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
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