Monday, February 25, 2013


Becky, with her rabbit from Grandma Jean.
April 17, 1998 - February 25, 2013

"... what we have enjoyed, we can never lose ... all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."
(Helen Keller) 

Today, my darling granddog Becky left this world, her mama and papa by her side.  She was at least fifteen  years old, a sweet, happy Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix. 

Janice (my daughter) and Alex adopted her from Vancouver Animal Shelter April 17th, 2008.  The shelter thought she was 10-12 years old at that time. My daughter chose April 1998 as her birthdate.

She  wore a beautiful smile, loved to play fetch, to run on the beaches.  She could be seen frequenting downtown Vancouver bistros, sitting quietly at sidewalk tables while her mama or papa sipped coffee.  She visited me on several occasions and always got along with whatever mix of animals were in my care. 

Becky had a wonderful life for the past five years, thanks to two young people who weren't afraid to adopt a senior dog and who believed in giving her the best life possible. She was very deeply loved and will be very much missed. 

Becky on the beach at Parksville

Her intense border-collie stare

Christmas at Grandma Jean's house, 2011

On the trails at Osborne Bay Park

Where else?  Crofton Sea Walk, of course!

"Grandma Jean got me my own flying squirrel!" 

You. Will. Feed. Me. Cookies.

On Saltspring Island

Run free, sweet Becky.   Hugs, Janice and Alex.  Her spirit is always with you.


georgia little pea said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Becky. Please pass along my sympathies to Janice and Alex. Looking at her smiley face, I think Becky was pretty pleased with her life, and I'm sure everyone, human and dog, got joy from the relationship. Too true, what Helen Keller wrote.

Hugs x

Dom said...

I'm so sorry. She was beautiful, with such soulful eyes.

EvenSong said...

Love the "It's MINE, and you can't have it" paw on the flying squirrel.
Such a sweet soul. I love her smile, but then I'm partial to that Aussie smile.
Hugs to all.

Cathy said...

Lovely tribute to a beautiful lucky dog.

Anonymous said...

Awww... She was so beautiful and well loved.
My condolences.

Mark & Del said...

To many beauty's have passed on this week already. Rainbow Bridge must have something special going on.
Our hearts go out to Janice and Alex and Grandma Jean. Gorgeous photos of a beautiful girl. We're so sorry to read this story but thank you so much for letting us know her through your stories.
Warm furry hugs. XOX Mark & Del and King, Princess MollyDawg and Lady May

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean, Sorry to hear about the passing of Becky. The pictures of Becky are great, and show such soulfull eyes. My condolences to you, and your family.


Anonymous said...

Jean I'm so sorry to hear about Becky. She was a beautiful lady and you and your family made her senior year very happy years. Please give my condolences to Janice and Alex, and to also. I know how fond you were of Becky.


Black Jack's Carol said...

I, too, am so sorry to hear the sad news about Becky, Jean. Please pass on my condolences to Janice and Alex. Becky was very fortunate to have ended up in their care, but I know if asked, they would say they were the lucky ones and I know their hearts are aching. May they find comfort in the good memories and in your beautiful tribute to sweet Becky.