Cedarwoods Espresso “Beau” 2001-2013

Yesterday was a sad, sad day. Since I can’t seem to write about it and see at the same time, I’m going to post here what Hubby sent to his hunting buddies, the Pudelpointer breeder and some who’d hunted over Beau.  His sentiments follow:

Beau Fred and pheasants

It is with great sadness that I send you the details of Beau’s passing.  About a month ago we noticed that he was having trouble defecating so we took him to the Vet.  During surgery he noticed that Beau had a large growth in his abdomen so we closed him up, put him on steroids and antibiotics and made him comfortable.  Over the past month, he gained weight, was active and led the life of a spoiled bird dog.  Last Thursday we took a ride on the 4-wheeler and he was alert and as always didn’t miss a bird.  Then on Friday he started taking a turn for the worse and by Saturday he was pretty much down and stayed that way until 8 a.m. this morning when our Vet made a house call and we put him to sleep.
How do you put 12 years of companionship into words?  So many days in the field, nights with him curled up by the bed, and all the times he calmed my existence by just being there.  He was a NAVHDA Prize 1 Natural Ability and Utility Dog.  I will live years longer because of the exercise I got running behind him while he tracked those racing roosters.  I often said to folks who didn’t know what an excellent upland gun dog he was that “Beau can go on point, you can go to lunch and come back and he will still be on point.”  That was not too far from the truth.
One of my hunting buddies told me that the day you get a pup you are in for a day like today.  Well, it is tough to go through but I wouldn’t trade a minute of my time with my best friend Beau.  I can’t see the keyboard very well now so I will let it go at that.
Beau, I hope you are running in tall grass, full of scent, on a crisp fall day.
My best,
F.B.

We buried Beau, wrapped in a fine percale sheet, at the back edge of the property among some trees and beside Tabitha, our cat who died at 17 last year.

He is sorely missed.

About Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn

Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of the Sweetwater Springs series of contemporary romance with serious sizzle and a variety of other works, some written as Annie Rayburn. Her novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Carol / Annie blogs here, most always with a glass of sweet tea within arm's reach.
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9 Responses to Cedarwoods Espresso “Beau” 2001-2013

  1. Michele says:

    So sorry for you both, and happy you had this time with Beau. I love the image of him wrapped in a fine sheet. He deserves the best in his rest.

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  2. randy says:

    What sweet sentiment your husband shared, Carol. Beau was a lucky doggie to have you both as his humans. :)

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  3. Lots of hugs to you during this time. Losing such a good friend is so difficult.

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  4. tamibrothers says:

    I am so sorry, Carol. I know how tough it is to lose a pet and especially one that has been a part of the family for so long. People who don’t have pets don’t realize that they ARE like our kids and it hurts just as bad when we lose them.

    Hugs.

    Tami

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  5. pamelavmason says:

    My condolences. He lived a fine life and fulfilled his potential and purpose. He knew your love.

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  6. susancarlisle says:

    It is nice to have those wonderful memories.

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