the gentle bucolic ramblings of an English rose, blooming in rural Normandy

Thursday, 3 January 2013

au revoir my sweet Ben

My best pal, dear sweet Ben
 went to sleep for the very last time today, 
life in Normandy will never be the same without him.


  1. So sorry - we still miss Charlie, 4 years on [we all watched snowman&snowdog on Christmas eve, and wept when the boy's dog died!!]

    hugs xx

  2. Maggie, your heart must feel like it's breaking. Our dogs become part of our lives as they are so dependent on us. They ask nothing other than to be loved, feed and walked.
    Hope the happy memories of Ben replace the pain you are feeling at the moment in the not to distant future.
    R.I.P. Ben

  3. Oh I'm so very sorry. I'm glad he had such a wonderful person to take care of him. He is very lucky. Someone said that we come to earth to learn to be good and, as dogs are already good, they don't need to stay as long. You are in my prayers.


  4. So terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved pet. Animals become such a huge and valuable part of our lives, and loves. Take care & God bless, xoxox Carol

  5. So sorry to hear this Maggie

  6. This sad news brings tears on a cold winter morning - I know how much sweet Ben was loved for many years. Maggie, know I'm thinking of you and all you did to make Ben's life wonderful, comfortable, special, and full of love.

    I'm holding you close in thought today dear friend.
    Hugs - Mary

  7. Tears are pouring down my face while reading this. It breaks my heart for you! I know that Ben was a much-loved family member.

    I am so sorry, Maggie. I'll be praying for you!

  8. Oh so sad for you, Maggie. You have lost your dear friend. I am so sorry.

  9. I'm so sorry, Maggie. The love one shows in letting go is overwhelmed by the sense of loss. Hugs.

  10. Oh dear Maggi , I am so sorry that you lost your dear friend Mr Ben. I am sure he had wonderful years with you and you will always remember those good times.


  11. It is hard, I know. My thoughts are with you all. Ben brought you so much joy and was a beautiful dog. I am glad I got to meet him. xo Jenny

  12. Oh Maggie, I was so sorry to see this on my blogroll this morning. It makes me SO sad for you and Mr. Normandy. I will truly miss your pictures and references to Ben in your blog posts, but not nearly so much as I know you will miss him.

    Our MacDuff is almost 13, and believe me, I'm always watching him for signs of cancer, which is what took my first two Scotties. Loving our dogs brings us so much joy and happiness, but they always break our hearts when it's time to say goodbye.

    You will be in my thoughts.



  13. Sorry to read this. What a bad start into the new year. I know how you feel. I still miss our Josy who we had to let go 3 1/2 years ago. And our Blue Heeler is 16 1/2 yo and I am thankful for each single day he is fit enough not to make "that" decision.
    Hugs to you.

  14. I am so sorry, Maggie. Your Ben was such a big part of your life in Normandy. Hugs to you.

  15. My thoughts are with you on such a sad day and as you adjust to life without your buddy. It may be bad theology but I believe they'll all be there and wagging their tails when we meet again.

  16. Oh, Maggie, you know my heart is breaking with this news. I can't type my eyes are full of tears. I will call you soon, dear friend.
    Such a sweet Mr. Ben. I will always treasure that I got to spend time with this dear one. Thinking about you.....Love, Sarah

  17. Oh, my dear Maggie -- I know your heart is breaking. Mine has only all too recently begun to heal. It takes time.

    What I do know is that Mr. Ben was very lucky indeed to come to the Presbytere and find such a loving home. He is a family member and a friend who will never be replaced.

    Be gentle with yourselves at this time, my friend. Let your heart ache as long as it needs to. Sending many hugs and a few tears.

  18. I know that pets can bring happiness and companionship to those who love them. I'm sorry you have lost your friend.

  19. So sorry to hear about Ben, he had a good home and life in Normandy.
    Life will go on and you will find it in your heart to take on another companion.
    Best Wishes

  20. OMGosh -- My dear friend -- I came here to say that your blog was loaded in for my Grow Your Blog party - and I see this~~

    I am heartbroken for you -- I truly know this pain. I wish I could be there to sit with you and just let you talk about your boy -- I am so so sorry.


  21. Your loss is felt by all who have lost a dear pet. I am so sorry to hear of your dear dog Ben,s passing. He was such a faithful companion to you. And you provided him with such love through the years. My thoughts are with you both.

  22. Oh I am so sorry. Sleep in peace, sweet Ben. Sending hugs to you, Maggie.

  23. Dear Maggie and Roger - I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your precious Ben. Loss is hard, and we are never really prepared. I don't believe that grief lives inside of us, but I do believe that it comes to visit and stays as long as it wants.
    But eventually it gets crowded out by peace and understanding and the sunshine of a new day and moseys on down the road.
    I wish for you the sunshine of a new day!
    Your friend always
    Nancy N

  24. I'm sorry for your loss. It's so hard to lose our freinds that give us unconditional love. ~Amy

  25. Really sorry to hear your very sad news Maggie. Our dogs are so much part of our lives, it is awful when they leave us.
    Take care and thinking of you and Rog xxx


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