Monday, 15 August 2011


Today has been just one of those days. Poor old Jaz has been unwell with an ear infection and after spending most of the weekend in bed I took her into the Doctor first thing this morning. She received reassurance that her upset balance and nausea was not a result of her brain tumour but more likely to be an infection deep in the ear. We both automatically feared the worst! But thankfully it was all quite normal and she has since spent the rest of the day asleep in bed.

To say that we are both a little hypersensitive would be an understatement!

Jaz did mention last Thursday  that our lovely boy Tyson was ill. Well after a long battle he was put to sleep this afternoon as his kidneys were showing no sign of recovery.  It was an incredibly hard decision to make but Im thankful I was there to comfort him during the end.

Tyson and Lucy about 12 months old
Tyson helping Jaz hang out the washing - 12-24 months old
Jaz and I adopted Tyson and Lucy about 15 years ago, well before kids so we are both very fond of them. They have been through numerous flats, houses and even a relocation from Christchurch to Auckland. Not forgetting the girls Tyson and Lucy have always been there sharing the couch, cot or bed.

The girls and I went and spent some time with Tyson before he had to leave us. The big fella was so pleased to see us and managed a good strong purr appreciating all the love we could give him. I wanted to thank the team at the Whangapararoa Vet Clinic for the love care and empathy shown through Tysons stay.

Here are some of the pics I took of our last visit with Tyson
Caitlin and Tyson

Phoebe and Molly - Phoebe and Tyson had a love hate relationship!

But regardless of their differences he was still pleased to see her

Good bye to a good mate


  1. Glad to hear that Jaz's ok. I hope she recovers from the infection quickly.

    I was sorry to read about Tyson. It brought back memories. You'll have so many memories too.

  2. Aww sorry to hear about your beloved Tyson Mark. My heart goes out to you and the family. I just had to make that decision a little over a month ago... To put down my dog who had an aggressive cancer that took over her really fast. She was 13 and I'd had her since she was a pup. So I completely understand. :( thinking of you guys! <3

  3. Oops... From Jen. <3

  4. After finding all that stuff to send to you about helping children with grief ( although they look ok in the pictures...). both Scott and I were blubbering over watching The Rainbow Bridge...

    Darling Tyson. He will be missed... by Lucy particularly!
    Hope Jaz feels a bit better already after her sleep

  5. Oh Mark. What a sad day! We too said goodbye to our old Golden Retriever Oscar, aged almost 16. Very hard to see them go.