it all, barking and wagging his tail. We had a few close shaves, when Chris forgot to close the cage door one night and we came down to find a trail of Bobby’s dog biscuits across the carpet, eventually finding him behind the radiator, then there was getting him out…
    I never thought, for on minute, that I would get upset over a little furry friend, but woke one morning to find he hadn’t eaten his treat, then burst into tears when Chris told me the worst…he used to take his treats out of my hand and stuff his little cheeks full to busting.
    We put him in his little carry case, which Chris taped up tight, then he went to the top of the garden to dig a hole…he was there for some time, so I went to see what was happening, only to find he had dug about 3′ down and was still digging with Bobby helping of course, his white face now black! There were a few minutes spent and then Chris went to clean his cage out to put it away. He wasn’t going to have another one, but went to the pet shop one day and couldn’t resist…we now have Henry named after the cricket commentator Henry Blofeld!
    Thank you again for sharing your moments with us.
    Annette x

  7. Helen November 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire my lovely! I’ve been out of the loop for a while but after reading your blog and wiping the tears, I can only tell you how sorry I am about Mungo and how I dread that day myself. Your description of your darling doggie is a dead ringer for our wonderful “cover girl” Cassie who is also a black lab, full of woof and wag just like Mungo and yes a soft toy of various description is always in her chops as well! Cherish the good times and live the memories, your life is richer and all the better for having had her company – yes it hurts, but it will get better and knowing she had a wonderful time with you and your family is part of the healing process. Chin up lovely, I’m sending you a hug xxxx

  8. Dorothy Collins November 5, 2011 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Dear Claire, having had to sit by someone special’s bedside in hospital til they passed away, not knowing if they were hurting, watching them lose their dignity and knowing that they had had enough but not being able to do anything about it I know truly believe that what my Mum says is true…………….It is an honour to make that decision for your loved pet, because that is what they deserve, the love they give, the laughter they create and the joy you get, it is only right in return that when they are poorly and cannot get better then you let them go.
    Please feel better soon, I couldn’t read your blog without tears running down my face and my heart goes out to your all at such a sad time……………… Dorothy

  9. Susan November 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Clarita,
    Just had to say cannot wait to see you (and Jill) doing the Pilates shows next week. You’re both really fun to watch and I absolutely loved you doing the Zumba shows!! Please keep doing them! Along with Miss Annne of course!
    Susan x

  10. Marian Bolton November 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Mungo. What truly lovely blogs you wrote and what a wonderful loving response from everyone. I’ve lost two feline companions over the years and felt so alone at the time but it just shows you how many lovely people understand how devastating it can be. I’ve just found a lump on ‘my little tiger’s’ leg this weekend, so off to the vets tomorrow. He seems fine otherwise though so I’m praying it’s nothing sinister.
    Lots of love to you and your lovely family. (I loved Maddie’s poem, it did make me smile at the end!)

  11. Susan November 8, 2011 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Claire…me again!!! Sorry but know you love Strictly and I just found out poor Artem has a fractured spine!! Even more amazing that he and Holly did such a fabulous routine on Saturday now!
    Chat soon, Susan x

  12. Natasha Whittle November 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    My heart goes out to you, the love an animal gives you is so very special, they just love you, no matter what, through good days and bad, you are always their special person. I have let 3 of my dogs go to The Rainbow Bridge and take comfort that they are pain free and playing until we meet again…I now have 3 rescue greyhounds, they are the sweetest dogs and after giving their all in their racing career, the lucky ones need loving homes to spend their retirement in…sending you and your family lots of love

  13. Mel November 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I am so sorry to hear about Mungolina – thank you for sharing Maddies poem as well as Tom’s Show n Tell. As I reply, I am crying. Chester, had cancer of the pancreas and sadly I had to make the decision that no-one wants to make. I miss him every day and can hardly talk about him without crying – in fact I cry when we walk down memory lane when we have a moment or two looking back on the path of yesterday. However, I do know that they are waiting patiently for me and the family to greet us at the door as they always doid. I have three Old English Sheepdogs, Tia, Lincoln and Esher. Esher is 18 weeks old and causing all sorts of mischief.
    I hope you dont mind, but I have added the poem entitled Rainbow Bridge – please have a box of tissues as you will probably cry. The poem always gives me some comfort and makes me smile through the tears:
    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
    Author unknown…
    Take care
    Mel xx

  14. Simon December 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Thanks for sharing.
    What a lovely poem by Maddie. It made laugh at the end. 🙂
    Take care. Hope the Christams month brings lots of joy.
    Simon x

  15. Sheran Acton December 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, i’m so sorry to hear of the passing away of Mungolina, i too lost my dog Megan(she was a Doberman/Collie X)to cancer on 28th November. She had tumours that had spread throughout her body n 1 of them burst n she was severely bleeding, we rushed her to the vets but was told that she was in a great deal of pain n that it would be the kindest thing to have her put to sleep. I miss her so much but what my husband n i do is… each night when we look at the stars n see the 1 that is shining the brightest we always say “Hello Megan”, we get a lot of comfort knowing that she is amongst the brightest stars. I hope you n your family have a heart-warming xmas n may the brightest star shine for mungolina n every1 else’s loved pet too. lots of love from Shez xxxx

  16. Annette Roberts January 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
    This is just a little note to my earlier reply to your blog about poor Mungo and my tale of Chris and his hamsters.
    Henry, had been tottering around his little cage and Chris said he’s started to look old. Then on Friday before Christmas, Chris found him between his little log cabin and food dish…he’d gone to ‘Hamster Heaven’, what a shame he didn’t make it to Christmas, we’d bought him some muffins. He is now lying on top of Harry hamster and they will no doubt be looking after each other…he was 2 1/2 years old which is pretty good for a hamster.
    This time Chris has been to the pet shop and hasn’t come back with another little friend. I thinks it is hard when hamsters have such a short little life, you get so attached to them…maybe sometime in the future he may have another one.
    Hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you.
    Annette x

  17. sharon homer-wheeler July 11, 2012 at 12:56 am -  Reply

    The greatest tribute you can ever pay a pet is to have another and bestow the same love ……. and this is what you have done.

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