Each one should add their thoughts, stories, prayers or rememberances of Paddy here. I hope Nance and Tudor will print it out and always know how much we love them and dear, noble Paddy. I'm adding the Passing of the Noble One thread to this so it will all be in one place.
THE PASSING OF THE NOBLE ONE
The sound was the most horrible that was ever heard at the Cafe and all of Lab Land. It echoed off the mountains and around the valley. No one could tell where it began or where it ended. It drew all the dogs and their masters out into the valley. Suddenly from the edge of the forest came Earth, Wind and Fire. They walked with heads bowed, and sorrow emitting from their whole beings. They stopped. They raised their heads in unison and howled as if they had lost their souls. Just then the Noble Thor stepped from the woods. Buddy, Ruger, Tundra and the others ran forward to meet the little band.
"What's wrong, Wind?" asked Buddy in a very scared voice. Wind couldn't answer for the tears streaming down her face. Then Thor spoke to the group that had gathered.
"My dearest friends. Today is a very sad day in Lab Land. Not since the passing of Thor Boomer have we seen this depth of sorrow. Today, Earth, Wind, Fire and I escorted our most noble and gentle Paddy to the edge of the enchanted mountains where the Rainbow Bow bridge lies. He was called to join the others that have passed over the bridge. We were chosen to walk the last walk with him. We could not go all the way to the bridge, but we know that he was met by Thor Boomer and all the others that have gone before him. We must all one day cross the Rainbow Bridge. We will mourn for the loss of this noble friend, but we will celebrate his life of nobleness, gentleness and devotion to one and all here in Lab Land. Paddy was the proprietor of our beloved Laid Back Lab Pub and later our Lab Cafe. It was a hard job at times. He always showed the greatest strength and kindness when dealing with anyone that entered the door of his establishment.
Paddy wants the Cafe to continue to operate, if it's ok with his owner. He has asked that our Beloved Buddy be named as the new proprietor. Buddy, will you accept the position," asked Thor?
"I can not fill the paws of our Noble Paddy," said Buddy.
"I will try to do my best to earn this right that Paddy has bestowed on me. I request the premission of Paddy's owner and our beloved Nance before I will assume this position. Nance, I will do my best to uphold the high standards that Paddy set for the Pub, and later the Cafe. Do I have your permission to accept this honor," requested Buddy?
Thor spoke up, "We will have a eulogy for Paddy tomorrow night by the river. It will be followed by the ceremonial burning of the funeral pyre. Everyone in Lab Land is invited to share a story or blessing for Paddy's owners, Nance and Tudor. This will take place in the Rainbow Bridge section.
"The Cafe will be closed until after the time of the ceremony in honor of Paddy," said Buddy.
God bless you and all that you have meant to the dogs and their masters here in Just Labrador Land. You will be terribly miss. As the Tinman said in The Wizard of Oz, now I know I have a heart because it breaking."
MAY THE SHAMROCKS FALL SOFTLY
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE
The sound of the gong brought everyone out of the houses and toward the River. Earth, Wind and Fire led the procession followed by Buddy, Ruger and Tundra. All the Labs and owners gathered around the place that Thor had designated by the river. With each blow from Thor the gong would ring out across the valley and through the woods. It was a very sorrowful sound. Eleven times he struck the gong. One for each year of Paddy's life.
"Dear Friends, we are here to pay our respects to the Noble Paddy, proprietor of our beloved Laid Back Lab Pub and more recently the Lab Cafe. Paddy was the perfect role model for our young trio, Earth, Wind and Fire. He took them under his paw and taught them so much. He loved each of the Labs in Lab Land. He played no favorites when dealing with any Lab. He loved each one and they loved him," said Thor.
"Buddy, will you, Ruger and Tundra please do us the honor of loosing the ropes on the funeral pyre and fire the blaze?"
"We would be honored to, Noble Thor," said Buddy.
"Come, brothers. Let us each loose a rope and guide the vessel into the middle of the river."
"Ruger, will you get the torch. Tundra and I will hold the vessel." Ruger started toward the shore. Earth, Wind, and Fire brought the torch out to Ruger. He gently took it from them and returned to the vessel. With Buddy and Tundra looking on, Ruger set the kindling on the vessel on fire. Then all three of them pushed the vessel into the main stream. The water rose gently around the sides of the burning pyre and pushed it up stream against the normal flow of the river toward the Mystic Mountain. All the dogs and their owners rushed along the shore to accompany the vessel on its journey. As the burning pyre passed each Lab, they noblely bowed to honor the beloved Paddy as his spirit took its last journey.
Finally, everyone returned to the fire. Thor then instructed each owner to write a rememberance of some kind to Nance and Tudor.........
Eiderdowns That's My Buddy
CDX, RE, WC, CGC, TDInc.
Nance, you were one of the 1st to extend a welcome to me when I joined Just Labradors so many years ago. I loved your stories about Paddy. I really loved the picture of him as a puppy with the plastic bag. That picture reminded me so much of Buddy. Buddy and Paddy. It was at that moment that they became inseparable to me. I loved Paddy's nobleness. When you made up the Laid Back Lab Pub, I was right there. I loved the stories. I love the pictures of the places in LBL Land. But mostly, I loved Paddy as the noble proprietor of the LBL Pub. I love Earth, Wind, and Fire. It was only fitting to me that Paddy's end should come in LBL Land. He's at the bridge now with Thor Boomer and the others that we've written about through the years. Thank you for sharing Paddy with all of us at JL. I will truly miss him like I could miss no other dog. Please remember that you and Tudor are in my constant prayers. God will see you through this dark time, if you let him.
Always remember, the very best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master. I might not be his master, but Paddy is buried in my heart forever and forever. God bless you both.
Eiderdowns That's My Buddy
CDX, RE, WC, CGC, TDInc.
Nance and Tud,
Although I don't post very often, I have been a member of this forum for several years. One of my first memories is reading about your Paddy. Nance your posts are always so well written, but my favorite story is the one about the day that Paddy come to live with the two of you. I also have to say to you, Tud, that some of my all time favorite pictures posted on this forum were ones that you took of Paddy. He truly did have a noble bearing and you captured that with your camera.
These wonderful labs-they steal your heart and in return they give you more love than you could ever imagine. Paddy knew how much you loved him and I know that he will always be in your hearts. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts.
When we lost our first lab in 2001, someone gave me a copy of a column that Lewis Grizzard wrote when he lost his lab, Catfish. I have pasted part of it below because I think it expresses how we all feel about our labs.
"Oh, that face and those eyes. What he could do to me with that face and those eyes. He would perch himself next to me on the sofa in the living room and look at me.
And love and loyalty would pour out with that look, and as long as I had that, there was very little the human race could do to harm my self-esteem.
Good dogs don't love bad people.
He was smart. He was fun. And he loved to ride in cars. There were times he was all that I had.
And now he has up and died. My own heart, or what is left of it, is breaking."
Godspeed Noble Paddy.
Nance and Tud
You always included me in your good thoughts and well wishes. You are my fellow Kirkwoodian and I can not express to you what it has meant to me. But most of all, it is your stories, conversation between your brood, that make you one special woman, who happens to be married to one special man. From the two of you, you have created the most unique place for a Lab to Live. The Wooserie, I hope I spelled that right! Paddy, wasn't only a Noble Lab, he was from royalty. He had such a Regal pose, you just couldn't resist but to smile. He put up with so much, bring one brother Seamus, then Flynn to the pact. Let alone, having to deal with the Dardog and Meg. Then there was Scamp. I hope I included all, oh wait, Rusty too. But through it all he retained the stature that only Paddy could.
This is all attributed to the Love that You and Tud have for all living creatures, not just the four legged ones, But all of us at Just labs. We are a family!!! Thank You so much for sharing Paddy and the rest of your family with all of us.
He will never be forgotten. He is in my heart, just as my Labs are. Every once and awhile this happens that someone who crosses your path is with you for all time. That is You, Tud and Paddy.
You are and will always be a special person to me Nance. Someday we will meet, but till then Know that I Admire and Love You. Hugs to ALL!!!
Zack & Belle
Ginny (Mom to Zack & Belle)<br /><br />
Nance, First, thank you for sharing your beloved Paddy with all of us. Through your words, I have been to the Wooserie and watched Paddy lift his noble head to supervise the activities of the beags, Meg and Dardog, and the conversations of Seamus and Flynn. Everything you ever wrote about Paddy made it so very obvious what a much loved and wonderful family member he was. I too love the story of the first meeting of Paddy and Tudor. I hope you will continue to share your tales of Paddy's wise and noble life, as you are able. Keeping you and Tud in my thoughts and prayers.
'Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that 'he was'
<br /><br />Tess, Jazzy and the beags, Ted and Phoebe
Nance, I have only been here for about 2 yrs. but I remember the "Paddy" stories! What a special boy he was! I thank you for always being welcoming to me. Sending me an e-mail to help me get back on JL, just a couple of days ago, when I know you had so much on your mind! What a kind person you are, and I am so sorry your heart is so heavy with loss of your wonderful friend and family member Paddy! Thanks for sharing him, so sorry it had to end way to soon!! Di
Really dont know what to say except rest in peace dear Paddy. Run like your a pup again in that meadow! Nance and Tud i am so sorry for your loss and really cannot imagine waht your going through. Thinking of you all
Karen and Alfie x
Nance and Tud, I swore I wouldn't sign in here again, but today I will leave my anger behind and rise above it to tell you how sorry I am. We never have the ones we love long enough. Time heals all wounds, some take longer than others. I hope you find comfort in the sweet memories of Paddy knowing that he his whole again and pain free.
Run with the wind Paddy, you are in good company with all of our loved ones that have gone on ahead.
Nance and Tudor, and all in the Wooserie House... Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and have our deepest and most sincere condolences on your great loss.
~Jo & CoCo
Nance and Tud,
I'm not a heavy poster, but have been a member of the forum for over four years. I have always enjoyed reading your posts about Paddy. It's funny how much it seems that I know about a beloved dog that I never met in person.
I want you to know that you have my deepest sympathy during this very difficult time.
Run free, Paddy.
Sue & Snicks in New Hampshire
"I got the ball Mom....!!!"