A week before we got Indy, just over fourteen years ago, my daughter and son in law brought a puppy home. They called him Oakley. And when they were at work, Oakley would come to our house.
He became Indy’s protector. He kept him warm when he was ill and lost all his weight and when he played with him, he was always gentle. He rescued him from tricky situations and helped his confidence grow.
When Tilly came along, he took her under his wing too. He was only a week or so older than Indy and Tilly, but he was always their Big Brother. And he was always respectful and kind to our older dog, Sweep.
When my first grandson was born Oakley looked after him too. They shared an extra special bond.
Oakley’s been a protector of children, puppies and kittens. He’s been a friend and loyal companion. I fell in love with him from the very moment I saw him and I called him my Dreamboat.
He certainly liked his home comforts as well as his long walks!
For the past three years his constant companion has been Poppy.
Earlier this year he had a stroke and despite the odds, he came back from that. But other problems surfaced over the past few months and yesterday they did the last kindness any of us can do for our beloved companions.
We are all heartbroken, but my thoughts are with my daughter and son in law and their three children. I know in time the hurt will heal and they will remember the good times, but I know right know it must feel like the end of the world.
Rest in peace beautiful dreamboat – we will all miss you so much.