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Tess my little girl passed away on remembrance day 11/11/2007 here in Australia.

The story goes…..i knew her time was becoming full circle as she was 16 years old now and constantly watched by me, because i dreaded the day that i would have to face this situation.

I noticed Tess sitting on the rear decking using the brick wall as a support to keep herself upright and from from falling, i called to her, but deafness had stepped in its about now i realize, her organs are failing,even her sight had deteriorated dramatically in a very small space of time, so i called my wife who works at an aged care nursing home telling her i think we are loosing Tessy,my wife asked me to take her up to see her,as i knew this was for a final good-bye,i carried Tess and entered the dwelling,my wife was just starting to play the ‘’ last post ’’ for the elderly residents.a ritual carried out on this special day to remember those whom had fallen,at the end of the tune,i picked up Tess and she gave a yelp,so i promptly put her down,i nursed her and tried to comfort her and at that very moment i said to her …‘’ its OK to go’’ with that she looked up at me,as if she were asking …are you coming too. i said one day, It was the last time we both made eye contact.
she died straight after the last post was played…..a real trooper.

How fitting and for an old girl to die at the end of the ‘’last post ’’ and in a nursing home.

Tess was cremated and placed within a small beautifully carved box and engraved with name and dates, where she sits now in our lounge room.

I never had a friend in life, like Tess was to me. ‘’ does anyone ’’

Well over 24 months has passed now, and on the approach of this day 11TH November of your anniversary Tess, i can vouch for the fact that time does ’’NOT’’ heal. and my promise to you is that your ash’s be planted with me,when my turn comes !!

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  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkalmost 7 years ago

    so sad about your loss Michael, their lives are shorter than ours but they give out so much to humans which could last for a hundred years or so. She had 16 years (112 in human terms). I bet she gave you and your family so much. How appropriate she passed away on Remembrance Day.

  • KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley
    KeepsakesPhoto...almost 7 years ago

    thanks chris,appreciate your thoughts,it near killed me to put this up.

  • Holly Kempe
    Holly Kempealmost 7 years ago

    A beautiful tribute to your little girl Michael…..something to remember her by always…..
    (a member of our family died last week too….our 18yo cat Sooty….I know your pain….)

  • Tammy Soulliere
    Tammy Soullierealmost 7 years ago

    Aww shes a bueati\y.. I feel your pain my lil Kitty passed 2 days before my b-day.. Very Difficult maybe someday i can face up and put what pic I have of her up!! Hugssss

  • SnapHappy
    SnapHappyalmost 7 years ago

    bless her heart, what a beauty….I know you gave her a great life, thanks for sharing her photo

  • KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley
    KeepsakesPhoto...almost 7 years ago

    thanks tammy and snaphappy appreciate your thoughts.

  • Peter Rowley
    Peter Rowleyalmost 7 years ago

    Hi Mike,beautiful photo,and you know my own little treasure is so much like her,you have seen her photo,I just wish everybody in this world thought of animals as we do.Great shots your insects…..Pete.

  • KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley
    KeepsakesPhoto...almost 7 years ago

    oh thanks pete

  • the6tees
    the6teesover 6 years ago

    OMG this made me cry so much, what a gorgeous girl. TESS was.
    So sorry, but you will allways have her in your memory, i know i lost my old boy TROY.
    He was almost 17 years old.

  • KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley
    KeepsakesPhoto...over 6 years ago

    aw thanks so much, yes my tess was 16 years. miss her madly but in my profile you can see the group i have mollie,belle,and allie and of course oscar . if i didn’t have these guy’s i honestly dont know where i would be. they are my very very best freinds ever.
    thanks again.

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