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Nicki
13th December 2008, 10:37 PM
This is the hardest post I've ever had to write -

Our precious, gorgeous, wonderful Rupert was given his wings last night :(


Everyone who met him fell in love with him - he could be so naughty sometimes but that was all part of his charm

He has touched so many lives - it's all his fault that we fell in love with the breed :). He was our first Cavalier, and the only one we have had live with us from a tiny puppy.



His passing was very peaceful - he was ready to go - and although we would never have been ready to say goodbye, we know we did the right thing.


After the others had had the chance to say goodbye, we put him up on the chair in the sitting room. We didn't want to leave him on his own - or to sleep in the bedroom without him, so we pulled the sofa bed out and slept in here with him too

I just can't stop crying :(, it's not fair especially so soon after losing Kyla {the end of August} but I like to think that they are together again.

Rupert was 12 1/2 on Thursday - we are so lucky to have shared that many happy years together.


Please indulge me a few photos:

from our wee precious naughty puppy

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/Rupert/Rupert040404-25-52618.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/Rupert/Rupert040404-30-58622.jpg


He always had a sense of humour
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/Rupert/IMG_1165.jpg


Loved the snow
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/Rupert/Rupertadj074518.jpg

but wasn't impressed with the ice balls
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/Rupert/Rupertsnow_MG_1480.jpg

Hated bath time
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/Rupert/Rupert040404-12-26614.jpg

Could be well behaved on occasion
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/Rupert/Rupertbday.jpg

With his Mum when we went to visit - he was about 2
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/OurDogs/rupert30-1.jpg



We made some Christmas cards this year featuring this photo of Rupert

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v510/RupertsMum/Rupert/RupertChristmascard.jpg

karenc
13th December 2008, 10:47 PM
Ah Nicki, how sad I am to read of Ruperts passing. He was a bonnie lad and that Christmas card pic is just beautiful. It is never easy no matter how much time we have to prepare. I lost, as you , know my Kiki and Doogle within one day of each other and it broke my heart.

Rupert had a wonderful life with wonderful people in a super home. My heart goes out to you pet.
Take care and hugs for you all. Rupert sweetie... play happy at the Bridge with all our babes. Bless you.*ng*l

Davy
13th December 2008, 10:57 PM
Good night sweet Rupert, such a beautiful boy with such darling eyes

you still make me smile when your picture appears on my screen saver

hope to meet you on the other side one day

*Pauline*
13th December 2008, 10:59 PM
I'm so sorry Nicki. He really was the most beautiful boy. You are in my thoughts prayers and tears. :(

frecklesmom
13th December 2008, 11:09 PM
Rupert in his picture on the sand and the Christmas card appears to have that wonderful wisdom of the old but with a secret humor reserved for humans. The Card shows such an awesome Cavalier-so hard to part with his soul. He clearly imprinted your hearts and he has not left them. Would that words could ease your burden but know you gave him a beautiful life and a gentle passing.:flwr:

Elaine 2
14th December 2008, 01:15 AM
Oh Nicki I'm so sorry to hear you're heartbreaking news he's such a gorgeous boy, take care you're in my thoughts
Play happy Rupert in the beautiful sunshine at the bridge

cosmic81
14th December 2008, 02:24 AM
i am very sorry to hear this news. he was so deeply loved for his family. thank you for sharing his wonderful photos with us.

hbmama
14th December 2008, 06:33 AM
I am tearing up reading sweet Ruperts story in pictures. What a wonderful life he had with you, and you will carry those precious memories forever. :hug:

Mycavyangels
14th December 2008, 10:18 AM
Sooo sorry for your loss :(

merlinsmum
14th December 2008, 11:27 AM
Run free at the bridge Rupert, sweet boy.

Sending all our love at such a sad time to you and your family Nicki, bless you for the life you gave Rupert:paw:

pippa
14th December 2008, 12:27 PM
Nicki, I am so sad to hear of Ruperts passing.

I always loved hearing about him and seeing his pictures, he had such a beautiful face.

I am so sorry for your loss.


PS.I have taken the last picture of the christmas card to use as my desktop background, I hope you don't mind,it's such a beautiful picture.

Lisa_T
14th December 2008, 03:52 PM
Nicki, my heart sank when I saw the name 'Rupert' on the memorial thread and I realised it must be your boy.

My thoughts are with you.

HollyDolly
14th December 2008, 04:44 PM
So sorry for your loss of Rupert Nicki, my thoughts are with you and your family.

Mindysmom
14th December 2008, 04:55 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss Nicki. He was a beautiful boy.

ourempire
14th December 2008, 09:18 PM
My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. Rupert looked so handsome, I love the birthday pic of him, and I still remember the song you put with one of those pictures, something about teddy bears birthday party.
:hug: and :flwr: for you all.
Charlotte

Brian M
14th December 2008, 09:27 PM
OH Nikki

I have just pm you over something so trivial and now I read that how sorry we are he really was a beautiful boy you must be totally devestated, words cannot help but our thoughts are with you.

God Bless You
Brian:(

ttsabin
14th December 2008, 09:42 PM
hugs nicki,so sorry.
teresa

Lani
15th December 2008, 01:24 AM
I'm so sorry Nicki.

Rupert was obviously a very special Cavalier. I always saw that in every post you ever wrote about him and all his pictures.

I'm sure it is some consolation that you had so many years with him, but still devastating nonetheless. There are simply no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. :hug:

Claire L
15th December 2008, 09:17 AM
Oh my Lord! :cry*ing:I am lost for words here Nicki :hug:this is just terrible news. My heart aches for you and Trevor. I am so so sorry that you've lost your precious wee boy Rupert. Please know that you and Trevor are in my thoughts and prayers at this very, very sad time.

Run free at bridge Roops and give my girl a kiss from me.

sins
15th December 2008, 10:40 AM
I'm very sorry to hear this news.He obviously meant the world to you and you can be strong in the knowledge that he had a long and wonderful life with you.Hope you're feeling a bit better,it's always tough for a while after.
Sins

diddy
15th December 2008, 10:47 AM
Thinking of you at this very sad time. Rupert was much loved and knew it,and he'll take all those happy memories with him to The Bridge. Run free in the sun little one.

brid kenny
15th December 2008, 10:49 AM
So sorry for your loss. You gave him a wonderful,happy life.

Shivers
15th December 2008, 11:55 AM
So sorry for your loss, Nicki
Lots of love xxxx

misty
15th December 2008, 12:32 PM
Nicki, you know how I feel about Rupert, and you know I understand how you must be feeling :(.

Rupert was just one of those characters. We all had the pleasure of meeting him just last month and he was soooooo funny and determined to make the most of exploring our home!

It's a testament to Rupert's wonderful, funny nature that he could walk into a house, meet 7 strange cavaliers (we had Misty-foster at the time) and get straight on with being Rupert :).

Nicki, I firmly believe that Rupert and Cailean were destined to be together and I want to thank Rupert for walking ahead of Cailean, in readiness to meet him at the Bridge.

Rupert and Cailean are quite closely related (cousins of some sort), and so very very similar in their mischievous ways, so I can only imagine what fun they're having right now. :)

((( hugs, Nicki )))

Sandrac
15th December 2008, 12:32 PM
So sorry to hear that Rupert has been given his wings. Remember his memory will be in your heart forever. :hug::hug: to you all at this sad time.

Aileen
15th December 2008, 01:31 PM
So sorry
--Aileen and the gang(Barney---Jazzie---Jake)

amanda L
15th December 2008, 02:24 PM
Nicki, so sorry to hear about Rupert :flwr:, I loved seeing his birthday pics every year, he was one of my favourite cavaliers on cavaliertalk.
RIP little Rupert

murphy's mum
15th December 2008, 02:59 PM
Nicki, I'm very sorry:hug:

Those are really beautiful photo's of Rupert, what a handsome boy he was:flwr:

Phoebe
15th December 2008, 03:10 PM
I am so sad for you Nicki. Rupert's Christmas card photo is precious, there is something very spiritual about it, he really does look like an angel. I was fighting back tears as I scrolled through his photographs. I hope your sadness eases with time.:(

Margaret C
15th December 2008, 04:09 PM
I always called myself Rupert's Grandma.

He was one of my Monty's puppies, and I probably met him before Nicki did.
I remember going to see this really beautiful litter of puppies, in fact I was so impressed that I told my friend & she bought one of the bitch puppies.

Rupert was so like Monty in looks, and I think in personality. A cavalier with a sense of humour, a touch of naughtiness, a habit of emptying the wastepaper basket, and sometimes deciding to do just what he wanted, never mind what you said.

Wonderful, wonderful, loving pets & companions.

I had the pleasure of meeting dear Old Man Rupert again just a few weeks ago. He was still beautiful, such a credit to Nicki, who so cherished him.

No dog could have been more loved.

Margaret C

Nicki
15th December 2008, 04:59 PM
Thank you so much for your wonderful and kind words - I truly wish I could have shared Rupert with you all. He loved everyone he met, and was just such a funny, naughty, adorable character, as Margaret says - he caused chaos wherever he went!!

We were so lucky that Rupert was well when we visited with Grandma - he loved seeing you again and thank you for looking after us so well :flwr:

Rupert enjoyed visiting, as Fran said we had a trip to see her too, and were honoured to meet precious Cailean, who's now reunited with Rupert :(. Rupert caused chaos there, gave the poor cats a bit of a hard time - sorry about that :o :flwr: - but it was lovely to see him full of mischief!

No-one can ever replace him - he was a dog in a million - but we were blessed that he chose to spend his life with us. He has only ever known love - came from a wonderful breeder with whom I am still in contact - she still has a litter sister of his, having lost the other almost 6 months ago.

The other dogs are being wonderful - Cruz always knows when I'm upset and comes over for a cuddle. Teddy has taken it worst of everyone, he is very subdued and clingy, but we're having lots of cuddles too. Poor Teddy has actually started going grey since Rupert was ill :( - I think sometimes we don't realise the depth of feeling they have for each other. Teddy came to us 3 1/2 years ago {he's 5 now} and Rupert had always been here for him.

{Rupert went grey when he lost his beloved companion, Fillipa.}


I want to thank you all for all the posts and messages, and support you have shown for us over the last few weeks - it really does mean a lot to us, this is such a wonderful, caring community.

It is wonderful that you have enjoyed his photos and stories over the years, I hope to still post more photos of him, we have so many and are going through them and finding many that I would like to share with you all.

Nicki
15th December 2008, 05:04 PM
Nicki, I am so sad to hear of Ruperts passing.

I always loved hearing about him and seeing his pictures, he had such a beautiful face.

I am so sorry for your loss.


PS.I have taken the last picture of the christmas card to use as my desktop background, I hope you don't mind,it's such a beautiful picture.

I'm so pleased you like it Pippa. Of course I don't mind you using it - if you are able to, perhaps you could make a donation to the SM Cavalier Collection Scheme Fund? {If you PM Margaret C on the board, or e-mail mareve-ckcs@ntlworld.com for details}, That would be much appreciated. :thmbsup::flwr:

Arne
15th December 2008, 08:05 PM
I am so sorry to read this Nicki I am thinking of you. Run Free Rupert and play.

Nicki
15th December 2008, 08:36 PM
This is one of my favourite poems, by W H Auden - it sums up how I feel at present:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

pippa
15th December 2008, 09:23 PM
I'm so pleased you like it Pippa. Of course I don't mind you using it - if you are able to, perhaps you could make a donation to the SM Cavalier Collection Scheme Fund? {If you PM Margaret C on the board, or e-mail mareve-ckcs@ntlworld.com for details}, That would be much appreciated. :thmbsup::flwr:



I would be very pleased to do that Nicki:)

I will sort that out in the coming days.

Claire L
15th December 2008, 09:33 PM
This is one of my favourite poems, by W H Auden - it sums up how I feel at present:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

I recited that same poem over and over in my head when my Rudee went to the bridge :hug:

Chaos
15th December 2008, 10:23 PM
My love and thoughts are with you at this sad time - he was stunning!

Cathy Moon
16th December 2008, 02:14 AM
I'm very sorry for your loss of Rupert. He was such a beautiful, beautiful and very special boy. :hug: Thinking of you and Trevor. :flwr:

Thanks for sharing these lovely photos of him. I hope you'll share more photos and stories about him when you feel up to it. I loved the stories you've posted in the past, and I remember one where you took a photo of him sleeping between/behind the window draperies. :lotsaluv:

Ruth
16th December 2008, 06:54 PM
So very sorry to read about Rupert's loss. Run free as the wind

Linda
17th December 2008, 02:41 AM
Dear Nicki

I am so sorry to hear about Rupert crossing the Bridge, my heart aches for you and Trevor and the rest of your fur babies.

I have chills just thinking that Sweet Rupert is no longer with you, please have peace in your heart knowing that he is at peace. I will email you, I am so sorry. I will never ever forget that Regal gorgeous face, I still have the photo's of the birthday parties you had for them, he was so Regal.

May he run free, and smile down upon you Nicki for giving him a truly wonderful life.

Please, please hold Tedbear close to your heart for me and give him a ever so gentle cuddle from us here in Canada. My little firecracker Darby and myself hold a very special place for Tedbear within our hearts. I am so sorry to hear that he feels Ruperts pain. I am going to pull out the DVD you sent me of them all running freely on the beach, I will treasure that in my heart forever more.

I am so so so sorry Nicki.
I cannot imagine the pain you feel in your heart.:(

tara
17th December 2008, 03:44 AM
Nicki,

Thank you for sharing the photos and stories about Rupert. He sounds like a wonderful member of your family. Please forgive me if this sounds strange, but I can only hope to give our Holly the life Rupert had with you. To have enjoyed his spirit for 12.5 years is just wonderful -- I can only hope to be so lucky. Yet sharing his life for so long must also make his passing extremely difficult. The loss of a pet is such a personal, piercingly painful one. I'm sure your home feels very empty, even with other dogs around. Of course they are mourning now as well -- I believe animals have souls and the capacity to feel and emote as we do.

Thank you for being an example of what a true pet owner is: a loving, nurturing caregiver who finds the strength to let your best friend go in a peaceful, painfree, dignified manner. Rupert most certainly knew how much you loved him. May Rupert and you be an example to us all.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Tara

Shelli
17th December 2008, 12:13 PM
Nicki, I've just seen this now :(
So sorry to hear of Ruperts passing. Nothing I can say is going to make this any easier for you, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Take comfort in the the thought of Rupert and Kyla together again.
Run free at the bridge Rupert *ng*l

:hug::hug::hug:

cy1266
17th December 2008, 03:50 PM
I am so sorry to hear about Rupert, I know he was very special and you must miss him so much. He was so beautiful and regal looking, and I love the Christmas card picture; it's stunning. Give the other pups extra cuddles, they'll need them :flwr:

mjones5
18th December 2008, 05:46 AM
I am so sorry to read of your loss, and can tell how loved he is from the pictures you took. You will be in my prayers.

qwickkertje
18th December 2008, 09:45 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss.. Even though he had a nice life, it's always hard to say goodbye.. May he play at the rainbowbridge!

ice-cavi
18th December 2008, 12:24 PM
Rest in peace beautyful Rupert:flwr:

Love my Cavaliers
19th December 2008, 12:23 AM
Run free Rupert. Your family loves you. My heart aches for you Nicki.

pinkpuppy
19th December 2008, 02:55 AM
So sad to hear of Rupert's passing.

Cathy T
20th December 2008, 02:45 AM
I can't stop the tears. I've not been online since last week and to read these stories about Cailean, Rupert and Toby is just breaking my heart. 3 doggies so incredibly loved. I'm so so sorry for your loss Nicki. I hope you can feel my hugs.

Charleen
20th December 2008, 01:49 PM
I am so sorry to hear that you had to say goodbye to Rupert. :( He was a beautiful cavalier. Your tribute to him is very moving. What a precious boy he was. :lotsaluv:

ClareLovesCavvies
20th December 2008, 08:47 PM
I am so sorry, he was a very handsome little fellow (((hugs)))

brotymo
21st December 2008, 05:02 PM
Nicki,
So sorry about Rupert's passing. As you go thru this christmas season, I know it will be hard for you.
His photos are lovely and your Christmas card is a work of art. May your memories of him in time replace the tears you have now with smiles and laughter. Until then, hugs to you and your family in your time of grief.

cecily
4th January 2009, 10:04 AM
Oh Nicki, I'm so so sorry. I don't know how I missed this post :( I'm absolutely devastated for you. I know I'm rather late, but sending belated hugs and kisses to you, Trevor and your brood from me, Dougal and Dora xxxxx :flwr: