Here at Dogs Today, we love meeting and following the lives of dogs we’ve featured and that’s why it was with great sadness we learned of the passing of Bruce the Border Terrier on the 16th April 2017.
Bruce was around thirteen years of age having spent the first eleven of those years tied up in an open shed to deter foxes from farmland and thus exposed to the worst weather County Mayo could throw at him. Thankfully he was finally rescued from his neglect by Ireland’s North West SPCA and within a week he was on his way to a new life in Hautes-Pyrenees in the south-west of France.
He adored sitting in the sunshine in the company of his canine and feline friends, but above all it was the boundless affection of his owner he sought after most. He was very well up until a week or so ago but the first decade of his life probably took more of a toll on him than previously thought as he began to deteriorate ever so quickly.
His owner, Shelley Dunn, sat up with him throughout the night, cuddling him and nursing him before his final journey on earth. Bruce had kidney failure and sadly, nothing could be done for him. Now, having crossed the rainbow bridge, he has been peacefully laid to rest where the sun will always beat down on him.
The end of Bruce’s life was something he would never forget. Having never experienced the enjoyment of running free for so much of his life, he was then taken on a 1300-mile journey to his forever home which encompassed a trip to London followed by a journey across the channel to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower.
However, on his way to London Bruce made a quick pit stop here at Dogs Today. Fred Marden, Bruce’s short-term fosterer and keen terrier enthusiast headed south to our offices here in Surrey, where Bruce was showered with affection and treats before posing for photographs. Loaded up with enough reading material to last the journey, the pair hit the road again and headed to the coast.
By the time they reached Paris, Bruce had developed quite a name for himself with Facebook followers hooked on Fred’s updates written from Bruce’s perspective! After 54 hours of patient travelling, Bruce finally reached his destination where he would live out the rest of his days happily in the company of five other rescue dogs, namely Santa, Buddy, Belle, Charly and Sage.
Bruce’s ultimate prize was finding his truly loving forever home – something he’d never dreamed of a week before. Bruce was a loving dog, kind, tender – sometimes naughty – he was amazing in every way. He had a wider purpose, a legacy, a profound message of the power of love over negativity. He had every reason to hate humans for what humankind had done to him. Instead, he sensed love intuitively and instantly returned it warmly and unconditionally.
Thank you for loving Bruce, and following his journey.
Bruce. You bought so much joy. You will be missed forever.
Bruce’s purpose, in part, was to promote the wonderful work done by the NWSPCA, especially to highlight the joy of rescuing a senior dog. To find out more click here.
Images courtesy of Facebook (Bruce the Border Terrier)