You touched so many and you will be missed by all

July 15, 2004

It is my sad duty to inform you that Paddy passed away peacefully at 1:30 am this morning.

He went downhill quickly yesterday, to the point where he could no longer stand by himself. Colleen and I spent a number of hours with him yesterday, and gratefully he appeared to be comfortable and in no pain during his last moments.

I am sure that those of you who had met Paddy, or knew of him, will share in sorrowing for him. Yet it is also time to be thankful. Paddy's 17 years 3 months 28 days is certainly more time than allotted to most cairns, and by all accounts, he (quite remarkably) enjoyed good health throughout.

We are also thankful that Paddy was able to die naturally, on his own little bed, and in familiar surroundings.

Paddy was a distinguished little gentleman with impeccable manners. I know he provided many years of companionship to his previous owner, and we counted it an honor to have his company for at least a short while. He should certainly be an inspiration as to what a "senior cairn" can be, and we won't soon forget him.

Justin & Colleen, TX

Paddy Tails

Just when we would start feeling sorry for Paddy for being so old, he would show us his cairn spirit. Like getting in to the refrigerator for the roast beef and even though we never heard a peep out of him, if we did something he didn't like (brush, try to move him, etc) he would raise one side of his lips to 'show us his teeth' and of course we were terrified!!


We have a secret, you and I,
That no one else shall know,
For who, but I can see you lie,
Each night, in fireglow?

And who but I can reach my hand
Before we go to bed,
And feel the living warmth of you
And touch your furry head?

And only I walk woodland paths,
And see, ahead of me,
Your small form racing with the wind,
So young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
In every brook I pass.
And, when I call, no one but I
Can see the bending grass.

Author Unknown

  • Thank you Paddy for the love you brought to all your Aunties and Uncles.
  • Thank you Justin & Colleen for being Paddy's last family.
  • Thank you Danielle and all of you for being part of the Col.'s family and never turning away a Cairn because of his or her age or health.

I am sitting here crying for Paddy and at the same time my heart is full of gladness that I found CPCRN. Full of thankfulness for the tears because if we didn't sometimes cry we would not be living life the way it is meant to be lived. We put our hearts in harms way when we accept the little old dogs, when we take in the sick and when we take the injured.

I personally would not have it any other way...
Would you??

So I will cry today and light my candle for Paddy. And tomorrow if a sick or elderly Cairn turns up on the Col.'s door step I will join my voice to the chorus:

"Come on in old dog..
Your family is waiting and we will be with you as long as it takes."

Deirdre, AZ

If you want the rainbow,
     you have to put up with the rain

Tippin' the hat to ye,
Paddy me boy!