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Pet Memories - Wonderful DOGS


( There is some  information for animal lovers
at the bottom of this page.  Please read - it is
important to know what plants to protect your
pets from )


My pets have been numerous and varied.  
 And I introduce you to them here.
It is with great joy that I do this
as they brought me untold love, 
happiness and devotion
over the years.



A photograph of our two dear departed pets
together - taken in September 2011.
They were never far apart from one another.
And in a way, they remain together - buried side by side.

Click on this photo to appreciate the full beauty of it.



It breaks my heart to have to tell you, that we have lost not one, but two of our precious darlings in the space of a little over 2 months. 
Our beautiful Golden Retriever "Gracie"  passed away very suddenly and by natural means at   1.30 a.m. on October 12th, 2011.    She died in my arms.   She had initially been just a little off colour - somewhat disinterested in food & infection was suspected.   She was being carefully treated for that possibility and she responded very well.   She resumed eating normally, slept well, played enthusiastically, especially with Indy ( who is featured on the previous page here )  and everything seemed on the improve.   
She appeared generally well and happy, her initial blood tests were excellent, and other tests were good right up until the very last evening, before she crossed that well known Bridge.   
We will never 100% know what it was that took her from us. An autopsy was not performed to determine how and why she passed so very rapidly.   But we were so much in shock, it was decided at the time not to have that done.  I now regret that decision.
It is highly suspected
by our Veterinarians, that she had a cancer that worked silently with it's vile processes internally, and she finally succumbed very quickly in the early hours of that terrible morning.     We had taken her to our Vet. at 8 pm on the evening before as she had developed a sudden very high temperature and was showing discomfort.  Gracie was given a safe injection for pain relief and more injected anti-biotic.   An appointment was made for Gracie to have an ultra-sound and further more extensive blood tests later on, in the morning of her death.   
But it did not eventuate - she died just over 5 hours after being taken to the Vet. Clinic.  
She is so very painfully missed.    

A lovely photo - click on it to see it properly in a new window.

Gracie was such a cute and  funny dog.   Loved cuddles and pats - and 'pushed' in to get them - that is she shouldered aside Lachlan when he was with us - and he didn't seem to mind too much really !  
Have you ever heard a dog 'moo' .... no?   Well Gracie did.   As she settled down for sleep she let out a sound that was identical to a cow mooing.   I wanted so much to capture that sound on my digital camera, no video, just the sound - but unfortunately never made the opportunity.  She  amazed more than one visitor to our home, as she laid down to rest.  The looks on the visitors faces was priceless. 
She also sang. !     Usually excitement brought that about, when we'd been out and had arrived home.   Really can't describe it too well - but it was a kind of yoddle, mixed with an up and down the scale yowl or howl - and goodly amount of wolf cry in it as well.   That's another sound I missed out on !!! 
Gracie loved playing with the cats, although they didn't quite understand her style of play, and she sometimes received a sheathed paw across the face for her trouble.   But she persisted.  And as for grooming - oh what bliss that was - Oscar in particular would groom Gracie for ages - and when he'd finished she looked for more.    She asked the same of the other cats, gently butting them with her head, and lowering her head for the grooming - but they were decidedly not into cleaning dogs !!
Gracie came adopted from an unknown background - and we believe she had been treated none too kindly in her early years.   We won her trust and she had a wonderfully happy life with us.    
She  was so very very special - and will be forever in our hearts.          


A lovely photograph of our most beautiful red golden dog. 
Her coat was more titian in colour - with cream points on her feet and chest.    She was very tall for a bitch, and we oftened wondered if  she had some Duck Toller Retriever in her - such was her colouring.   However, her height would not have come from the Duck Toller breed, so we will never know just what else might have been in there ... to us though she was all Golden Retriever - and did everything a Golden would be expected to do.     She was absolutely the most beautiful dog. 


" Gracie "



My beautiful girl with coat of red,

with golden highlights through it thread

her big bright eyes, and happy smile

no longer asks to play awhile. 

She has left me.


Ever watchful, faithful friend

On whom I always could depend,

for loving company always there

to cuddle up, a hug to share

And now she's gone.



I talk to her from time to time

beside her garden when sun does shine

on the glorious flowery display

that marks where Gracie went away

and left us.



Yes I shed tears,  maybe lessening now,

replaced by memories of just how

my wonderful dog was everywhere

that I can look - and she’s still there

In spirit.



Knowing that she is at rest

no hint of pain,  no fear filled test

for her to go through any more,

brings peace and solace to the fore

Despite my tears.


And so my precious Gracie girl,

as weeks, and months and years unfurl,

you will be with me every day

and everywhere -  but I have to say,

I had no choice – you simply had to go.



To join our other dearest pets,

Sweet wee souls – each one the best

because they gave so much to me,

more than I could ever see. 

Until it was too late.


To everyone who has lost a pet,

We must be mindful always yet 

that nothing removes them from the heart

In our lives they remain a part

Of  Happy Memories.



  Anne N. Byam - 2011



Lachlan  - beloved and loyal companion.
Before he suffered from
the worst effects of incurable cancer,
he was gently put to sleep at home 
on June 27th 2007.
He was a devoted companion to me - and had been trained to collect whatever it was I asked of him.    He could choose from a variety of objects in another room, and come back with what I had asked him for.  
He was also aware of my health, and took it upon himself to stay with me when I had an epileptic fit ( now very well under control ) ... and on one occasion, took my hand in his mouth after I had recovered and was again standing up in our back garden - and led me to the back door which was open .... pulled me into my bedroom and with one almighty shove, pushed me onto the bed with his head.    I was almost back to full awareness when this happened, so I just allowed him to do his caring thing, and that was the result.    I remained on my bed for a short while, and he never left my side all that time.    We had never taught him to do that.  
He is missed so very very much - to this day - and beyond.

Click on image for better view

The above is a Paint Shop Pro image made with
a whole lot of love.
Timmy and Lachlan.


The photograph above is of the
beautiful bouquet of Lillies that
our wonderful Vets from Ferntree Gully
Vet Hospital sent us after
Lachlan was put to sleep.
They always write a lovely card to go
with the flowers - and my heartfelt thanks
to our Vets, particularly Clive and Vet Nurse Rebecca
who never fail to respond to the dreaded call
to give our dear pets peace before the suffering that is inevitable.
It is a terrible and difficult decision to
make, but Clive, his Associates and staff are totally supportive,
wonderfully caring and unfailingly dedicated to not only
our pets but to us, the families.  

I received many beautiful expressions of condolence
in recent months, at various times for which
I thank everyone. 
There is one in particular that I would like to
share with you as, although in many ways it is
sad, it is also very positive and good for
everyone to reflect upon.  
It was sent to me by my dear friend Sandy Davenport
who lives in New York State.    Sandy also made
up a really lovely image of Lockie and it is here
underneath the verse that she sent me.
Thank you Sandy. 







Please do not be unhappy just because I am out of sight.




There are some things I’d like to say.

But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I’m writing this from Heaven.   Here I dwell with God above

Here there’s no more tears of sadness.   Here is just eternal love.



That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me and He said “ I welcome you.

It’s good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.

As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.

I need you here badly, you are part of my plan.

There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man”


God gave me a list of things, that He wished for me to do.

And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night, the days chores put to flight.

God and I are closest to you … in the middle of the night.


When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.

Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.

Remember there would be no flowers, unless there were some rain.


I wish that I could tell you, all that God has planned.

If I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o’er.

I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.


There are many rocky roads ahead and many hills to climb,

But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too,

That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.


If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and in pain;

Then you can say to God at night – “My day was not in vain”.

And now I am contented … that my life was worthwhile.

Knowing as I passed along the way, I’d make somebody smile.


So if you meet somebody who is sad or feeling low,

Just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go.

When you’re walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind.

I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it’s time for you to go – from that body to be free.

Remember you’re not going – you’re coming here to me.


Author Unknown.


Click on image for better view

Beautiful image by Sandy Davenport
Again - thank you Sandy


MURPHY - (Bradenwood Matilda) is featured
on her own page " Golden Moments - Murphy's Story"  which can be found on the 2nd page of this website - under links to other pages.
There is much to tell about our precious Murph.



Meet " Trudy "
Trudy was originally a racing greyhound
.... with absolutely no inclination to
chase or race.    She originally belonged
to my brother in law, but I had fallen
in love with her and her gentle ways and
gave her a home.   She was loyal
and devoted, and very protective.
She is here with my daughter Louise who
was about 5 years old at the time.
The fondest of memories of Trudy.



Meet  " Moon "
One day, some 30 years back now, when we lived in
the suburb of Box Hill, I came home from shopping to find
a white bundle of fur curled up fast asleep in
our hallway.   The kids had been out and about playing
and had left the front door open.   And there she was - quite
at home, obviously one tired little dog. 
I placed an ad. in the newspapers, contacted the RSPCA, and our local
Veterinarian to see if anyone was missing such a beautiful
dog.   One lady responded   Moon was quite distinctive as
she had two funny little crossed teeth and the lady who phoned
said sadly, "no my girl had perfect teeth" ... nonetheless, she
came and had a look anyway.   Not her dog. 
So Moon she was called, as she was the colour of that
lovely globe in the sky, and a beautiful girl she was.
Our Vet of the time, said she was so small (but a pure bred)
that he thought she'd have been the runt of a litter.
He could not put an age on her, but thought she'd been
around for a while !   
She was with us for quite a number of years before passing on.
Fondest memories of my beautiful " Moon ". 



Zak was a gorgeous Shepherd.   Originally belonging to my son Craig, he came to live with us in the last years of his life, while Craig travelled.   He was Lachlan's best mate - they were never far apart.
He loved his toys.   Would grab a squeaky toy and run around the house repositioning the toy in his mouth to get the 'best sound' - well that's what it looked and sounded like. !   I swear he made that darned toy sing at times.   I tried squeaking it different ways myself - never did get the results he could. 



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Jake was a Kelpie Shepherd
cross.   He was beautiful dog.
He was  epileptic and unfortunately lived
only 4 short years before he died.
Epilepsy in dogs is more common
than we think, and nowadays is
much better controlled than
12 years ago.   But it was a labour of love
for us - making  sure medications were
given on time and taking care of him
when he had a seizure. 
He was never aware of his own state
during a seizure,  so he did not suffer at 
all and always bounced back full of fun
and life.   
                  VALE  JAKE

Click on sketch for a larger view

We didn't have too many good photo's of Jake so after
he left us, I was moved to do a sketch of him - in charcoal
and pencil.   The scan of the sketch was done both in
black and white (which it actually is), and also in
multi-colour which lends a sepia tone to it.    I chose the
latter as it is a softer look than the black & white scanned
version.    I was very pleased with the result at the time -
it was many years back now. 


Meet Wolfie -  a Maltie/ Aust. Terrier cross, he belonged  to Craig but was a frequent visitor to our home.   He and the cats had a 'tenuous' arrangement.   He loved them - they were not so enthused.  !!    Gussie had his measure (no surprise) and they had a lot of fun stalking one another.    Unfortunately Wolfie crossed that Rainbow Bridge two years ago - he'd lived a long and happy life, leaving us all at the age of 13.
Wolfie features with Gus on the "Previous Goodies"  page.





One of our little Friends of Friends – Oscar the British Blue cat owned by Nicole, has very sadly died from a heart attack aged 4.    This was not from any defect in his heart, but from eating the leaves of a lillium.  It was a very harrowing time for the family and for Oscar’s little brother Ollie.


Vale Oscar (owned by Nicole).


I report this for the simple reason, that cat lovers must be aware of what can  happen when cats (or dogs for that matter) eat the wrong things.   Any form of Lily or lillium (all the same family) are extremely toxic to cats. This beautiful flower is very popular in posies, sheaths of flowers and baskets delivered for all the right reasons to people who are sick, or have birthdays etc., but they contain a killer for a cat. 


A cat usually is very discriminating as to what they try or eat.   Some however, have that insatiable curiosity, others might not have had access to grass (which is essential for their health) and thereby try something else that’s green yet others are attracted by a particular aroma that only they find interesting.      No one knows why Oscar tried the leaves of the lillium, but he did, and he’s sadly now gone. 


For people in the Northern Hemishphere – as Winter approaches and along with it Christmas, please make sure any poinsettias you have in the house are kept well away from your cats and dogs.   These too are toxic.    And in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter at it’s worst, there is no way a cat can find suitable grass, so it might be a thought to purchase a tray of ‘cat grass’ or simply plant some in a planter, for use by your cat when you offer it.    Once or twice a week is most likely sufficient.


There is a very large number of plants and foods that dogs and cats should not eat or even be near.   At the bottom here is a link to find out what should and should not be accessible to pets.   After I had read this I thought that we should get a digger in to raze the garden completely, as we have many toxic plants in our own garden, but fortunately all of these are out in the front of our home and our cats and dogs are not permitted to roam freely there as we have no front fencing.


The back garden is a bit of a mess, courtesy of our two dogs. !!   There is nothing there now that would be toxic, however, I accompany the cats outside for their grass, as a couple of them are escapologists and need to be plucked off a fence now and  again. I also watch what they go near and what they eat while out there with them, despite the fact that it is fairly ‘clean’ of nasties.   Winter here does bring up toadstools at the foot of trees, and they must be disposed of immediately for the safety of dogs and cats.


A small case in point.    We have a beautiful ichium which this year has bloomed more than ever before – see photograph.     It is beautiful to us, but is heaven for swarms of bees.   So in the most busy part of the day for bees – sunny morning to afternoon, I keep the dogs away from the ichium to the best of my ability.  Have you ever seen a dog catch a fly ?    Lightening fast they are, and I doubt a dog would distinguish between a bee and a fly !    Bee stings in the mouth of a dog can be very dangerous. 


Suffice to say, pets need to be watched like one would a toddler – at all times. Here is the link if you wish to visit and find out what can and cannot be given to or eaten by pets.   

Click here for information on all poisonous items - mainly for dogs.