16 April 2014 4.00 PM 51 F Sunny
If we were struggling before, to fully express the depth of our grief and the feelings of loss that we have been trying to deal with, than I am at a complete loss to know where to begin with the devastating passing of Tasker.
He had been ill for most of the winter with a GI lymphoma and was further diagnosed with a tumour on his lungs early in March, complicated by him also having contracted pneumonia. In November, Tasker had become a house dog, primarily to make it easier to treat an eye ulcer he had developed. Each setback he suffered, seemed to be unable to dent his calm demeanour and gentle nature. In the last weeks, as his body failed him, his spirit and character continued to sustain us and him until the end. True to his sense of belonging and his place in our hearts and lives, he chose the time and place of his departure, slipping away quietly with us beside him, at home.
The tears we had been fighting to quell, flowed freely and continue to do so.
As special as all our dogs are to us, Tasker will always hold a particularly special place as he was the first born puppy in the first litter we ever bred. He was a stunningly good looking male, a long coated piebald with a giant heart full of gentle, boundless love.
Goodbye, dear sweet Tasker, you will always be your mum’s special boy.