Saturday, 14 March 2015

Sumo chan

We had to say goodbye to our little man today. Our best friend and constant companion for over 10 lovely years. It hurts like hell to have made the decision. But it was the kindest thing we could do for him. There was a slim chance the tumour that was ruptured and bleeding into his intestines could be removed. But, sadly, that turned out not to be the case, and we had to let him go. No more pain or suffering.

Sunny Spot

Happy Days

Mister Handsome

Fluffy Pillows

Sweet dreams, mister Sooz.
Thanks for all the wags, the beautiful walks, and the times you snuggled up next to us at night, and in the pouring rain. We love you. And will never forget the joy you brought into our lives.


  1. Sorry to hear that, we don't have a dog now but I have been down that road more than once.
    You take on a big responsibilty with an animal from start to finish and itsd not always easy.

  2. Aghhhhh! Nooooo!

    I hate rainbow bridges sometimes.. Such a lovely mutt.

    Mister will be sadly missed when I am upsides you.

    Thinking of you both xx

  3. Thanks. He was such a kind, funny and gentle soul.

    Obviously, it's still all incredibly raw for us at the moment. Dealing with the toys that he will never play with again. And us having to retrace all of the places where we were so happy together fills me with a large amount of unease and uncertainty. I am a bit angry that the vets rolled us for 7k before discovering the root cause of his problem. But on the positive side, we do have many happy memories with him. He cured me of my agoraphobia and depression, and taught me how to live in today. The present moment. I owe him a lot.

    I don't doubt we'll be getting another lab. Getting out every day, walking, bonding, etc.. LIVING.. There are so many health benefits it would be silly not to. But Sumo... Well, he was just *the* best friend ever. And I miss him very much.

  4. Sorry to hear about Sumo, Ken. I can remember when you 1st put up his first pictures.

  5. Such sad news. They are just so special. The more people I meet the more I love my dogs

  6. aye son it is bad news but the hurt does get easier then only the fond memories remain, I'm glad your going to get another lab he will make the hurt go quicker and the two of you need a dog in your lives they are one of the beauties of living on a boat. Also glad your back blogging again I got used to the pictures and the reading, so keep your chin up son, love dad & lesleyann.

  7. So sorry Ken. Our four-legged friends create a very special bond. Thinking of you.


  8. Ken and Sheena, I really enjoyed reading about Sumo and it was clear how much he meant to you. There's no consolation apart from knowing that you released him from further suffering. A new pup will bring much happiness back, but you will always have Sumo in your thoughts, I am sure. Traversing the places you have been with him will be bittersweet, and the company of a new pup will be helpful - you can show the new one all the places his/her big brother loved!
    Warm regards, Marilyn (nb Waka Huia)

  9. So sorry to hear the news. RIP Sumo :( . Have especially loved seeing and reading about his life afloat with you as have a black lab (Della) myself, my best friend too. x

  10. Sorry to hear the news ken. My thoughts are with you. He was a great Dog! w00f!

  11. Oh no! I have just been catching up with the boaty blogs and read your awful news about Sumo. I am choked. Last June my brother had his Lab, Bentley, put down and we persuaded him to get another dog sooner rather than July he got Riley an 8 week old Black Lab. Your life needs a dog and out there is another dog that needs the life and love you have to offer....Sumo will recommend you.
    X Lesley