Friday, 19 February 2010

The saddest news

Gail here.

There is no good way of saying this. I'll tell it straight.

Late Wednesday afternoon (only a few minutes after I pressed the 'publish' button on the blog post) Hamish fell into a fit. A couple of hours later, he seemed to have stabilised, but then at about eight thirty came another seizure, and after that he went into a downward spiral of convulsion after convulsion interspersed with a sort of unhinged frantic pacing in circles around the room. After several calls to the emergency vet, at three o'clock in the morning I drove him the short distance to the veterinary surgery and made perhaps to the hardest decision of my life, to sign the consent form for 'humane euthanasia'.  

He was such a grand little dog. He brightened my life for over a decade. I can't quite accept yet that he really is gone, the end came so suddenly. I keep hearing noises in the house and thinking 'what's he up to', and I find I don't know what to do with the time when I should be taking him for walk.

This photo below is last one I took of Hamish, crossing the road on his way back home after his final stroll.


Angus said...

We were both so, so sorry to hear the sad news about Hamish. He was such a handsome wee fellow and came across as having all those feisty, independent, tenacious, loving traits that made him a real family member.The last photo of him head held high, purposefully crossing the road in Aberdeen just brings out what a character he was. After 14 years it must be a huge loss to the family. I can only say he alawys brought a smile to our faces.

Martha said...

Gail, I will come back and post later. I confess to sitting here at the computer crying my eyes out. Hamish was one special little dog. I am so very sorry.
Vanessa xxxxxxx

Dexter said...

Oh this is so sad. What a grand little chap and an awful decision to have to make. He is running free now, but very missed back here. So many parts of our lives are touched by our pups. They leave a huge hole in our hearts.

Mango Momma

Lucia said...

Oh Gail ... we are so deeply, incredibly sorry. Hamish brought joy to so many of us simply through blog postings, so we can only imagine what joy it must have brought you to spend each day with him. Please know that we hold you close in our thoughts and prayers.

Much love --
Lucia and her 'ragazza'

houndstooth said...

Oh, I'm so very sorry! He seemed like a character so full of life. It's so hard to let them go! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Maxmom said...

Oh Gail, this is the saddest, saddest news! (I have just 'published' our blogspost when I saw this)
I am so, so sorry! We absolutely ADORED dear little Hamish!...Like you, we are going to miss him dreadfully! THis is a terrible loss.
My heart is lurching for you and I am praying for strength for you at this sad time. Never forget - you gave him the biggest gift of all - your love as well as the final act of love too.
With the best wishes we have to offer - our sincere condolences.
Caryl and Max in South Africa

Anonymous said...

Gail~ I'm not a blogger, but a watcher so to speak. For the last several months I have gotten great joy reading Hamishe's stories and adventures he was a beatiful westie. As a dog lover, my heart goes out to you and remember keep all the moments Hamish gave you love, companionship, and joy. I know it will keep you smiling during this very hard time. Take care.

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We heard from Max and came over to pay our respects.
RIP Hamish.

Samantha & June

My Mind's Eye said...

Dear Gail...I've never commented on your blog. I found you only just recently but I wanted to tell you I am so very very sorry to read about Hamish. Oh my what a sad sad day.
You two added so much to each other's life. Several days after the we had to make a similar decision about our first cat...I would hear what sounded like him digging in his litter box, once I heard crunching from the direction of his dish...of course there was no kitty there and no food but I heard these things. I truly believe he was saying hi Mom thanks for loving me all the way to the end...I am fine. Hopefully Hamish and Milky-way are playing at the Rainbow Bridge.
Madi and Mom

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

oh no Gail! I didn't dare read this when I saw it said sad news. I cannot think of anything comforting to say. You must be distraught. Hamish was such a special dog and we will all miss him terribly. Ludo will be by later when this all kicks in properly.
I am so sorry! Finding myself in the same situation as Vanessa.
~Our deep condolences, Dee and Ludo

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

We are so sorry about your loss,
Hamish sounded like a great doggy!

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

Ohhhhhhhh noooooo dear Gail....
We met you and your sweet Hamish only 5 days ago....
We have loved Hamish and your blog for too little time......
We're sooooooooooooooo sorry....soooooo sad....
But we know he gave you tons of wonderful and special moments and you gave him the best life ever!!!
He will be running free on the rainbow bridge looking at you and waiting all of us!!!!
We'll keep him in our hearts furever and you in our prayers!!!
We send you and your family tons of love and kisses and hugs!!!

Sweet kisses

Anonymous said...

I am so so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful, angel of a westie, and I have enjoyed getting to know him on your blog. I know I am going to miss reading about him, and I feel very sad about this news, so I can't even imagine what You, Awesome Mommy of Awesome Hamish, are going through. Be blessed with sweet memories and our prayers!

JD and Max said...

Oh Gail, we're so sorry to hear about Hamish. We're never ready for our beloved pets to go to the rainbow bridge but the good memories keep them alive in our hearts forever. We're thinking of you at this difficult time and send you much love.

TwoSpecialWires said...

Oh Gail. We are just devastated and so very very sad for you. We so loved Hamish and his spirited feisty blog. He had become part of our family. We ache for you, knowing the pain you are feeling and the emptiness that is now in your home and heart. We hope you know that you gave a special gift to Hamish ... unselfish love to the very end. Please take care of yourself and feel the love and support that surrounds you. We've never met, but we care. Deeply.

Love to you and wishes for free flight for dear Hamish. Godspeed.
Jake and Fergi, Sally and Nina

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...


I loved Hamish so much and always looked forward to your high-spirited adventures. Thank you for having the courage to make the right decision for him. It had to have been the hardest decision you've ever had to make. I am so pleased we have his little namesake.

Please don't stop blogging - there is such a closeness among our community and we all want to know how you are doing.

Run free, dear Hamish.

The Rocky Creek Gang and their Mom, Lynn

Anonymous said...

The greatest shortcoming--probably the only one is their short lives. Our family has three dogs. The oldest is almost 13 and we are dreading the day he will pass. But we know we are making them happy. Hamish was a very luck dog. So loved. And I'm sure he he knew that.

Ms. ~K said...

My heart aches for you during this difficult time...they never last long enough!
Sending comforting hugs to you,

MurphyDog said...

oh Gail, I am so sorry to hear about Hamish. I so thoroughly enjoyed reading about his adventures and seeing his photos. Your blog seemed to capture his personality perfectly.

I know, from recent experience with Sophie KitTON, how hard that final decision is to make, but please remember what an incredible gift you were able to give him.

RIP Hamish, you were a wonderful friend.

Murphy's Mom

Ruby and Penny said...

We are so, so sorry. Run with the wind Hamish.
Love Ruby & Penny

Remington said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss...

Martha said...

Dear Gail, I am so sorry I could find no words earlier - I still can't. It was such a shock and daft though it seems when we have never met I had grown to love wee Hamish.
You told his life so very well and we felt we got to know this little independent minded dog.
Even with 'his' comments that little personality shown through. I remember when he commented on the lovely dresses Asta designed I was saying to my husband what a right wee Aberdonian Hamish was!
We put together a little goodbye post which I cried through.
I so wish the end hadn't come so suddenly but perhaps there is never a good time or a good way to say goodbye.
Take care
Vanessa xxxx

Tama-Chan, Benny, Momo, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

We have not visited you before but read about your terrible and sudden loss of Hamish on Max's blog, so we dropped by to pay our respects. We can imagine how very much you will miss him

Tommy and all the cats of
The Poupounette

Cocorue said...

Hello Gail,
I just came over from Maxdog and Martha&Bailey's blogs and I'm so sorry for your loss.

I've just read and cried over little Hamish's posts eventhough I've not had the pleasure of knowing him.

You take care and I wish you well
Coco's mum, lilian

Lacy said...

sad woofs, soo sorry on ur loss of Hammish...its never easy to let a precious "furkid" go..ur in our thoughts and prayers...RIP Hammish, run with the wind..

a sad,
angel lacylulu
and mama..

the magic sleigh said...

Wooos Gail, we are so sad, there are no words that will comfort woo right now.. I am sure woo did the best thing for him, there is no more pain for him, but plenty fur us!
-Kira The BeaWootiful, and her Mom

Scooter said...

I am soo sorry to hear about Hamish. He was a very special Westie and special to all of us. We loved reading his posts and all the neat adventours that he was on. He always looked happy and proud.

Gail, you have given him a great life and I know those decisions at the end are tough but you gave him the best thing in the end. We had to do that with our dog right before Jazzi came along. Sprint was 18 yrs old. Hamish is free now and feeling no pain.

I feel for you and hope that the coming days, you will be comforted. Keep blogging and we are all here for you and to encourage you, It is great that Rocky creek scotties have his namesake, thats cool. Take care and we will be praying for you during this difficult time.
Love and prayers

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

bless you little Hamish. You will live on in your momma's heart forever--not so far away after all.

Sue said...

We're so sorry for your loss. We didn't know Hamish, but we've heard some stories about him, so we know he was quite a character. We're all thinking about him today and we'll have a group howl for him this evening.
The Porties, Morgan and Tsar

Edie (with Hamish the Westie in Canada) said...

I'm not a blogger but I have enjoyed so much reading your blog for the past few months. I have a Hamish the Westie too. I'm so sorry to hear that your Hamish is gone. What a good dog he was. That Hamish: not only was he super handsome and dignified in his fine and dashing new coat, he was smart--so well read, particularly about science--and hard working on behalf of the Scottish Tourist Board--and obviously a very, very good friend. My sincerest sympathies.

Asta said...

Oh My Dawling Hamish
I didn't expect you to go so soon I knew you wewe tiwed and you kept saying you awe old, but you looked so handsome and young to me.
I will miss you mowe than I can say..My heawt is so sad and mommi is cwying. Youw Mom loved you so vewy much, and let us all into youw vewy special life wif hew telling of youw adventoowes.
She had to make the hawdest decision and let you go so you wouldn't suffew..Wally youw new fwiends ovew the bwidge to help mand hew will take some doing.
I hope to shawe a wee dwam wif you someday when I join you ovew the bwidge..until then, fawe well my sweet fwiend
smoochie kisses

Randi said...

Oh Hamish...We've been peeping at your bloggy from time to time...& have always loved the name mom gets to doggie sit sometimes for our neighbors Westie, Scottie & Cairin terriers....

We are sending lots of love & good healing vibes to your will be forever missed...

We will look to the skies in honor of you tonight.

Love & Licks,
Randi & her mom

The Black and Tans. said...

We are so upset to read our little pal Hamish has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. We will very much miss his interesting posts.

Run free Hamish.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Hamish but looking back at your posts I can his adorable personality, my heart brakes for you. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Tabatha said...

We are coming over from Max's blog, I am so sorry for you loss!! Our thoughts are with you!

ScrapsofMe said...

Oh Gail...our hearts are breaking at this sad news. We loved Hamish from afar and through him, you too. I know how much we will miss him and can't even imagine the hole this will leave in your life. If my arms were long enough I'd reach across the ocean and gather you in a big-mama hug. Tonight we will toast Hamish with a wee dram of Aberfeldy single malt and wish him the joys of running free in the Highlands of Heaven at last.

All our love,
Pam and Rich caretakers for Bonnie and Puff

Unknown said...

I was sent here by MaxxDog.

2010 has really been a terrible year with so many doggy deaths.

I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Hamish seemed like such a cutie.
Hang in there. It is hard to lose a furkid.

Southbaygirl said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. There are no words that I can say but we send our thoughts prayers, woofs and purrs your way!

Rest in Peace Hamish

Velcro, Kodak, 3 Perf, Blossom and mom Penny

Pip said...

We is very sorry for you loss.
Hamish was a real sweety.
We purray for his dear family fur their harts to heal, and the memories of their dear-on to be clear and bright til the day the meet again.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

We are furry sorry fur your loss -

We've only recently khome here to visit but we had seen Hamish evFURRYwhere -

You gave him the best gift our pawrents khan give us when it is time -

We know how much it hurts them to do so - and we understand the sakhrifice this indikhates -

One day I'll be able to meet him in furson and chase him around a wee bit!


Unknown said...

Oh Gail, I really can't write much right now because I have tears streaming down my cheeks, blurring the keyboard. Petey is pressed close to my side and I really sense he knows his dear mentor has moved on. Perhaps he'll drop by for some final wise words on his way to the Bridge.

We are sharing your sadness today.


Jane and Petey

The Army of Four said...

Oh, Gail! We are so very sorry to hear about Hamish! We have loved following him and his adventures.
Our deep condolences.
Karen and the Ao4

TimberLove said...

Soft husky woooos,


Hoover said...

We will miss dear Hamish. He showed us a part of the world through his beautiful eyes.

We wish we had words that could help you in this very hard time. You know you gave Hamish a great life and he was loved the way every dog shold be loved.

Hugs and kisses,
Hoover BPD

Scout and Freyja said...

We are here by way of Maxdog of South Africa's blog.

There are no words I can give to you to ease your pain. I've been where you are and will be there again because I can't live without a cat in my lap and dogs at my feet.

Please know that I feel your sorrow and send my most sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Hamish.

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

We came over from Maxdog's blog. We are sorry for your loss. Hamish looks like he was a great woofie. We are sending you purrs and gentle headbutts at this sorrowful time.

Martine said...

Martha and Bailey sent us over.

We are so sorry to learn about Hamish. The lose of a beloved pooch is so difficult. It sounds like you made the best decisions for sweet Hamish and we hope your memories and blog freinds comfort you during this tough time.

xo martine & the kiddlets

Joy said...

MAXdog and Toffee sent me over... your little Hamish was a wonderful little guy. What a sweatheart. This is my first time here,I will read more about what a wonderful companion he was. My sympathy to you.

Sheila and Bob said...

We had not read your Blog before today, we found it by reading Max's blog. We are so very sorry for your loss. We also have a Hamish (only he is a Golden Retriever).
Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sheila & Bob
Mom & Dad to

Hamish & Rescue Sophie

DSS said...

Oh Gail...I know you must have a huge hole in your heart right now.

I am sitting in my office at work with tears rolling down my face.

I know we have never met, but you and Hamish brigthened my days so very much. I can only imagine how much he brightened yours :)

Please know that big hugs from me, and licks from Louis the Westie, are coming accross the pond to you from Roanoke, VA, US.

Anonymous said...

I really don't know what to say about the loss of my distant cousin Hamish. Even though we didn't get the chance to meet in this life, you can bet our paths will cross. Eventually.

I must have known before She shared the news with me this morning. I've been out of sorts all week. And while We were out a moment ago, I just didn't feel like walking.

Now I know why.

We dogs have a connection that people don't understand. It's strong and wonderful.

She's just crying and crying and crying. And remembering when They had to make the same decision after Their BoBo experienced months and months of terrible seizures. He left this world at 16.

Now, He and Hamish are causing all sorts of mischief together. Rootin' in holes, diggin' in gardens, watching and watching whatever's out there.

You can be sure of that!

You're to be commended for making the self-less decision to help your Hamish experience a dignified and painless departure. And I know he appreciates all the love you gave him for all those years. So when you hear him rattle about in the house, he's there. You just don't see him.

Rooooooooooooooo Rooooooooooooo Hamish and Gail,

We're thinking of you,

Stuart, The Scottish Terrier

Stuart, The Scottish Terrier said...

I really don't know what to say about the loss of my distant cousin Hamish. Even though we didn't get the chance to meet in this life, you can bet our paths will cross. Eventually.

I must have known before She shared the news with me this morning. I've been out of sorts all week. And while We were out a moment ago, I just didn't feel like walking.

Now I know why.

We dogs have a connection that people don't understand. It's strong and wonderful.

She's just crying and crying and crying. And remembering when They had to make the same decision after Their BoBo experienced months and months of terrible seizures. He left this world at 16.

Now, He and Hamish are causing all sorts of mischief together. Rootin' in holes, diggin' in gardens, watching and watching whatever's out there.

You can be sure of that!

You're to be commended for making the self-less decision to help your Hamish experience a dignified and painless departure. And I know he appreciates all the love you gave him for all those years. So when you hear him rattle about in the house, he's there. You just don't see him.

Rooooooooooooooo Rooooooooooooo Hamish and Gail,

We're thinking of you,

Stuart, The Scottish Terrier

Piappies World said...

We are very sorry for your loss Gail. We first saw Hamish as we joined Max in his world tour and it was also through Max that we heard the sad news.

We may not know you and Hamish well but we understand how you feel. Our pups are not just pets --- they are family who we share our joys, sorrows and most of all our love.

It will never be the same now that he is no longer with you but he is watching you from up above and your love for him lives on.

We send you our love and prayers.

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar , Scrappy & Bullet

Princess Patches said...

Run free, sweet Hamish! Play with all our friends who went to the Rainbow Bridge before you! We will keep our paws crossed for your mom. We KNOW how hard it is!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Shmoo said...

Our condolences on your loss.
Run Free sweet Hamish, across the Rainbow Bridge

Meeshka and the gimpy gang

the booker man said...

we were visiting max dog and saw the sad news. we are new to the blogging world but understand how hard it is to lose a dear one such as hamish.
sending hugs and comfort to you.
the booker man and his mama

Nellie, Yuchie, Calvert and Bailey said...

I found you via Two Special Wires.

I am so very sorry for your loss, I too was owned by a Westi when I was in my teens, Coco lived to be 18yrs old and was the most amazing little boy ever. I had never met a dog that was so stubborn yet lovable at the same time.

These babies or ours aren't here very long but the impact they have on our lives is timeless.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mom to Nellie & Calvert

Nuthatch... said...

We met Hamish through Max's whirlwind world tour. I am sorry taht we met him so late as he sounds like he was a grand chap. Nothing ever makes this feel any better but we think Hamish was lucky to have such a wonderful family that obviously loved him so very deeply.

Heather & the Nuthatch Gang

Anonymous said...

Lots of Tears! I am so sorry for your loss. Know that there are a lot of people out here that feel your pain now.

It is so hard when we lose our babies but there will be a day when we will be reunited with them.

God Bless Hamish. I hope he's up there chasing my kitties and having a grand time at it too.

You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Paws & Whiskers
Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper & Marley

♥ Sallie said...

Big hug.

We are so sorry for your loss.

Sallie and Dawn

D.K. Wall said...

Oh, we are so incredibly sorry. While it is always hard to lose a furry friend, to lose one so suddenly is just difficult. We are thinking of you.

Jake of Florida said...

What a shock -- we just checked our blog list and saw Petey's message that sweet Hamish was gone. Yesterday we visited his blog and started to write a message about his trip "aboot in Ferryhill", but then something came up and we didn't. And now he's gone.

We hope you and he know how much we appreciated his wee wise always cheerful ways and how much he will be missed. He and Jakey had such fun together in their kilts at the play and the wedding.

This has not been a good time for our dogs, has it.

Gail, we know your heart is broken and none of our words will help put the pieces back together -- but we're here in mourning with you as though he was one of ours.

With love and warm hopefully healing thoughts,

Joan and the Barkalots, Jake and Just Harry

Life With Dogs said...

I could not be more sorry. We lost a dog in a similar way years ago and it was a shock. Please know that all of us are sending vibes your way.
RIP Hamish...

Brooke McClaskie said...

So sorry to hear about Hamish! I loved him like he was my own.

Molly the Airedale said...

Our hearts are absolutely breaking for you! We are so sorry we never got to know Hamish. We do know that he has MANY friends who absolutely love him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

WE heard of Hamish over at Ludo's and we are so sorry for your loss.
Purrs from all of us at my house,

Anonymous said...

Ms. Gail,
We heard the dreadful news of Hamish's passing to The Rainbow Bridge at Max Dog's blog. It makes no mind that we didn't know Hamish well; we, like the entire DWB community, were aware of his beloved stature. He is a most beloved companion and we are sure he will be terribly missed. We have had family members leave us with advanced notice (Chance, Old Bear Dog, Kodi, & Penny) and we have have had the unexpected departures, when we could say goodbye (Gordon) and when we could not (Rusty). None of them are any easier than the other. It was an unselfish thing that you did. You have our prayers and thoughts on this sad dad. Hamish will always be in your heart and the scar of his departure will be with you forever even when the pain eases.

The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this – the last battle – can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me ‘til the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its’ last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close – we two – these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
- Anonymous

Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Hamish. Our prayers are for you both.

- Homer J., Jubal, J.E.B., Sophie, Shelby belle, Jack, Abby, Max, Shiloh, Radar, Alex, Boru and Jenny = The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties (TBH&K)

An English Shepherd said...

Dear Gail,
I have never posted on your blog before.

Very sorry to raed about your loss hamish sounded like a lovely lad who brightend up you life.


Stella said...

It was a great shock to me to learn that my best friend and pal, Hamish Westie has passed on. Who will argue with me now, and who will advise me, and who will love me like he did? He was an irreplaceable Pal, and I can't even think of the days without him.
My Mom was telling a friend about him and said that she thought he would be passing soon and when he did it would be like losing Otis the Scotty (age 16) all over again.

And it is.

Our friendship and love will remain with you, Gail, you who took such good care of him.

In sympathy,
Stella and Jo

Bethany said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Hamish was a lucky dog to have you.

How Sam Sees It said...

We are so sorry to hear about Hamish. He was such a grand little dog with so much character. We are sending you hugs.


Eric said...

Gail, I had hardly type, I have tears streaming down my face for you and dear little Hamish, how I loved him. I'm so very sad a sorry for you, you must be devastated. I'll come back and write again later when I'm more composed, in the meantime please know I'm thinking of you and send you love and comforting hugs. Take care.

B + Eric xx

Josie said...

I was sent here by MaxDog, so I don't know you or little Hamish (yet!), but I do know what it is like to love a dog. I am so sorry about your loss and am sending loving thoughts and healing prayers to you and your loved ones. May your memories help ease the loss you feel, for it's the memories that will keep Hamish alive. I am grieving along with you and and will definitely have you in my thoughts.
Much Love,

sprinkles said...

I just heard the news on Max's blog and am holding back tears.

I didn't know Hamish but I do know the pain of losing a much loved pet and I wanted to be sure to give you my condolences.

Hamish was adorable and he had a very happy life with you.

Jans Funny Farm said...

We didn't know Hamish but we read about him on Maxdog's blog and we came by to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. It is never easy to say good-bye. He was obviously a very loved dog and will be missed terribly by his friends and family. Purrs and tail wags. And {{{hugs}}}.

Mrs. JP said...

We are so sorry for your loss.

Unknown said...

Naomi's dad in NZ here - Just last week Naomi had told us about Hamish's blog and we had become instantly enchanted with Hamish as well. Our deepest sympathies. Ian

Noah the Airedale said...

We are very sorry for your loss. Hamish really does look a grand little guy. I'm sorry I didnt get to know him.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Mochi and Bali said...

We are so sorry for your loss.

Mochi & Mommy

Ina in Alaska said...

We are visiting you from Max' blog. We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your little dear fellow and send lots of poodle smoochies to you at this most saddest of times.... xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

We are sorry to hear the news about Hamish, we was much loved all round the internet.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness - I can't believe it!! I feel like I only heard about Hamish being unwell a week ago or so and then I was away overseas and just got back and was just wondering how Hamish was...and then I saw this! I can't imagine how you must be feeling, although having also lost our cat very suddenly (and for no reason, well before her time) last year, I can really relate to what you said about hearing noises around the house and thinking they are still there.

Hamish was the most wonderful little character and will be so sorely missed. What an incredibly brave and selfless thing you did. So sorry for your loss - thinking of you from far away...

Hsin-Yi & Honey the Great Dane

Peppy Sheppys said...

We are so sorry for your loss. Saying goodbye is so hard.

The Peppy Sheppys.

sprinkles said...

I posted my condolences earlier but I keep thinking about you and wanted to come back and give you a great big (((HUG)))!!!

Sally Ann and Andy said...

Dear Miss Gail,
I am so sad and my wee welshie heart is breaking for you. We are so sorry about what finally happened.
Sally Ann and Mommy

Lorenza said...

I am so sorry to know about Hamish.
Our thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...


We are friends of Max in South Africa and he just told us.

We are so very sorry for your loss of Hamish.

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers that your pain will ease soon.

Hugs, Tessa and Mom Blu

Bocci said...

Oh, I am so very sorry about the loss of your dear, Hamish. What a grand dog he was-and such a handsome chap in his red coat!
I truly believe he's running happy and free even as I write this.
My thoughts are with you.

TudorCity Girl said...

I found your blogsite on a friend's blog. I thought I would write to you to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. My friend posted photos of Hamish.
I hope you find some tiny comfort in this...
I used to love dogs. Always wanted to get one again. But recently was badly attacked by a dog. Around my city I can't even get myself to look at a dog again. Until I saw Hamish's photos on DSS's blog. You see, from the day I was born I had a Westie that looked just like Hamish for 16 years. He was the world to me growing up. Hamish and Maxie look so alike! Your blog on him has reminded me of the love I used to have for dogs and how wonderful most are. I know your's was most special and I am so sorry for your loss. That last photo of him is so precious.
Take care...

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am a friend of Max Dog and Toffee, and I heard this sad news about your little Hamish.
I am so sorry your heart is breaking because of what you have had to endure in loosing Hamish. Your heart must be tramitized. You did for Tamish the best gift for him to be free.
You are very unselfish.
I will light a candle for Hamish and will keep you in my thoughts that your heart will heal.

Farley's Mom said...

We are so very sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your precious friend. We send you hugs and hope you will be ok :(

Anonymous said...

Dear Gail,

I have only been reading your blog for a few months and yet I felt as if Hamish was a dear old friend that I had known forever. I loved the spirit of your wonderful little companion Hamish. I am so sad for your loss, I cried when I read the post. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

KK said...

Maxdog sent me. I'm so very sorry. My dog is my whole family and I know the loss is huge!

River said...

We are so sorry to hear about Hamish. He was a handsome boy. We know how hard it is to make such a decision and are sending love and hugs in support.

love & wags,
River the beagle & mom

susangail4 said...

Bless his little heart and yours too Gail.After having him by your side for so many years I can't imagine how much you must miss his little sweet face.I enjoyed reading Hamish's adventures everyday.What a great life he did have getting to live in such a beautiful place and with such a loving mommy to care for him.So sorry!!!

BeadedTail said...

We heard about this sad news from our furiend Khyra. We wanted to let you know how sorry we are and our thoughts and purrayers are with you during this difficult time.

Sadie, Angel, Isabella and their mom

Diana Chiew said...

We read about Hamish from Rocky Creek Scotties and Java. We are sorry that Hamish has gone to the rainbow bridge even before we got to know him. We have seen his name being mentioned in some other blogs but never got to visit him and now he is gone. He will be in our thoughts...

ocmist said...

We just met you while following Max's World Tour, and planned to come and visit more often, then read this tonight on Max's blog.

OC and the Corgi Country Crew

Gail, I am so very sorry to hear this news as I know that your heart is aching at the loss of your dear Hamish. This is exactly what happened a couple of years ago with OC's dad, Buddy. He was fine and out doing squirrel patrol one night and I woke up to find him having a seizure beside the bed early the next morning. He was about 12 years old. We rushed him to the vet (over an hour away) and he had more on the way. We, too, had to make that last decision of Love that morning.

Sometimes I wonder if it is better when it is fast like that. OC (11 but injured several years back by a goat) is having a lot of trouble with her hips and can't walk at times. She is on pain meds and doing well most of the time because of that, but I dread having to send her to the Rainbow Bridge... I've been there way to many times in my life, and my heart and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Linda (OC's Mom)

Suka said...

I read about Hamish on Khyra's blog. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family over the loss of your beautiful boy Hamish. We are so sorry to read of his passing. He sounds like he was an amazing and fun doggy and we wish we had known him.

Our prayers and love are with you and your family during this difficult time.


Suka and his human, K

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Oh dear Gail,we are so sad. Hamish was such a special little guy. Mommy is crying now and feels so badly for you. We send all our love your way. BabyRD always thought of Hamish as her "fella" after spending that magical evening with him last Spring. His sweet self will stay in our memory.
love, BabyRocketDog and Hootie,
and Cassie

Bella and Ollie said...

Dear Gail,
Our whole family is so sad to hear of your loss; Hamish was really a special companion for you and we know how much he meant to you. We always looked forward to reading his blog; when Bella started her blog 3 months ago, Hamish was one of her first blog friends. We really loved him and we will always remember him.
All our love,
Bella, Pascal, Isabelle, Amelie, Anais and Matthew.

Pete and Liz said...

Dear Gail,

We've been following Hamish's blog. We're very sad to hear your loss. We hope the pain of his passing will lessen with the passage of time.

Pete and Liz

Jack & Moo said...

We send our sympathies to Hamish and you, so sad to lose a dear furiend. His spirit will always be near you, may he run & play happily at the Rainbow Bridge till you meet again.

Fellow bloggers,
sad woos from fellow bloggrs,
Jack a-roo, Moo too, and biped mom Pat

Anonymous said...

Becky from Singapore said:

Dear Gail

I am so, so sorry to hear the sad news of Hamish. You must be devastated.

I’m a Westie-loving expat and first discovered Hamish’s blog through The Guardian online some months ago and was hooked. Yours is the only blog I have ever read, let alone signed into.

I loved your tales of Hamish – you write so well – but I hadn’t realised just how much I had taken him to my heart until I heard your dreadful news. This has been tearful weekend.

Take time to grieve, but I hope that re-reading your blog will bring back many happy memories and ease your sorrow. Your stories serve as a wonderful tribute to the great times you had with your dear little dog. What more could he have asked for?

With very best wishes
Becky Morris

Dawn said...

I've gone back to read older posts. What a wonderful dog Hamish was! I'm glad you had that last walk together and took photos. You will cherish those always. I am so very sorry about your loss of Hamish. It must be so very difficult for you and everyone that knew him! We came over from Ludo's blog.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We read about Hamish on Khyra's blog. We are very sorry for your loss, we could feel the love you have for him in your post. (hugs) ~Alasandra, Artemisia, Socks, Scylla & Fenris

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

I only just found you though another blog and I wanted to offer you my condolences...I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet little Hamish. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

My mom and dad used to live in Scotland for a wee bit by the way and have been to Aberdeen quite a few times...the only place they could find a decent restaurant they said.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane & her mum Denise

Snowy and Crystal said...

stopping by to send you our warm wet licks and woof by saying that we are so very sorry for your loss of one beautiful dog.

Wet licks

Snowy & Crystal

Raising Addie said...


We didn't know Hamish but what a sweet boy he was. We wish we could have known him. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lots of luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

missbreezysbox said...

I heard of the news from Khyra. We lost our Siberian Husky-Titan, in a similar way. No seizure. It is very scary for us humans and the animals. You did the right thing. We have no idea how they actually feel physically. His spirit will be with you for awhile and the memories will last forever.

The Airechicks said...

Sorry for your loss -

We have you in our prayers, thoughts and hearts.

Thank you for giving Hamish the greatest gift even though it hurts so much.


Joe Stains said...

We did not know Hamish well but we are here to send our hugs and strength to you.

Maxmom said...

Dearest Gail

I don't have your email address (somehow it's got mislaid), so if you get a mo', please drop me a line at

My dear friend, I hope that you have had a gentle day. I've been thinking of your loss constantly as well as your comment about contemplating the direction of Hamish's blog.

I have a small suggestion, which perhaps you can add to your considerations....

I was on our own walk tonight, thinking of you and Hamish...How about starting an 'interim blog', in honor of Hamish, where you can be free to experiment? I am sure that I don't only speak for myself, but we will be immediate followers - to help you through this transition!

You could consider calling it after something that symbolizes Hamish - such as:
"The little Red Coat" or "Scottish Hillsides" or something like that. If it works for you, you can continue on that theme, otherwise you can create something totally new.

It's just a thought...I know things are tough, but we would hate to lose you. We love you and are holding you tightly in our hearts.

Joy said...

Gail, I'm reading all the other blogger's tribute to dear, little Hamish. He was a wonderful fellow. Sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

So sorry Gail. We've only recently found your blog and, as lifelong Westie owners ourselves, we thoroughly enjoyed reading about Hamish. He was a true Westie character and a super little dog. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Unknown said...

Hamish and Gail

We've only known you a short time and yet you've left a huge impression on us. I can only extend my deepest sympathies only knowing that will never fill the void in Gail's life and our dog blog community. Run free my friend. You were an exemplary terrier and friend.

norwood & debi

tula monstah said...

Truly sorry for your loss. He obviously brought much joy to your family and the DWB community.. will be missed more than anything.


Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We are so sorry to hear about Hamish passing.

Steve and Kat

Martha said...

Hi Gail, just to let you know that I have been thinking of you today.
We went to Strathclyde Park and had a long walk. I actually had tears in my eyes when we met a Westie in a wee coat.
It is such a devastating bereavement to lose a pet but I do believe there is comfort in your loss being understood.
That is the best part of the DWB community - we really don't need to explain it to each other cos we know.
Right now you need the time to grieve for Hamish but I was reading Caryl's comment and thinking she must read my thoughts!
We don't want to lose you - stay close. If you feel like blogging blog if you don't that's OK.
Our email is on the blog - if you do want to get in touch.
I sadly, probably cos I am so old, have lost a few dogs and each one has devastated me.
Each time I have said I cannot ever go through that again and vowed never to have another dog.
I am so glad you are not saying that - I know in time it will be the very best tribute to our wee Hamish.
Take care of yourself, the only advice I can give is do whatever feels right for you. Cry, walk, laugh whatever.
Vanessa x

Two French Bulldogs said...

We are so sad for you..We will remember Hamish.
So sorry
Benny & Lily

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello gail its dennis the vizsla dog hay i hav seen on lots of my frends blogs abowt hamish i am sorry i didnt reely git to meet him he sownds like a wunderful littel fello ennyway just wanted to say sorry he had to go away!!! ok bye

Asta said...

Dear Gail

I have been so very sad ever since I read your post. I couldn't even manage to make a post for Asta to honor Hamish, I just went around reading everyone's homages to your sweet lad.
Lacie,BabyStana and Scruffy's Mumsey is not at home, but when she heard, she asked me to write and express her sadness and her condolences.

I hope you are commforted a little by all the love streaming toward you from around the world.

We love you and hope you will stay in our lives
hugs and kisses
Ami (Asta's Mommi)

Piti said...

I am so sorry to read that

Eric said...

Dear Gail. I came back to see how you are. Wanted to tell you what a brave and selfless decision you took. Takes so much courage, must of been devastating for you. But also wanted to say how your last photo of Hamish is so special seems to sum him up somehow.He was so loved and you and he touched so many. How wonderful.I do hope you carry on blogging when you are ready. You would be sorely missed. Take care.
With love and hugs, B and Eric xxx

Duffy said...

Asta's bruvver, Duffy and I did not know Hamish, but I know how difficult it must have been for you to make that final decision and how sad you must be now. My heart and goes out to you. Karen (and Duffy)

Rachel said...

My heart is breaking for you right now. It is such a terrible loss when we lose a long time friend. Hamish was so sweet and adorable and I know he was a dear friend to you. I also believe that we will see our animal babies again, in heaven, someday. So sorry for your loss.

Bijou said...

I came over from Khyra's blog to let you know we are thinking of you. We didn't get a chance to befuriend Hamish, but can see by all the loving comments that he was a special guy and will be greatly missed. Fourteen years is a long time for us doggies. I'm sure he lived a terrific, adventurous life.

With much sympathy,
Bijou, Banjo and Mom

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

We send you our condolences on the loss of dear Hamish...he was a much beloved little dog and we can't even begin to imagine the hole this must leave in your lives...

Please know we are keeping you in our prayers and we think of sweet Hamish playing at the Bridge being welcomed by so many of our little furry friends...

He was a gift to your family and your love such a gift to him...

Our deepest sympathies,

Scruffy, Lacie, Stanny and Marilyn

Jeannie and Marvin said...

Dear Gail

My heart breaks for you.

I have no words - I just wanted to let you know our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

Many condolences to you.

Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxx

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Dear Gail.........I read this very sad news on Petey's blog late last night and words do not seem enough. As I mentioned, I was lucky enough to meet Hamish in the fur and the little dance he did for a piece will remain forever locked in my heart.
The tears are streaming down my face as I type, I am so heartbroken for you, but you know the wee rascal is up to no good already.....charming the ladies and chasing bunnies i'll bet!
With much love,
Nicky & Beags xxxx

Fizz said...


We are so so sorry to hear of Hamish's passing. We read the sad news on Friday but just didn't know what to write. We know that no words can ease the pain, but we loved to read about Hamish's adventures and we hope you can take comfort in the fact that Hamish will always be by your side.

Lots of love

Sketching with Dogs said...

We are so very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in Peace sweet Hamish.
Lynne Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

Miss Jean said...

Oh, I am so very sorry to hear about Hamish! He's in a better place and can now play with my Marjorie, a friend's Bonnie and all the other beloved pets. He's there waiting.......

TwoSpecialWires said...

Gail. We have been thinking of you almost non-stop, and mentioning you often. You and Hamish have etched out a very special places in the hearts of so many families. Your relationship and the way you expressed and shared it has been a joy in our days. We so hope that you are finding some strength - that that you already owned and called your own, and that that your blogging family is sending your way. We so hope that each day become just a tiny bit easier - even if it's not a measurable difference for a long time. And we selfishly hope that you stick around and somehow, in whatever way and at whatever time it feels right for you, continue blogging. Hamish will be missed dearly, and remembered well. We don't want to miss you, as well.

Take time for yourself, and know you are not alone in the healing process.

Jake and Fergi and Sally (and NinaGirl - once again in the mountains)

Joy said...

Gail, I keep checking back to see if you have posted anything. I have been telling others about dear little Hamish, and his antics and sending them to your blog. Hamish's stories were so wonderful, I would think they could easily be made into a book... I hope somehow you will keep on with this blog.

Anonymous said...

Still thinking of you, Gail, and sending prayers for sweet memories of Hamish your way. God bless you,

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, this is a shock. Edward and I had just recently become acquainted with Hamish's blog and we thought he was such a grand fellow. I know the pain you are experiencing and it is a sharp and heavy one. I will say a prayer for you today and you will continue in my thoughts. Bless you.

Oskar said...

I'm sorry I never got the opportunity to know Hamish. I'm so sorry that your friend is gone. It makes my heart hurt.

I'm sending schnauzer hugs.


Anonymous said...

Hi Gail. I know this is very late but I only found out about Hamish just now. I am truly sorry about Hamish. I honestly do not have anything to say to make you feel better and I cannot fully comprehend what you are feeling. My heart is breaking for you and I am trying not to cry at work when I read this very sad event. Stay strong and take care of yourself. I hope that Bertie can help in filling the void that Hamish left behind. God bless!

Anonymous said...

I found your blog while researching my dear old westies latest health complaints. Kiri, is 14, and is showing the same signs of ageing as your lovely Hamish.

I know one day soon we will have to make the same horrible decision, but I just wanted to thank you for writing this blog. Despite it making me bawl my eyes out, it is comforting to know that someone else knows how I'm feeling.

Jo and Kiri