So, my dear little Honey is gone – she went ever so peacefully wrapped in a big huggy jumper with the kindest of vets and not really any idea of what was happening. She had been ill for quite a long time but still ‘there’ and still enjoying life, and then suddenly, she wasn’t – she couldn’t get better so I had to make the call. I know so many of you ask about her in comments and have been so kind in including her in good wishes.
She was the sweetest thing, a real character who expected to be treated like the absolute princess she was. We are okay – it was so clear there was nowhere to go and having had a bonus 2 and half years thanks to a kind and wonderful vet it’s feels a natural end. Honey had a little bit of stardom, featuring in the Daily Mail (dressed in a ‘sleepover’ set – much to her horror, and mine to be honest but that’s what paid for her sister, Coco, to come and live with us so it was meant to be) and The Telegraph in a feature about being a first time puppy owner. In my life, I never expected to have poodles – I fully saw myself with a labrador but allergies ruled that out and we did completely fall in love with this quirky, bright breed. We never knew really how such a tiny dog could take up most of a king size bed, leaving us clinging to the edges. We were happily twisted around her little paw – she was a good dog, a kind little soul and we are so lucky she was ours.
So please excuse any service interuptions – I’ll trying to get back to normal quickly but I’m just very, very tired because these past few months have been hard. I’m going to sit at my desk as normal tomorrow and see where it takes me. x
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Gutted for you. I know the loss of a beloved pet. Horrible.
Group family hugs all round.x
Thank you Rachel xx
Jane I am so, so sorry. Honey was so lush, I always loved seeing pics of her in your blogs over the years. You gave her such a lovely life, I’m so sorry for your loss xx
Thank you Kerry – she was the sweetest thing and we just feel so lucky she was ours.
Oh Jane, I’m so sorry. They do leave such a hole in our lives when they go. Look after yourselves x
thank you so much Rachel x
Oh Jane, I’m so sorry. We don’t have pets do we, they’re members of our families and they leave such a big hole. Lots of love, Marie xx
You’re right – thank you Marie x
I am very sorry to hear about your loss, it must be really tough even if you knew this moment will eventually come. Wishing you lots of strength!
Thank you Diana xx
Oh I’m so sorry Jane. Take your time. You have written so beautifully about her, sending a big hug xx
Thank you Lynn x
Jane, so very sorry to hear this sad news. I’m glad that you were able to give her such a peaceful goodbye, it must help the heartbreak a little bit. Sending you kind thoughts and love.
Thank you so much Sue x
I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a member of the family is so hard, even when they have been ill for a long time. I am glad Honey had a good end- a kind vet is to be treasured. Sending warm thoughts to you and yours.
Thank you so much Antonia x
Really sorry for your loss. It’s surprisingly hard, I think we underestimate how much part of the family pets become. It sounds like she had a full and happy life and obviously brought much joy to you. XXX
Thank you so much Charlotte. x
I’m so sorry, Jane. It sounded like the kindest possible end anybody could ask for, but what an awful loss for you.
thank you Lizzie – it is but 17 years is so much more than we could have hoped. x
So sorry to hear that, Jane, what a little sweetie she looks. You know you did the right thing for her, the last loving thing you could give her. Much love.
Thank you so much Jaq x
I am so sorry to hear this news Jane, Honey has gone over the rainbow bridge now. Best wishes xx
Thank you Lauren x
What a touching tribute to a brave girl. Wishing you, and all who knew and loved Honey, strength.
Thank you so much x
Nothing like loving and being loved by a dog and she was obviously a very good dog. Will be thinking of you.
She was a very good dog 🙂 Thank you xx
Sending you lots of love, and my deepest condolences, I am so sorry.
Fly high darling Honey, it is a little comfort to read you’ve left this world peacefully.
Thank you Anne x
All good dogs go to heaven, and all dogs are good. I am sorry for your loss.
Thank you – those are great words xx
So sorry Jane for your loss. I have just rescued a cockapoo puppy after losing two cats in the space of two & a half years so I understand heartbreak. She has been a light to the whole family elderly parents love her, gives us all something to focus on other than illness. Wishing you best wishes
They are always the smile in the room aren’t they… thank you Sarah and wishing you the happiest times with your little rescue. x
So sad. Big virtual hugs, losing a pet is horrible but is sounds like you gave her a lovely end of life.
Thank you so much Eleanor.
Big hugs x
Thank you Karen.
I’m so sorry to hear this. Come back to your desk if it helps, but we’ll be here later. ❤️
Thank you so much Jane – that’s very thoughtful.
Oh Jane I’m so so sorry. What a loss. ♥️
Thanks so much Caroline x
Sending you a hug
So hard to lose a loved furry family member x
It is… thank you so much Zaina. x
So sorry to hear the sad news. It’s heartbreaking each time but they really do bring so much love and joy to our lives while they are with us don’t they x
They absolutely do 🙂 Thank you so much Emma x
I always read your blog to find out what is coming out and I do love your beauty news but I was so sad to read about your little doggie .
It is the kindness and hardest thing to do but dogs let you know when its time.
I am sending a big warm hug to you from Australia .
Melinda and a wag of the tail from my pekingese Yum Yum
Thank you Melinda – love to Yum Yum 🙂
I’m so sorry Jane. You are so right that you are lucky she was yours, but she was lucky that she had such a wonderfully loving family too. Take best care xx
Thank you so much Emma x
I’m so very sorry to hear about your lovely Honey. She looked to be the sweetest of pups and I know your family loved her so very much.
Thinking of you as you mourn the passing of a part of your family, but hoping you find comfort in that you gave her such a wonderful life and she brought so much joy to yours.
Thank you so much Kelly x
There are no words except to say I have been there and understand.
Thank you so much x
So sorry to hear this – it’s never easy….sending lots of love xxx
Thank you Shelley x
So sorry to hear that Honey has passed away. I remember the picture of her wearing pearls and sitting buy you that graced the front of your website for many years. I have had a few cats during my lifetime and cried my eyes out when each one passed away so understand how bereft you will be feeling. The remedy is to find a successor. I lost my last cat in autumn 2019 with not a kitten to be found locally so went to the RSPCA cattery to see what they had. I ended up with a one year old brother and sister who weren’t what I went looking for. But they turned out to be just what we needed and a source of endless entertainment during lockdown. My old cat still has a place in my heart and always will do and the new cats have made a place there as well.
Thank you so much – that photo is my favourite of her… she had her ‘this is nonsense’ face one while Simon (TheVerySimonG) and the photographer were lying on our bed to take the shot. We laughed such a lot that day. So pleased you found such wonderful successors – we need some time without a dog (to travel and so on..) but nothing is the same now.
Honey was so lucky to have you and you, her. Sending you wishes for remembering all the good times you had together. xo from America
Thank you so much Lenora. x
So sorry to read this Jane … so very sad, they’re such a huge part of our lives and a big loss when they go. Thinking of you x
Thank you so much Sarah. x
Just wanted to say so sorry for the loss of your lovely Honey xxx
Thank you so much Sara x
Oh Jane. I’m so.so sorry to hear this. I can only imagine how you all are. Sending my love to you and lots of happy memories xx
Thanks so much Sam x
I am so Sorry for your Loss…. Sending you All my Love ♥️♥️♥️♥️
Thank you so much Ruby x
Feeling your pain & sending much sympathy. It is the hardest experience in the world when we have to let our beloved pets leave.
Thank you so much Karen x
I don’t think there is anything that prepares you for saying good goodbye, even if it does feel natural. Honey was a very lucky lady to have found such love x
We were so lucky to have her for 17 years – such an age 🙂 Thank you Rachel xx
I’m so, so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and the family x
Thank you so much Sarah x
Sorry for your loss Jane. My mum passed 3 weeks ago so I know your pain. They are both not suffering anymore and are at peace x
I’m so sorry Lucy – that’s very tough indeed and I’m really sorry to hear it. Thank you for your words. x
Oh! Sorry to hear these news, even when they are getting older and we know it’s time. I know …. She was a very lucky princess!
Thank you very much Amelia x
Sorry for your loss xx
Thank you Mary x
So sorry for your loss, she was clearly dearly loved and brought so much joy to your family. Goodnight sweet Honey. Sending love xx
Thank you so much Carrie x
So very sorry Jane & family to hear such sad news about Honey x
Thank you so much Suzy x
I am so very sorry, I know how painful it is to lose a pet and am thinking of you & sending love.
Thank you so much Aoife x
So sorry to hear this, Jane… Spending all my childhood and after “student break” again with dogs I can feel what you feeling – parting with them is that horrible price we all pay for the pleasure of living with them… But for them it’s not just a few years – for them it’s the whole happy life and I’m pretty sure your dear Honey had it all and now is smiling from the rainbow at you (I’m still once in a while walk a forest with my very first dog – newfoundland Joy – in my dreams… and then wake up smiling and crying)… Poodles are lovely (well, if you get close to any race you see more of good I’m sure 😉 ) – witty (not for nothing in most of dog’s shows they participate with all kinds of tricks), soft (both to the touch and in their soul) and optimistic, and your Honey was all these and more. My hugs to you from the bottom of my heart…
Thank you Anna – those are lovely words and I’m so grateful for them. x
So sorry for your loss.
Remember, Honey had a lovely life and knew she was loved. She will always be with you in happy memories of her.
I have so many memories which are just lovely – thank you Donna xx
Jane, I am sorry to hear that you lost Honey, a member of your family. It sounds like you had good years together, and I hope those memories–and maybe some silly photos–will give you a bit of comfort.
Thank you Arpita – lots of silly photos, that’s for sure. x
Oh gosh Jane and everyone at BBB, I am soooo sorry to hear of your loss. Sometimes the right decisions for our loved ones are so damn hard. What an absolutely smashing little poppet Honey was and how very stylish too. Wishing you all comfort, smile and laugh at those wonderful memories and sending hugs as someone who has been there several times. Lots of love xxx
Thank you Chrissie – really appreciated x
Hi Jane, dogs get under your skin and that’s for sure. We took in a spanish rescue (half chihuahua, half terrier) for many years – he was hilarious and stole everyone’s heart – then when he passed last year we found another little girl – jacahuahua (yes there really is such a thing!) and she is equally huge in personality given her size. Our cockapoo tolerates all these small dogs stealing his limelight and I am so glad to have the time with them…treasure it for sure and enjoy those happy memories.
Thank you Jaquie – they sound amazing 🙂
I am so sad for you. I had a naughty Pekingese named Tinkerbell when I was a teen and when she died, I felt like a member of my family had died. I still remember her clearly.
One by one, our Pekingese (all five of them) began to die and my parents did not get any new dogs. By that time, my brother and I were out of the house, at university / work.
Take a rest. I am also tired, like you. I thought the Corona business was going to be over by end of 2021 but here we are with travel bans and restrictions again. My family are all over the place – Asia and the US. I’m here in Europe and just fed up with panic after panic.
Thank you Evie – yes I am taking it easy… someone told me tiredness is a sign of stress and I think that’s very true. I’m thinking forward to a time when you’ll have your very own dog and how wonderful that will be. My family is far flung too – but we have done this before and we can do it again so bring the resilience you learned in lockdown 1 and lockdown 2 and travel restriction rule change 101 or 10001 whichever it was … you can do it. When I had a complete melt down last Christmas because it was so difficult to get my son home and my daughters holiday plans were ruined for the fourth time my sister reminded me about their resilience and I’m sensing you have it too. Best love x
Thinking of you Jane and thanks for making Honey a part of our lives as well – I love your articles, they are the first thing I go to every morning. Take care x
Thank you Shona, that’s so kind of you x
Sorry for your loss Jane. As someone who has loved and lost 4 dogs in my lifetime, I know how heartbreaking it feels. Much love, Susie x
Thank you so much Susie – sorry too for your losses. So hard. x
I shall always associate Honey with a favorite base of yours: Complexion Rescue. Base choices are to be made according to how they work when walking Honey, of course!
What faithful owner you’ve been.
Sorry for your loss.
That’s so true Keala! I hadn’t though of it but you’re right – my dog-walking make up :-))
So sorry for your loss but at least you know you did what was best for her. Please look after yourself x
Thank you so much x
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Even though we know it’s coming, it doesn’t make it any easier when someone, a person or a pet, passes. Warm wishes and hugs for your family.
Thank you Christina x
Oh Jane I’m so sad to read that Honey has crossed Rainbow Bridge . It hurts because you loved her so much. She sounds like she was an amazing dog to have in your family. Sending you all my love and gentle hugs x
She absolutely was amazing amongst many things… thank you so much xx
Oh Jane, I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s taken ages to scroll down to the bottom to leave a comment -it’s lovely to see all the love and support, I hope we’re all helping! Sending your more of the same and keeping you in my thoughts, Lisey .
I feel so lucky to have such supportive and kind people around me from the other side of the screen. It’s immensely comforting. x
Sorry to hear about Honey.
Sending you a big hug. X
Thank you so much Ana x
So sorry to hear your news Jane. Honey is clearly a special spirit who has touched the hearts of many friends all around the world. (that’s not a typo that I’ve said ‘is’ because the spirit of those we’ve lost never leaves us). Sending you lots of love xx
Thank you Joanne for those lovely words x
So sorry to hear this Jane. We have a gorgeous Tibetan Terrier, Rosie, & can’t even bear to think about her not being with us. It’s a very sad inevitable when having a dog but doesn’t make this time any easier for you all. Sending love …Kim x
Thank you so much Kim x
So sorry to hear. I know how heartbreaking this is. Please take as much time as you need. A lot of people here care and understand. Love and thoughts with you and your family
It’s so lovely that people have cared enough to drop me a note – so appreciated. Thank you x
Oh Jane – I’m so so sorry to read about Honey. Our pets are like our children and our family and losing them is so painful. It was lovely to read about Honey’s character and she was obviously a very special and loved dog. The pictures of you together are gorgeous. I hope you remember all the good times and the loving home that you gave her. I’m sure she knew how very loved and special she was to you and the family.
Thank you so much Lisa xx
I’m so so sorry to hear this. What a lovely home you gave her and she must of felt so loved in the time she had with you. Sending love to you and the family x
Thank you Zoe x