View Full Version : Sad news from me - An Update

22nd December 2015, 09:13 AM
Those of you who remember when I was active in this forum (I've now gone onto another system) may recall mention and photos of my constant companion, Dibnah the Jack Russell.

Well, a week ago today we had to make the tough decision to have her put to sleep. She was suffering from kidney failure.

We got Dibnah from the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home back in January 2010 when we lived in Scotland. She had been handed in as a stray, at about 18 months old, but had been kept there for a succession of operations until she was deemed fit to be rehomed. We never knew her history before that, but can only presume that she original came from an English home, as she had been docked. Back then, docking unless for medical reasons was illegal in Scotland but not in England. Anyway, we enjoyed almost 6 years of bliss with her, she accompanying us on all our UK holidays and only being separated once when we visited Australia. Her sudden kidney failure came as a complete shock to us earlier this week, although looking back with hindsight she may have had problems for a very long time, but well-masked. But we could not see her suffer - that is a luxury we have with our pets which we do not have with our human fellows.

We fully intend to rescue another JR as soon as the right one finds us and adopts us.

22nd December 2015, 09:33 AM
So sorry to read this, Stephen, I know how much Dibnah meant to you. You have done the right thing in ending her suffering, I only wish that the same could be done for me when the time comes.

Let us know when another JR finds you, in the meantime I wish you the best Christmas possible under these sad circumstances. At least you have many happy memories and photographs of Dibnah.

Kiwi Paul
22nd December 2015, 09:35 AM
Sorry to hear and commiserations, I know only too well the heartbreak losing a pet.


22nd December 2015, 09:50 AM
Sorry to hear this news Stephen.

22nd December 2015, 09:53 AM
So sad to hear this, Stephen, like you, we enjoyed Dibnah,s company, always a heartbreak when one loses a loved pet.

Bikie John
22nd December 2015, 09:55 AM
Sorry to hear this, Stephen. You will have lots of happy memories to keep, and I've no doubt that you gave her the best life you possibly could.


22nd December 2015, 10:17 AM
So sorry to hear that Stephen I know how much she meant to you and can truly sympathise with you.

I Know it is sad that their lifespans are shorter than ours but think of it this way it allows us to experience unconditional love more than once in our lifetime.I'm sure you will eventually find a JR not to replace but fill your life once again.

22nd December 2015, 10:58 AM
Sorry to hear this Stephen. We all enjoyed your enthusiastic pictures and tales of Dibnah.

Ross the fiddler
22nd December 2015, 10:58 AM
So sorry to hear Stephen. It is a tough time having to face that decision.

Wee man
22nd December 2015, 11:14 AM
So sorry to hear about your mate ( lens cloth) you will have so many happy memories to keep you going until a new JR comes into your lives. Ed

Phill D
22nd December 2015, 11:50 AM
Sorry to hear that sad news Stephen. If and when you feel like it how about sharing some of the classic Dibnah shots on here. We wont mind what system you used to take them, just happy memories.

David M
22nd December 2015, 12:02 PM
Sorry to hear that. When a new companion finds you share the news and a photo with us.

22nd December 2015, 12:24 PM
Sorry to hear that sad news Stephen. If and when you feel like it how about sharing some of the classic Dibnah shots on here. We wont mind what system you used to take them, just happy memories.
OK, here's a couple. You may have seen some of them before





22nd December 2015, 12:26 PM
Happy memories :)

Simon Bee
22nd December 2015, 01:05 PM
Sad news Stephen, it is never an easy decision to take but equally rarely if ever is it the wrong one. I know you will have many fond memories and equally as many photographs of your 'faithful friend' that will make you smile and help to ease the sadness you must be feeling.

You may not have had Dibnah for many years but from all the posts you used to contribute here it was/is clear that she was much loved and a better home she could not have wished for. So when the next 'right one' comes along she/he will be a very lucky dog indeed and I am sure will become another 'faithful friend' in return.

Wishing you and your family the Merriest Christmas possible ( under these sad circumstances ) and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Kindest regards, Simon

Phill D
22nd December 2015, 01:30 PM
Lovely shots and lovely memories Stephen. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Hope you all have a happy Christmas and find your new companion soon.

22nd December 2015, 01:44 PM
Sorry to read this Stephen. I have a JR, they're brilliant dogs who have so much character.
You have done what any responsible dog owner would do, release your friend from his pain, it's a correct decision.
As photography lovers we are fortunate that we have lots of photos of our four legged friends and I'm sure you will one day enjoy looking through them

22nd December 2015, 04:14 PM
The same thing happened to our cat, it's a tough thing to have to do.

May I too offer my sympathy for your loss.

22nd December 2015, 05:34 PM
I love that last shot Stephen - a great memory to cherish. Have a good Christmas in spite of the sad circumstances.

22nd December 2015, 09:13 PM
Hi Stephen (+ Ro) -

I loved Dibnah especially as I only met her the one time at the big Hoose. I think it was the way she knew which room the ghosties were in. :eek:

I know Anne has written to you both but I needed to be part of this now.

Kindest regards. Barr1e

22nd December 2015, 10:18 PM
Sorry to hear this sad news Stephen.

22nd December 2015, 10:51 PM
I'm she was as happy to find you as you were to find her. Hopefully you will find and treasure another little friend and form many more happy memories to add to those you already have.

22nd December 2015, 10:58 PM
I am thinking of you too Stephen. All pet lovers know how heart wrenching it is to lose a friend. You had wonderful moments together and wonderful memories to keep. Find another friend soon.

23rd December 2015, 08:10 AM
Have missed both of you on here Stephen despite never having met you in the real world. So sorry to hear of your loss.

23rd December 2015, 10:17 AM
Very Very sorry to hear about your sad loss Stephen I can only imagine how you and your Family are feeling - we lost one of our Cat's (Luka) who we rescued along with his brother (Lennie) last December after 15 happy years and not a day goes past that we don't miss him.


23rd December 2015, 10:38 AM
I have met Dibnah on a few occasions - sorry t hear your news, Stephen.


24th December 2015, 01:20 AM
I am really sorry to hear that Stephen.

We lost our Paddy a few weeks back in a similiar way too at 16.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8359/8344466110_1cb8455a42_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/dHnz4m)Paddy (https://flic.kr/p/dHnz4m) by Alf Branch (https://www.flickr.com/photos/32457074@N07/), on Flickr

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8473575381_94d23fa448_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/dUMhKg)Look what I found (https://flic.kr/p/dUMhKg) by Alf Branch (https://www.flickr.com/photos/32457074@N07/), on Flickr

24th December 2015, 06:50 AM
All those of us who have had pets know how you will be feeling at the moment Stephen, but the happy memories will live on.
I hope your new friend finds you soon.

24th December 2015, 04:32 PM
Thanks everyone. We are already searching the Jack Russell rescue centres and have identified a couple of potential candidates.

Meanwhile, Merry Christmas to all my friends. They are friendly enough on the F**i forum, but not a patch on you lot!

Mrs T
24th December 2015, 07:00 PM
Sorry to hear the sad news Stephen. I hope you find another good friend when the time is right.


24th December 2015, 08:56 PM
Cracking shot of Dibnah by the fire.

27th December 2015, 04:49 PM
Only those of us who have owned and loved a pet can understand your heartache, very sorry. Regards Gary.

6th January 2016, 07:10 AM
Very sorry to read about Dibnah. I'm new on here but my user name is based on my darling Jack Russell Minnie who died from liver failure at the age of 6 in January 2010. I've not gone looking for another - it broke my heart and spirit. You gave Dibnah a lovely home for the last years. Bless you !

6th January 2016, 08:44 AM
Thank, Minniesmum.

As an update to this, on the 2nd January we collected another Jack Russell!

After only a few days we decided that the house was too empty without a dog, so started the search of the pet rescue centres. We came across a suitable candidate on the RSPCA web site. She is a female JR who was found abandoned, with a shattered back leg, on a former travellers site. She was taken to the RSPCA's animal hospital at Harmsworth, where she was operated on and the leg reconstructed and plated. She also had a missing digit.

After a long convalescence (which still continues) she was offered up for adoption and we stepped in. After all the formalities we became the proud parents of a dog whom we have named Mistletoe - partly because of the Christmas season, and partly because she is Missing a Toe!

She is a little poppet who, although desperately underweight due to the stress of being in kennels, is so well behaved and loving.

We like to think that the loss of Dibnah has led to the recovery of another dog.

Thank you for all your positive comments and support.


6th January 2016, 08:52 AM
Top man, keep us posted!

6th January 2016, 09:04 AM
Wowsers ! What a little beauty <3 A rescue JR - my " dream dog ". More pics of her please :) Congrats !!

Wee man
6th January 2016, 09:20 AM
Seems well settled knows she has good home and all she has to do is pose every so often.

Ross the fiddler
6th January 2016, 11:29 AM
She looks beautiful & it looks like she has found the perfect home. *yes

She also looks a lot lighter & would take up less room than the two that often sleep on our bed with us, a well fed Foxy Pug & a large Red Kelpy (thankfully our Border Collie, a rescued pet, doesn't try to join them as well). :rolleyes:

Hope life goes well with your new member of the family.


6th January 2016, 11:31 AM
Brilliant News ! :)

Kiwi Paul
6th January 2016, 11:32 AM
Lovely wee dog and looks happy in her new home.

David M
6th January 2016, 12:23 PM
Good news, thanks for the update Stephen.

6th January 2016, 01:54 PM
So very happy for you all, doggy and humans. As you know, we have a house full of rescues, so know the joys of receiving their love and company, and I love her new name.
Don't be a stranger, Stephen, even if you have changed brands, cameras change, we on the forum don't.


6th January 2016, 02:47 PM
Don't be a stranger, Stephen, even if you have changed brands, cameras change, we on the forum don't.

Well said!

You could always keep us updated, Stephen, with links to DPNow *chr

6th January 2016, 02:59 PM
What a lovely story :) Great to hear!


6th January 2016, 03:30 PM
I'm really pleased for you, Stephen. A happy ending to a sad tale. I look forward to hearing more about Mistletoe in the future, but I know you will never forget Dibnah - and neither will we.

6th January 2016, 04:53 PM
Talking of JRs there is a super one in the film "Danish Girl".

6th January 2016, 06:11 PM
I do like Jack Russells, but my memories of them are slightly odd.
Many years ago I was an avid caver, and our club's annual dinner was in the Brass Cat in Settle.

We had an arrangement, where for 50p, you could bring a sleeping bag and kip on the floor.
Both he and the police seemed to think that qualified us as residents, and thus exempt from the official licencing hours.

The landlord being something of a character would loudly announce. "Ladies and gentlemen, the bar will remain open as long as you keep me amused, and by now you should know what amuses me and what does not"
We normally kept him or his staff entertained until at least 4.30am, often later.

Back to the Jack Russells, said landlord would appear at 8.30 am with a small pack of them, and a long hunting horn, to rouse us from our slumbers so he could serve breakfast in the dining room.

I've seen more of Jack Russells from eye to eye view than from a more normal perspective. ;)

On one memorable occasion, whilst we were tucking in to a fryup, the landlord mentioned that he'd found one of our members asleep in the kitchen, rather than the dining room or bar.

Apparently he had been awoken *** from his slumbers, and then announced "Ah the kitchen, yes the kitchen"
He then got back in his sleeping bag and started snoring again

I offered to fetch him back, but was told all was now sorted.

"Don't worry, he seemed comfortable, so we're cooking round him" :D

6th January 2016, 06:23 PM
Most of us chaps still like a pretty lady ;) and Mistletoe certainly fits the bill.

So pleased to read your good news Stephen.

Phill D
6th January 2016, 08:21 PM
Looks like she got used to posing pretty quickly. Great news Stephen.

6th January 2016, 08:45 PM
Good news Stephen. Did you give her a screen test before adopting her?