Friday at 10:39: Yesterday we said the final goodbye to Ravensbank Wagtail (Waggie)
. She was 11 years and 6 months old. Waggie was one of the seven puppies from our very first Ravensbank litter, and she gave us five litters – a total of 42 lovely puppies.
It is impossible to express the significance that Waggie has had for our life with dogs. She was the role model for everything we aim to produce as breeders. She had the most agreeable temper one could imagine: calm, gentle and quiet. A truly fantastic dog. And at the same time she was a soldier in every hunting situation. Completely reliable, steady and a real pleasure. She was a "pleaser" in the very best sense of the word.
The day we lost Waggie's mother, Tidemark Ivy (Ivy)
, Waggie quietly assumed the role as the leader of our pack of dogs. She never had to assert herself in any serious way; her leadership reflected her general temper. Calm and quiet, and with a body language that said it all.
About a year ago Waggie began coughing after resting and when exerting herself. The diagnoses ranged from lungworm, heartworm, bronchitis and heart problems. Waggie had medical treatment for all of these conditions without effect. Three weeks ago the conclusion was that Waggie suffered from a rare form of catarrhal laryngitis, sadly untreatable. It was also obvious that she had cataracts in both eyes and therefore reduced eyesight, but worst of all that she had developed a number of tumours in the mammary glands in just a matter of weeks.
We have given Waggie all the extra care we could, and we have kept an eye on her. She joined us on all walks, every single day, and jumped fences along with the other dogs (a classic Waggie stunt). She has slept beside her daughter Bibi and her granddaughter Holly in the same basket.
But this Wednesday we had to face the hard fact that we must live up to our responsibility as breeders, and yesterday Waggie was euthanised.
Click on the picture beside the text and see how we would like Waggie to be remembered. Dear Waggie ... thanks for everything.