My Family & Other Animals

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

"Thank You For Being A Friend..."

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you tonight. My sister (Lorraine - Check her out here) had to say goodbye to her trusted and faithful friend, her 'Big Boy' Bailey, her beautiful German Shepherd.
He was quite old and was finding it difficult to walk and taken along with his other ailments Lorraine had to make the most heart-breaking decision any one of us who owns a pet will know, that of deciding whether their needs be met or that of keeping them with us 'just a little bit longer...'
Bailey was massive, he had huge paws and the biggest ears I have ever seen on any dog. He was a nightmare to take out because he hated cats with a passion and if he saw another dog, well let's just say that Lorraine couldn't hold him back when he decided to go for it! He had one of the loudest barks, it was full and loud, deep from within his chest and he would bark at you for quite a while, even after you had entered his territory and her was quite confident he knew who you were, he just wanted to be heard was all!!
But the thing that I loved about him the most was his gentleness, for such a huge presence he would just sit down next to you and let you scratch his neck until one of you got bored (usually me first!), he looked at you with his beautiful big brown eyes and he had the look of a dog who had lived several lifetimes already. He took care of both my Sister and my Mother (who lives with Lorraine) and while he was in their home I never had to worry about them, you just knew they were safe with him looking out for them.
For those of you out there who don't own pets then I guess you will never understand just how much they mean to us, sometimes not even our own pets have a massive impact on your life. Non-pet owners will roll their eyes and look exasperated but if you only knew just how much they gave us, in terms of love and loyalty you wouldn't think we were being 'soppy' at all.
So to all of us who have lost a beloved pet, rest assured they will see us again and I personally can't wait for one more scratch behind the ear of a dear friend.
Rest in Peace,
Bailey Robertson.
x o x o

As for today's card, it's a White on White and suitable for many occasions (wedding, birthday etc), I can't think of anything else to say about it and to be honest with you I'm not sure I even want to today,
I will be back on Sunday though with some brand-fire new Kenny K news to share with you,
Take Care,
Hugs 'n Stuff
Entered Into:
Creatalicious Challenges #56 - Wedding Day
House of Gilli Challenge - Thanks + Anything Goes
Just for Fun October Challenge - Buttons & Bows
Ladybug Crafts October Challenge - Halloween and/or Use Die-Cuts
The Crafting Café Challenge - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenge #108 - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges #21 - Anything Goes Blogaversary
Everybody-Art Challenge #249 - Ribbon
Sweet Stamps Challenge #139 - Anything Goes/Centre Step Card
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #63 - Anything Goes


  1. This is a stunning card Andrew and thank you for those lovely words about Bailey. You got him bang to rights. It's bloody awful here without him. xxx

    1. Lorraine, so sorry for your loss! (((Hugs))) xx

  2. Oh my goodnes Andy that brough a tear to my eye soooo sorry for your familys loss - I would be absolutely heartbroken if anything happened to my Milly. Your furry friends however big or small bring you the unconditional love that non-pet owners would never understand. Much love to you all especially your sister xxx
    beautiful card as always my crafting friend xx

  3. What a lovely card, perfect for our challenge over at just for fun.
    Lovely words about your sisters dog, and I am so sorry for all of you it is so hard when you loose a much loved pet. Sending hugs to you all.
    Crafty Hugs
    Kelly- DT

  4. Andy, your card is stunning! Your words about Lorraine's dog are beautiful too! I had to let my cat go earlier this year & although it's hard, you know you're doing the right thing!
    Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe this time!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  5. A fabulous card, for what is a very sad occasion. Thank you for joining in the Just for Fun Challenge, good luck

  6. What a gorgeous, elegant and delicate card. I love white on white and this is a perfect example! The layout is great, so much texture and detailing in the layers and elements

    Thank you so much for making such an effort to enter our October Challenge 'Buttons & Bows' over on the Just For Fun Challenge Blog.

    We offer monthly challenges with start of the month and mid month inspirational posts from the Design Team.

    We hope you will join us for more of our challenges in the future.

    <3 & hugs
    Lisa xxxx JFF DT Member

  7. So sorry for the loss of your sister's beloved Baily. Your card is just gorgeous! Love the white on white! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps this week for Challenge #139. ~Donna K

  8. What a gorgeous card and love your design..Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine Challenge this week and hoping you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x
    Beautiful post, I feel for you all as im dreading the day when our Nin leaves us x

  9. thank you for your very interesting and creative blog

  10. Wow wow wow I just love this creation of yours! It is fantastic! The white on white and all the lovely dies!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Good luck and hope to see you soon back again!!!!
    Crafty Hugs

  11. Andy, so very sorry about the loss of Lorraine's dog, Bailey. Your words are a wonderful tribute to him. He was obviously very loved and loving. It is so hard to lose our furry family members. Hopefully time will help ease the sadness of his being gone. BTW, your card is gorgeous! Very elegant design!

  12. What a gorgeous card. I love the white on white embossing.Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Bearly Mine Anything Goes challenge.

    Sharon x

  13. A lovely white creation, thanks for joining us over at the crafting cafe this month. Also I'm so sorry to hear about your sisters dog - it really is like losing a member of the family. Claire x


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