many of you now know we had to make the ultimate decision
for Duncan following an extremely aggressive form of lymphatic
cancer. Duncan left us for the rainbow bridge on Friday, 9th
following is not about the sadness and shock and the speed in
which this happened but more about why ‘The Dunc’
birth Duncan had a real fight for survival and once through
that period we discovered an issue with his front leg. Now
for a short while he was fine but as he grew from the new
born puppy stage to being a bigger puppy we knew the problem
was going to be serious – so much so that in fact at
one stage we thought we would have to have him put to sleep
stage left a vet who was interested in orthopaedic surgery and
after a couple of visits and listening to him and his honesty
we took the decision to have his leg operated on – Duncan
was always a fighter..........
core story of course is in “Duncan’s story”
and I am not going to rewrite it here, instead I am writing
my own tribute to my mate who worked and played with me all
the time when I was working around our house
our other dogs (Spins and Barbets) for the most part get on
well and we have a routine for them. From time to time as with
all of us with many dogs there are moments when not everyone
gets on!! However, for some unknown reason Duncan never bothered
and was never bothered, he was never caught up in doggy issues
and pack leadership, Duncan just got on with it........
time went by he got stronger and grew up to be a really lovely
pet, lunatic and generally happy in his own world?
took a few of the Spins to the beach one day inclusive of ‘The
Dunc’ and all was well – for a while!! Until he
saw another couple walking their young Labrador and Duncan decided
that their walk was more interesting than ours!! And the aforementioned
couple’s dog was several times smaller than him. So off
off he went he did – he was almost along to the town
that you can walk to when suddenly Duncan realised that this
young Labrador wasn’t a Spin!!!! SHOCK, he duly did
an about turn and came charging down the beach straight back
to us (about a mile and half)!!!!
we were out and about Duncan investigated nearly all potential
food sources, he had a favourite Cornish Pasty Shop where the
owner ‘fell in love with him’ so free pasties were
always forthcoming – oh god he could really put it on
when he wanted to
Dunc’ was always popular wherever we took him –
and sometimes we went back to apologise!!
home he always came out with me around our fields and woodland.
Duncan was both great fun and at times he could be a pain in
would happily retrieve anything!! I nearly had a toiletry
moment once when Claude Barbet was a puppy and he ran away
from me and for a joke I sent Duncan to retrieve him. Enter
stage right toiletry moment – Duncan ran off towards
Claude to get him back!!
It was only due to my panic stricken voice that Duncan stopped
and came back to me – Barbetless!! I remember this moment
well due to my sudden belief in religious moments!!
the summer I would go into our wood to chain saw windfall trees
for seasoning and for winter burning (as you do)
chain saw never bothered Duncan and in fact he would have
his head at the end of the log where he would wait for it
to drop? Then he would pick it up and duly run off with it.
Over the next two or three days I would be out and about and
find those logs left all over the place, they were everywhere
and today I’m still finding them
have an area where I cut up the bigger logs and the same applied
there as well as Duncan would sneak up and take logs and ‘dump’
them – all over the place!!
would retrieve a ball – BUT once he got his mind altered
by something else going on he would retrieve the ball and
clear off to something more interesting – what a cheek,
what could possibly be more interesting than me throwing the
ball and him retrieving it?
he knew the answer to that
the house Duncan was always the first to meet and greet, whether
you wanted him to or not!!
was such a loving friend and good fun, equally he was also very
obedient and aimed to please.
loved his food!! We have a food delivery once a month for
the gang which for them is an extremely exciting time, on
one of the deliveries Duncan decide he would take full advantage
and hop into the back of the refrigerated van to investigate
what other goodies were in there (clever). Unfortunately,
we didn’t see him and the van was just pulling off our
yard on its way back to Bristol when I realised we were missing
Dunc!!! All ended well, he was rescued with no ill effects.
always got the impression that he lived life to the full regardless
and wasn’t going to be denied no matter what.
to the last he was out with me helping to re-arrange the logs!!
could go on and write more anecdotes about him but then that
would dilute this tribute to him.
Karen and myself were truly devastated by his sudden loss,
it came very quickly indeed and we never had the chance to
prepare for the worst.
will of course remember Duncan every day for all the fun and
laughter he brought to us and all the friendship and love he
was unique. He was a genuine character.
finally, both Karen and I know that whilst he was with us he
had a fantastic life. Truly a great life with us all up on the
hill...........there are no regrets, just wonderful memories
free over the rainbow bridge Duncan..................