Two successes and an RIP

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 27 June 2012 | 14 Comments


I have been meaning to write in to let you know how two of your former residents settled in to our family but I never seemed to get around to it... so here it is, some years late! I have made up a bit of a montage of pictures so I hope these come through alright.


On Valentine's Day 2009 my three kids and I came to adopt a dog, having lost our old dog (another ex-resident of yours) a year or so earlier. We were told that 'Frodo,' a beautiful brindle Staffy, was the only dog currently in the refuge at that time who was guaranteed good with kids. I wasn't convinced I wanted him, becuase he reminded me so much of our other dog who I loved so much, and I thought I would make unfair comparisons. So I said we would sleep on it and started to drive us home. Well, luckily my eldest daughter recognised his greatness and began at me with a list of reasons why we should have him, which was so successful I turned around half-way home, and came all the way back to get him. We re-named him Mojo which seemed to suit him much better, and he became a precious member of our family right from the get-go. He was a loving, friendly, boofy mate for the kids, very gentle and tolerant of their 'tough love'; and he was a loyal friend to me. We all loved him very much, and so we were very worried when he seemed to be getting more and more anxious and clingy, about 18 months after he'd come to live with us.


After a bit of Google research, I decided he needed another doggy friend to share the family with, and so after a chat with the Refuge's foster carer Ruth we all came to meet 'Minnie', a 6 month old Jack Russell cross who'd been found injured with a damaged leg. Mojo loved her as soon as he met her, and within 5 minutes of meeting each other they were playing together like old friends. I could not believe she was still available, as she was such a fabulous little dog, and was told that because she had an injury people would think she would be too high maintenance. We had no hesitations, and took her home that day. We re-named her Lily and she hit our lives like a mini rocket! She dragged Mojo right out of his anxiety and forced him to start enjoying himself, and she made instant friends with absolutely everyone who had anything to do with us. She still makes new friends every time we go anywhere; and she is such a happy little girl who has filled our lives with fun. For the record, her damaged leg has given her no trouble at all and it definately does not slow her down!


Mojo and Lily became great friends and were the perfect compliment to each other: Mojo the calm, dependable, loving type, against Lily's exuberant, excitable, fun-time girl. They played for hours together every day, and not once have they ever had a fight. They drew compliments everywhere we went; and I believed I had the best pair of dogs anyone could ever have.

Then about 4 weeks ago, Mojo started to get sick. He went off his food, didn't play so much, and started to slow down. We headed off to the vet's where he had a series of tests, x-rays, medications and treatments. Unfortunately none of this could fix the cancer that he had, and last week my beautiful, beautiful boy died - very peacefully and happily in my arms. It is so sad, but my only regret is that my family and I didn't get to spend longer with this amazing dog. He truly was my Valentine, as not one single day went past that he didn't let me know how much he loved me.


Lily and the kids and I are adjusting to life without Mojo, and even though the kids want to get another doggy friend for Lily straight away I will wait a while to let our hearts heal. But rest assured that when we do feel the time is right, we will be paying another visit to the Dog's Home, because as far as I'm concerned the dogs that come from you are the best dogs anyone could ever want :)

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  • We know exactly what you\'\'re going through after losing our believed 11 year old border collie cross to cancer. It will be tough but try and focus on the good times. Time does heal but mojo will stay in your hearts forever.

    Posted by Lisa, 06/07/2012 12:15am (6 years ago)

  • Wow, what a gift it is to give a dog a beautiful home. And what a gift their love is in return. Your story brought tears to my eyes. Mojo sounds like such a sweetheart, I understand how much you will all miss him. RIP Mojo x

    Posted by Kristan, 02/07/2012 4:54pm (6 years ago)

  • I am sure your lovely Mojo knew how much
    he was loved, keep hold of the special
    memories and give extra care to Lily who is
    missing her best friend. You are a lovely
    family :)

    Posted by shan, 29/06/2012 10:53pm (6 years ago)

  • I have tears in my eyes reading this story and know how upset you must feel. At least he had his last few years in true happiness with very special people who gave him a wonderful home. All the best to you.

    Posted by Sue, 29/06/2012 7:14pm (6 years ago)

  • What a beautiful story. I have a 9yr old Boxer named Tinkerbell and I love her more than anything in the world. She has been there to lick the tears off my face when my depression has been bad and when I was pregnant as a single Mum. The day she leaves me will break my heart and sometimes I wish we would go together. She is the one thing that gives me light at the end of the tunnel. I wish you all the love to heal your hurt and I hope you find a new friend for Lily. x

    Posted by Jenny Camilleri, 29/06/2012 12:45am (6 years ago)

  • Thankyou for sharing that wonderful story of unconditional love. Im sure Mojo is sleeping peacefully. RIP beautiful boy.

    Posted by Gail , 28/06/2012 11:55pm (6 years ago)

  • How wonderful that Mojo go to spend the last part of his precious life with your family who loved him very much. RIP Mojo

    Posted by lynda, 28/06/2012 7:35pm (6 years ago)

  • Oh no, sending hugs to you. How sad, but on the other hand so nice that Mojo had a beautiful loving family and best mate and you all have memories of him :) x Deb

    Posted by Deb, 28/06/2012 7:09pm (6 years ago)

  • It was obvious from the start where this story was going, but I had to read on anyway, and yes, have a little cry at the end. Just lovely. To your family, be a bit sad that he's gone, but focus mainly on the love and joy you got from having him in the first place ... you wont ever replace him, but you will again fill that special place in your home that needs the unconditional love only a (fury family member can give. xx

    Posted by Tracey, 28/06/2012 6:53pm (6 years ago)

  • Bless you -What a wonderful tribute to Mojo, your wonderful friend and companion and story of your rescue dogs. It is always hard to lose a beloved pet. Thank you fro writing in.

    Posted by Ali, 28/06/2012 6:27pm (6 years ago)

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