May 12, 1999 to July 8, 2013
As I reported in an earlier post, we almost lost Pompey a few short months ago. We were fortunate that we didn't, though, and the time we had with him since then allowed us to cherish him all the more, loving him every moment we were blessed with his company until it came time for us to say our final goodbye.
|At the kitchen door at Darlington|
Funny, faithful, and loving, Pompey was all that I could have ever hoped for in what I truly believe is "man's best friend." He certainly was mine. I did adore him so.
|In my arms on Nantucket|
I fell in love with Pompey the day we brought him home to Darlington House as a wee puppy, fourteen years ago. I've been besotted with him ever since. So good natured, so friendly, such a fond companion Pompey was. I called him my "little one" and my "little man." Boy called him his "sweet familiar," a name that always made me smile.
|Snug in his bed at Darlington|
I knew that when we retrieved Pompey from the animal hospital after his scare in May that we had him on borrowed time. Although enfeebled by his ordeal, Pompey rallied over the ensuing weeks, and there were times when he almost resembled his old playful, darling self. A week before he died, though, he started to decline, and it became clear to Boy and me—at first individually and then acknowledged between the two of us—that our sweet fellow was beginning to check out. The evening before he died Pompey went into a spiral, and no amount of painkiller medicine that I administered to him was able to alleviate his suffering over a long and sleepless night. Poor, dear little man.
By four in the morning I knew that his time was up.
|In a pensive mood|
I woke Boy, and the two of us got out of bed with Pompey and carried him downstairs. We took him out to our screened porch, where the three of us had spent many happy times over the years. We waited there together as the dawn broke, Pompey lying on the sofa between the two of us, breathing slowly. A calm settled on us as we sat there quietly, our little family close together for the last time, listening to the sounds of the birds waking and calling their early morning songs.
|Happy as a clam with Boy on Nantucket|
I telephoned the vet's office as soon as it opened, and arranged to bring Pompey in later that morning. His end was merciful and swift, and Pompey died with dignity, sheltered in the embrace of those who adored him most, bathed in our tears and love.
I shall miss my dear sweet darling for the rest of my days.
|At the Four Seasons in Baltimore|
|On our bed at Darlington|
Thank you, dear Pompey, for all the joy, laughter, affection, and fun you brought to me and to those who loved you over the years. You were a very special, very much loved friend.
May you rest in peace, dear little one. I will always love you.
Photographs by Boy Fenwick and Reggie Darling