Thursday, November 29, 2007


Sadly sadly sadly we had to put Bernard PhD down on Sunday. He had been sick for some time, and was only getting worse. He managed to get up off his bed and walk around to all of us individually for a cuddle. I am sure he knew that the vet was coming. We held him whilst he slipped away. It was peacefully heartbbreaking. Bernard was the most gentle, loving and intelligent dog ever (hence the PhD), even though he was a little stinky at times.

I can't believe that I will never be able to squeeze his snout again, or pat his bottom until his back legs went all wobbly. He was full of love.

Thank you so much Bernard, here's a little song for you.......


Blogger jane said...

A little tear rolls down my cheek. At least we can send our best friends away with the dignity they deserve. RIP Dr.Bernard.(say hi to Gimble from me)

10:29 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Oh Pod, my thoughts are with you. I have experienced the loss of several dear puppies (well, not really puppies but I always thought of them as such) and the pangs still hit me sometimes. Bernard does look very 'gentle, loving and intelligent' and I am sorry that you can no longer play with him or seek out his doggie advice and comfort. But I always tell myself that I will be with my pups again someday. Love never really dies - it just changes shape. Peace.

11:04 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

how really really sad... he was lucky to have you, Pod.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Momentary Academic said...

My heart goes out to you. I lost a pet this year and I know what this is like. They are so special, aren't they?

1:22 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

i'm so sorry pod.


7:47 PM  
Blogger martin said...

O Pod I am with you. I still miss my dog everyday,even though it was over eight years ago that he went. People say he was only a dog,they just don't understand.

9:40 PM  
Blogger coffespaz said...

Oh Pod, I am so very sorry. It is hard to lose such a good friend, but you did the right thing by not allowing him to suffer further. He will always live in your heart!!


3:52 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

Pets are so important--we really love you humans.

6:56 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I'm so sorry for you Pod. I can imagine how hard it is to loose a little friend. It is like a baby and my thoughts are with you!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Lynne said...

ahhh, poddy. I'm so very sorry. As you know, I can relate to your sadness and grief. Bernard looks very sad in the first photo; such a sweet face.

Sweet dreams, dear Bernard. Watch out for Daisy's big bum!

sending ((((((((xxxxxxxxx))))))) your way dear pod ...

8:54 AM  
Blogger Ch√Ęteau-Gontierdailyphoto said...

I always have fun when I visit your blog...I like your humour.

Thank you for your last visit and comment on my photo blog.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Y'know I actully have this song but I got bored with his music. Who knew Trent E. Moller had such a 'gentle' track!?! Nice.

Peace & light.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Joel Reynolds said...

Sucks to lose a good pup. He sounded like a great one.


2:38 PM  
Blogger WAT said...

Terrific video/song clip!

AW. Dogs are extraordinary creatures! I LOVE THEM SO!

And they all go to heaven.

4:34 PM  
Blogger kimy said...

so so sorry to hear about your beloved bernard, phd. his love for you will live forever may memories help buffer the grief you are feeling. he's now over the rainbow bridge playing, watching and waiting until you meet again.

hugs pod.

2:38 AM  
Blogger Shelly Lowenkopf said...

It's a tough hit to lose a friend.

9:30 AM  
Blogger raindog said...


dogs are truly wonderful. so sorry pod.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

I came to visit through Chedwick and read your sad post. I am sorry for your loss and have been there myself. Our animal companions just don't live as long as we do. Perhaps his spirit will come back to visit.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Hope you are ok Podders. That little face at the top makes me want to stop and snoodle that little dog. What a sweet face. I hope you are alright. Gentle faces that leave us. I can relate to that right now.

1:13 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Oh Poddy I'm so sorry to hear about Bernard. Poor you :-(

7:15 AM  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Dear Pod,
I am sorry for you.
Bernard, travel well old fellow.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Pod said...


7:23 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

HUG, big Hug.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Hello My Name is Gypsea said...

I am sorry about your doggy.Love your photos.

3:38 PM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...


Phd girl does not leave the house for days after an animal companion dies..she doesn't want people to see her tears. when my brother died she was really inconsolable.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Trac said...

Awwww Pod. :O(

Bernard looked lovely!

4:32 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

I have been slow to wander my blog-friends' sites while I've been wrestling with wrapping up a final project for my class.

My dear Pod, belated but very heartfelt hugs to you.

It's a heartbreak, ain't it?
I still miss my old gone-on cats...

Some day I'll tell you stories about Stu the Cat. For what it's worth, I saw an insanely fast butterfly zoom around my head sparkling in sunlight right after Stu died...always thought it was his little wave goodbye.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Smiler said...

Oh Pod! I can't believe I've not been here in that long. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Bernard is making me cry. He looks like he was such a good boy. Why is it that most really good dogs are stinky do you think? I feel for you. I really do. That song and video are so haunting too. Not sure why I'm so upset really. Dogs are such special creatures... the world needs more good souls like his. Gone, but not forgotten.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Josy said...

Oh God, my eyes are starting to tear up, and I never even knew him. I am so sorry, Pod. I am sorry that I've been such a MIA visitor and didn't even manage to see this until today. (The blogosphere is thoroughly intimidating nowadays, but I know that's no excuse.) I am sorry that you had to say goodbye to Bernard. I am sorry that Bernard had to say goodbye to you. I'm am full of sorrow all around, and I hope you're holding up okay--including all the titchy little stresses that you don't mention on this blog--even though I know me saying this won't do a damn thing.

Take care, Pod.

2:34 AM  

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