Zach RIP

We had to say goodbye to Zach yesterday, he was nearly 15 years old, we used to laugh that he was blind, deaf, lumpy and grumpy, but even the day before he was cavorting round my daughters bedroom, enjoying a good wriggle and scratch…then he woke up Sunday morning and his back legs wouldn’t work.

I got Zach (or Zachary to give him his Sunday name!) when I was first divorced, so he was with me through the hard times and the good times that followed. He knew when I was upset, just sitting quietly with me, and I never had any doubt that he would defend me to the hilt. He was my little black shadow, following me everywhere, never more than a few steps away.DSC_0010 (1)

When he was younger he loved sitting behind me on my chair as I sat at my sewing machine, as he got older he sat under my sewing table, often getting covered by whichever quilt I was sewing. Over the last few months I made him a bed from an old quilt on the landing so he could see me sewing from a comfortable spot whilst he snoozed.

Zac sneaking on the photo!

Zachs timing was perfect yesterday, my daughter happened to be up for the weekend, my son was around, so when the vet came he slipped away peacefully surrounded by his family.021


The end of an era.


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I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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27 Responses to Zach RIP

  1. claire93 says:

    awwww! You did the right thing, and you know you did. Zach went, peacefully in his own home, surrounded by people who loved him. The house & garden will seem empty without him.

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  2. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, I’m so sorry to hear about Zach, I know how hard it is and how much you’ll miss him. God bless you. Regards Mandy xx

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  3. katechiconi says:

    What a good old boy. I’m glad he had a gentle passing, surrounded by the people he loved.

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  4. My heart is with you and the family. I was so sorry to read this news but so glad you were all there as a family to love him goodbye ~ Shaorn

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  5. Laura says:

    So, so sorry to learn about Zach’s passing! I hope you find comfort in knowing that he had a long and joyful life with you and his family!

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  6. prue batten says:

    My heart goes out to you, Margaret, and to your family who have known Zac for his life. He had a wonderful one, it seems. Kind wishes.

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  7. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Margaret. As we have all written, he went peacefully when it was his time, and with all his family around him. Such a sad moment kindly done at home by the compassionate vet. Loving wishes to you all. xx

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  8. Nick and I send our condolences. Zach was an awesome dog, and we will miss him too.

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  9. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I am so glad you were all together in this sorrowful time. Farewell Zach.

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  10. Shasta says:

    You have my condolences too. I am living with my only dog and I can only imagine the pain you are going through.

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  11. shoes15 says:

    Oh I’m so sorry. He was a handsome fellow! I hope you can remember the good times.

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  12. wybrow1966 says:

    It is so heart wrenching when you have to say goodbye to an old friend – especially when they give you so much! Thoughts are with you.

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  13. tialys says:

    So sorry Margaret – it sounds like you and Zach had a real bond and shared some of life’s highs and lows together. I have had two dogs receive a visit from the vet at home when the time was right and, as you know, I’m preparing myself for another before too long – if it can be arranged, it’s a gentle way for them to slip away amongst their ‘pack’ and without the trauma of a visit to the vet’s office.
    Enjoy the memories of your good boy. šŸ’•

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  14. gemmasince82 says:

    Iā€™m sobbing…. this is so sad. They take a large chunk of your heart do dogs. So sorry to read this post this morning.

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  15. Margaret Avril Baxter says:

    So sorry for your loss but glad you had the family there fr comfort.You will miss Zach as he was always around you.I have never had a pet so cannot really appreciate how difficult the loss must be.

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  16. Sorry to read this, he looks like he was a really lovely companion.

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  17. Happy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It really hurts our hearts when we have to say goodbye to our friends.

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  18. So many beloved dogs seem to have passed on this year. Remember the wags!

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  19. Jane M says:

    So sorry to hear your news about Zac. You do have some lovely pictures to remember him by.
    My favourite has to be of his nose poking out from all those layers of quilt

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  20. Sending virtual hugs to you. It is so hard to lose a furkid. But letting them go can be the greatest act of love. Take comfort in the time you had together.

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  21. We love them so much. They make every day special and are a comfort. You were blessed with Zach and he with you.

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  22. tonymarkp says:

    Poor doggy! I’m very sorry for your loss. Fifteen years is a good long life for a dog, though! I’m sure you and your family had lots of fun with him.

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  23. I’m so sorry, I know how hard it is to have to say goodbye to a true friend and loyal companion. RIP Zack. Sending virtual hugs, take care.

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  24. nanacathy2 says:

    A faithful friend who will be sorely missed.xx

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  25. KerryCan says:

    Oh, this is so sad. I guess the sadness is the price we pay for loving them. Zach was a lucky boy . . .

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  26. kathyreeves says:

    What a sweet boy, and how nice for everyone to give him those last loves. It is always hard, even when you know it is time. Hugs to you!

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