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I really needed to write today. I haven’t been here for some time but today is a special day and I need to talk about it with people who would understand its importance.


Eighteen years ago we brought our special boy, Digby, home. He was always going to be “Digby” and it really fit his personality from the very beginning. We told Chancey we were going to go get her new little brother and that we would be right back and she would be so happy.


We came home and put him on the family room floor and told Chancey that his name was Digby. She walked over and sniffed him and looked at us like well okay then. It was settled, he was our newest family member.


Digby’s eating and sleeping routine was definitely not right, he wanted to eat in the middle of the night and play afterwards. We found this out the first night when we put him to bed and at around 3 in the morning he popped his head up and said “hello, let’s play.” I would cover him up and tell him to go back to sleep and he would pop back up again. This routine went on for a good long time, no matter what we did to try and change it.


He always wanted to be just like Chancey and about the 2nd or 3rd night there we went for a walk. It was foggy and very damp. He was still too small for a leash and so I put him in my wool hat and off we went. He tried his best to get out and walk with Chancey. He always wanted to be in the lead and as he got older that is what he did, he lead us on all of our walks.


What amazes us now is that the very next day after we got him we left both of them alone, we just went off to work. We told Chancey to take care of him and I guess she did. There never seemed to be any problems with that and they got along so well together. I just wish I had a video of them during that time on their own to really know what they did. I am almost certain that Chancey got in the bed with Digby and kept him company. They developed a very close and loving bond so early on.


Well, anyway today is the day we completed our family. It was such a good day, a day that I will always cherish.


As always the only thing about losing them that is good is that they got to go together. That was out last act of love we could give them. I still think they planned it that way also.


So here is to my special boy on his day. Digby I hope you are still leading Chancey on your walks and laying in the sunshine together as always.


Sending you all of my love, my special, special family. I  miss you so very much.


Your Mom forever


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I'm glad to see you here again; and I'm glad it's a happy memory shared that brings you back.

May you have a happy celebration of joining your forever family that special day.


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Nice memories.  Thanks for sharing.  You know they love each other and are hanging out and they will see you again someday and you will have your walks together again.


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Dear Helen,
 Thank you for sharing your Digby's and Chancey's memories. What a wonderful to your little boy. I couldn't help myself and went through your older threads and posts and admire your strength and love you had for your precious babies. The pain you must have been going through after they both left must have been unimaginable. Thank you. Thank you and here is something you posted long time ago. I hope it will bring you smile:



1. If I like it, it's mine.


2. If it's in my mouth, it's mine.


3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.


4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.


5. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.


6. If I'm chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.


7. If it just looks like mine, it's mine.


8. If I saw it first, it's mine.


9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.


10. If it's broken, it's yours.

Btw. how are you doing with Rio?

Thank you again.



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Thanks for sharing those happy memories. It makes me remember Alex's first days home....we were told she  might cry because she missed her mommy; from the first second she saw me, I became her mommy and she only cried when I wasnt with her. I used to rock her on the kitchen floor and then try to transfer her to the crate without waking her (much like I'd do with my boys years later and then laugh at myself for treating her like a baby...but she was, my first baby :)

Happy memories of Digby :) Have a great day,


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I would like to thank everyone for sharing Digby’s day with me. The one thing that I have found so hard with all of this is the fact that our life together went so incredibly fast.


We just brought both of them home as puppies like yesterday didn’t we? I remember each homecoming in detail. I just don’t understand how it could have gone by so quickly. All of those years together as a happy family gone just like that. Time just flies by when you are happy. There are so many beautiful memories to hold and cherish. For me those memories are just not enough, I need them.



I found this in some of my searching and I wanted to share it with you as it is so very true:


They are your teachers, and they love you forever. The real forever, the forever that really lasts forever.


Their love really does last forever


Helen, Chancey and Digby's forever Mom and also Mini, Swig and Buddy's forever Mom, forever and ever......

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