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Remembering our friend Ludo

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We knew him as a puppy. Follow the link to read his first post, introducing himself to all of us. What a cutie! He was one of our first blogging doggy friends eight years ago. We loved reading about his adventures with his mum and dad and his rabbitdog siblings.

Ludo Ludwig Van Puppy

Ludo Ludwig Van Puppy

We watched him grow up — into a handsome, fun loving, adventuring dog. He loved his Mum and TNP (his dad) so very much. In fact he got to attend their wedding!

Ludo loves on his dad.

Ludo loves on his dad.

And he came to love his little brother Arran too, even though we all know little brothers can be a bit of a bother sometimes.

Ludo and his little brother Arran.

Ludo and his little brother Arran.

Ludo liked to take us along on his vacation adventures, and through him we got to see a lot of the Lake District in the UK. His parents were always careful to choose dog friendly locations including restaurants and hotels. Ludo was a very very lucky boy; he got to visit some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen.

Ludo shared stunning country with us all.

Ludo shared his stunning country with us all.

And it was always special to see it through his eyes.

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And did I tell you he won awards in agility? He loved to run and jump, especially with his mum.

Ludo could fly!

Ludo could fly!

He even got to go camping at agility events! Katie says she’s glad Ludo got to camp, it’s a truly special thing to do with your folks.

Camping is so much fun!

Camping is so much fun!

Ludo enjoyed holidays too. Especially Crispmas. He liked to celebrate with his family and always wished us good holiday cheer. Crispmas just won’t be the same now.

Ludo and Arran and the rabbitdogs pose for Crispmas.

Ludo and Arran and the rabbitdogs pose for Crispmas.

But most of all Ludo loved running along the sea, getting his furs salty and wet. Chasing his ball. Chasing the waves.

Just chasing life.

Gotta get those waves!

Gotta get those waves!

Ludo only got to live eight years. It wasn’t enough for any of us, especially for his mum Dee and his dad Richard. Though we knew he was fighting cancer we all hoped he could stick around a few more months. Years maybe if we were lucky. But it was not to be and Ludo went on to his next adventure beyond the rainbow bridge last month.

Hurro!  It's me Ludo!

Hurro! It’s me Ludo!

Ludo carefully taught Arran all the important things about being a sheltie. How to ask for treats, to get the best belly rubs, to chase a ball. How to tilt a head for the best effect and make the humans smile. And now he’s taught us, once again, how to smile through our tears.

Any treats up there?

Any treats up there?

Eight years was not enough. We all wanted to watch Ludo’s antics forever. We all wanted the bad cancer stuff to go away. But he had become uncomfortable and his parents made the oh so difficult decision to let him fly. Now he’s running, forever free, by his beloved sea chasing the waves and barking with joy. It’s the way I’ll always remember Ludo.

He’s not so far away. He’s right there in our hearts where we can visit him whenever we need a glimpse of his silly handsome face.

Handsome birthday boy.

Handsome birthday boy.

Thank you Ludo, for sharing your life with us. And thank you Dee and Richard for facilitating that sharing. Ludo was magical. And magic lasts forever.

Hugs.

See you again someday sweetie.

See you again someday sweetie.

Note: All photos were taken by Dee or Richard. Wedding photo taken by their professional wedding photographer.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

9 thoughts on “Remembering our friend Ludo

  1. I have tears running down my face. How blessed you were to know Ludo since puppyhood. We only met him maybe a year ago….but we are grateful that we did. You are right, he got to visit some of the most exquisite places on Earth, his parents are so special, the blog is special. His Mom showed us just how special and talented and brilliant Shelties are. You are right, 8 yrs is NOT enough….we could have watched him and read about him forever. Thank you for this most touching post xoxoxo

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  2. This is a beautiful post celebrating Ludo’s far-too-short life. Our furry babies do not live long enough ever, and it’s doubly unfair when their short lives are shortened even more.

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  3. Aw, what a beautiful boy! So very sad when they leave us. Eight isn’t very old at all, for a Sheltie anyway. But I’m glad his pawrents were able to make the hard decision so he wouldn’t have to suffer long. And I hope Ludo has found LOTS of friends at the Rainbow Bridge!

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  4. Oh Ludo….such a special boy.

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  5. What a lovely tribute. There never seems to be enough time with our furry friends.

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  6. that was a beautiful tribute – and put all our thoughts into words – Ludo was one of our first blogging buddies too and we will miss him so much

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  7. A lovely tribute to Ludo xxx

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  8. A very beautiful post remembering Ludo. Thank u fur posting this!

    Thinking of how he wrote Crispmas made Mommy smile!

    And yes we agree the head tilt/treat asking is a skill that is mastered by Shelties!

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  9. How sad, too young to pass on. Beautiful Sheltie!

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