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Today we bid farewell to our Old Man, Sebastian Aloysius Symington Smythe, (race name: Blantyre; earmark: 57C-65444), whelped 7 May 1997 by Greys Fifth Gear out of Lutharia. He was damn near 15 years old, a lovely, loving hound who chattered like a wooden box full of castanets falling down a stairwell. His health failing, unable to rise on his own or walk more than a few steps, it was time for him to run free. Below is a photo from four or five years ago.


Requiescat in pace, Your Majesty. You were my friend, and I'll miss you terribly.



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What a gorgeous boy and I love his name. They are never around long enough. When the soft spring wind blows through the trees, remember your "Old Man" will forever be the wind beneath your wings.

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Thank you, Maloy.


The name came about in a funny way. He came to us aged 7-8, and his previous adopters had named him "Blade". There was nothing - NOTHING - blade-like about him; he was indubitably not the sharpest knife in the drawer. :lol Clever in his own way, of course, and as manipulative as they come, but "Blade"? Nope. He never even answered to "Blade".


So we cast about for names that fit him better. He had an overbite, and when he perked up his ears went out in a hysterical way; he reminded us of nothing more than one of Bertie Wooster's fellow Drones Club members (from the P G Wodehouse canon). We ran a bunch of names through the Wodehouse filter, as well as some old Avengers characters, and then it hit me: When I was born, my mother's younger sister tried to talk my parents into naming me Sebastian Aloysius. We tried calling him by "Sebastian", and he came pelting right over. Thus: Sebastian Aloysius Symington Smythe.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Wow, 15 yrs old what a wonderful age he made it to, though I know that doesn't make his leaving any easier. My boy JJ an dthe girls will be there to meet him at the Bridge so they can all romp together forever young now.

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I'm so sorry that you lost your boy. He sounds like a wonderful guy. We lost our first at 15, and having her that long still wasn't enough time with her.

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at the bridge Molly (CM Blondie) 9/8/14, Maddy (Reuniting) 10/17/13, Rocky (Ranco Popeye) 1/7/12, Mimi (Flying Ringneck) 8/13/09 and RJ (RJ What For) 5/3/05

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You gave Sebastian a great name and a wonderful home! I'm very sorry he had to leave.


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Mary with Jumper Jack (2/17/11) and angels Shane (PA's Busta Rime, 12/10/02 - 10/14/16) and Spencer (Dutch Laser, 11/25/00 - 3/29/13).

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I am so sorry for the loss of your handsome Sebastian.


Rita, mom to Dakota (Dakotas Dream) & Wish (Kiowa Wish Wish) and my angels

Toby (Sol Marcus) and Robin (Greys Robin Hood)

Forever missing our beloved Robin and Toby

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France

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What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful grey faced boy. I'm so sorry for your loss. :grouphug


Godspeed Sebastian, the boy with the magical name. :gh_run

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Surely G-d blessed you with this boy who lived to be almost 15 years old.


I am sorry for your loss of such a special boy.

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Adding my condolences on the loss of your handsome boy. It sounds like he had a greyt life with you.

Mary, mom to kitty Rebel.
Always missing Sherri (SO DELICIOUS) (12/6/2005-8/29/2018) kitties Marley (4/2000-12/3/2015) and Beady (4/1998-2/24/2006) and Dalmatian Daisy (7/25/1984-5/13/1999).

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and give to those who would not - Thomas Jefferson

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I'm so very sorry. :cry1 They never last long enough, do they?


Godspeed Sebastian.

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Missing Cora (RL Nevada 5/99-10/09), Piper (Cee Bar Easy 2/99-1/10), Tally (Thunder La La 9/99-3/10), Edie (Daring Reva 9/99-10/12), Dixie (Kiowa Secret Sue 11/01-1/13), Jessie (P's Real Time 11/98-3/13), token boy Graham (Zydeco Dancer 9/00-5/13), Cal (Back Already 12/99-11/13), Betsy (Back Kick Beth 11/98-12/13), Standard Poodles Minnie (1/99-1/14) + Perry (9/98-2/14), Annie (Do Marcia 9/03-10/14), Pink (Miss Pinky Baker 1/02-6/15), Poppy (Cmon Err Not 8/05-1/16), Kat (Jax Candy 5/05-5/17), Ivy (Jax Isis 10/07-7/21), Hildy (Braska Hildy 7/10-12/22), Opal (Jax Opal 7/08-4/23)

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I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful boy he was & obviously so well loved & understood. smile.gif He was a very lucky boy. Godspeed Sebastian!flowers_yellow.gif


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I am so sorry for your loss of Sebastian. He sounds like he had a long and wonderful life with you.

Jan with precious pups Emmy (Stormin J Flag) and Simon (Nitro Si). Missing my angels: Bailey Buffetbobleclair 11/11/98-17/12/09; Ben Task Rapid Wave 5/5/02-2/11/15; Brooke Glo's Destroyer 7/09/06-21/06/16 and Katie Crazykatiebug 12/11/06 -21/08/21. My blog about grief The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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How well you loved and understood him.

I'm so sorry you lost your wonderful old gentleman.

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