These two beautiful creatures have been part of our life for over 12 years. They came to us as 8 and 9 week old puppies all the way from Queensland and at first glance were like chalk and cheese; the soft and delicate Lulu and the boisterous, bouncy Lily. Over time we found that like most great relationships, it’s the opposites that attract and they became fast friends and sisters.
They were with us as we began our new life in our first family home and then in our next (and current) home. They were there as our kids grew up from children into adults and more recently attended our daughters wedding last year. Lulu was always ready to be cuddled and bring comfort to you and Lily looked up at you as if you were the most important person in the world. They witnessed our successes and failures and no matter how the world was treating us, we could count on them to make the day end on a high note.
Then our world shifted as we said goodbye to Lily, our Boston Terrier on 23rd March. She had been very ill since last winter and after a lot of tests the vets still couldn’t quite put their finger on what was wrong with her. We finally made peace with the decision to let her go and on her last day she swam in the pool (her favourite pastime), ate chicken wings and treats and had so many cuddles as we said goodbye to her.
Unbelievably this week, just one month after Lily went, we also lost our sweet Lulu. Lulu had heart trouble for almost 3 years and we knew that her time was limited but all of a sudden once Lily was gone, her health went downhill and fast. On Monday we found she had gone into renal failure, a side affect of all her heart medication, and there was little that could be done. She couldn’t eat and she had little energy and when I took her to the vet this week to start a course of treatment to help her kidneys, we realised how bleak her prognosis was and in that moment we made the decision to let her go.
In losing them both so quickly, there isn’t a Lily and Lulu size hole in our life but rather a blast sized crater. Every shadow makes us do a double take and at the end of the day, we look for them to cuddle on the couch as we have for the past 12 years. I know it will take time to adjust but for now we are finding peace in thinking of them together again and remembering how lucky we were to have such beautiful friends, in fur.
Photos Jemma Keech