In December of last year, we had to say a very tearful goodbye to a dear friend. My black lab Sinjin had been in my life for 14 years. I was there the day he was born (5 September, 1996) and there the day he died (6 December, 2010).

Sinjin was my constant companion for so many years. When I travelled to France in 2005 and subsequently stayed in England afterward, Sinjin waited in American with my Mom. He went through the stress and strain of “emigrating” to the UK in May of 2006 to take up residence with Mark and I AND 2 cats! Sinjin never made an aggressive move toward them despite their snooty, nasty attitude towards him.

But that was Sinjin through and through. He was loyal, gentle, slightly paranoid and thoroughly dedicated to us. He would chase a ball until he could no longer run; he would swim and swim for hours no matter how cold the water; he would run and run in his dreams, driving me to distraction and he would wait, not terribly patiently for us to return home to him. He was the best friend you could ask for and we miss him terribly.

Ella adored him as much as he adored her. When we had to have him put to sleep in December, we told Ella that Sinji had been very poorly and had to stay at the hospital. He was too poorly to come home with us, we said. We weren’t ready to talk about death and dying yet. Ella still asks about Sinjin and he’ll never be far from our thoughts. Sinjin is buried in my inlaw’s garden. I still go to say hello and tell him what we’re up to. I hope he’s running and swimming in Heaven…I’d like to think so.

Now, go visit Tara Cain’s Gallery where this week’s theme is: Animals!

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9 thoughts on “Remembering an old friend

  • 31/08/2011 at 8:28 am
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    What a super dog and 14 is so good for a lab. He looks gorgeous, saying goodbye to a great companion is so hard. I still miss my original Goldie still sometimes even though now we have another plus a tibetian terrier. XXX

  • 31/08/2011 at 9:53 am
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    Oh he looks beautiful! What silky soft fur and beautiful soulful eyes.

  • 31/08/2011 at 9:55 am
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    Aww I know how much a pet is missed I still get tears when I remember my dog who died 20 years ago! He is such a handsome dog Karin and ts a wonderful tribute to your loyal friend xx

  • 31/08/2011 at 12:08 pm
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    poor thing, but I guess that pretty much how they all go isn’t it? In fact that’s how we all go, we just allow our animals a little more dignity by not letting them suffer.

    Lovely story too.

  • 31/08/2011 at 12:29 pm
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    Oh he looked a gorgeous dog, the hardest part of having any pet is that we will have to part with them one day :( xx

  • 31/08/2011 at 4:09 pm
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    Poignant post but happy memories too. I had a black lab who I swear was the only thing that got me through my post natal depression. He used to be so loving with my daughter like he knew I was just not up to being a good mum back then.
    Only right that you should pay tribute to your dog this week

  • 03/09/2011 at 6:27 pm
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    That’s very sad. I lost a beloved companion in January of this year (my cat), and it still hurts. Cherish the lovely memories.

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