We said goodbye today to our life companion Dan after nearly sixteen years, as smart and loyal a friend as you could wish for. There is a hole in our hearts and lives.

As you can see he was always a good looking boy, he appeared on TV once dragging Julie around a garden attempting to train him, and has appeared in endless posts here.

He was a farm and a beach dog. Always up for a ride in the Mule or running ahead of it and always up for a visit to the beach in the morning. He just loved to work. He patrolled the property constantly making sure anything that came near, cars up the driveway, aeroplanes flying 20,000 feet overhead, any tractor or lawnmower, horses running in the arena or paddocks next door got a sound barking at and boy could he bark. He would shatter your eardrums in the car if you sneezed, yes he hated that, or for several years, if he saw a white van out of the back window, I really don’t know where he got that one from! A lady once commented in the local shop that she could hear him barking on the beach in the mornings and she lived about a mile away.

He was surrounded by good friends as well. Rarely, if ever, left alone he had a wide circle of friends.ย  Thank you to all our neighbours who “Dan dog sat” throughout the years and a special thanks to Rose and Roger and of course his very favourite surrogate Mum, Shirley.

He really was one of those special dogs. He had an amazing environment to live in, he gave so much back. He followed us everywhere. Dan you are gone, sadness is a bit overwhelming at the moment, but here’s to you and a life well lived.

Thanks so much to my wonderful hubby Andrew for writing this. Safe journeys Dan .. we will always love you

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  1. With parents like you guys, I’m sure he had the best in this life and so can easily presume the journey will be even greater ahead. His love and memories shall always stay… Wishing you lots of smile and blessings ๐Ÿ™

  2. Dear Julie I’m so very sorry to read that you’ve lost Dan. What an adorable boy you’ve had the privilege to share your lives with and he was a very lucky boy to have you. As always when I hear that someone’s had to say goodbye to a beloved family member, I’m in floods of tears, for you and Andrew, myself to because it’s around two years since my precious Dido and Daisy went across the rainbow bridge.
    Take care my lovely, hugs from me.

    • Hi Gilly he was an adorable boy and we were so lucky to have him. He will be missed beyond belief! Thank you so much for your kind words and those hugs xx

  3. A beautiful post. Itโ€™s always such a hard thing when you lose your best friends. Time will heal and leave you with a wealth of wonderful memories ๐Ÿพ

    • Hi Lisa .. One of the hardest posts I have ever done … and he was our best friend. He will be missed terribly … but we do have loads of magic memories. Thanks so much for your kind words

  4. Hi to you both . You did all you could for Dan .. I will miss not seeing him when I arrive. Can remember that little chap in Mount Eaden . Scooting across the polished floor .will be thinking of you . Rest in peace Dan.
    Lots of love to you both
    Bill xxxxxxxxxx

  5. Dear Julie and Andrew , so sorry to hear the passing of Dan,I have very fond memories of him ,such a lovely companion .
    Thinking of you both at this time

  6. Beautiful words, beautiful photos of your beautiful boy. We will miss his voice bouncing around the Valley, and his Happy welcome when we visit. God speed Dan. ๐Ÿ˜˜

  7. So sorry to read this sad and painful news about Dan. Your post is a heartwarming tribute to a very beautiful friend. Wishing you lots of strength, Julie. You are in my thoughts.

  8. Dear Julie and Andrew, what a wonderful life you have given Dan and what a beautiful tribute ๐Ÿ’œ We are so sorry for your loss loss and are thinking of you at this time ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’ž Run free sweet boy ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ•Š xxx

    • He did have a wonderful life … thank you so very much for your lovely comment, it means a great deal

  9. Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog. It brings me back to my own sorrowful partings with life companions over the years. We remember them all always with so much love & their dear & funny ways & how they loved us. I send you all my heartfelt sympathy as you mourn for Dan.

    • thank you so much for your kind words. He was such a beautiful dog, so loyal and loving.

  10. My eyes keep leaking and my heart hurts. Such an awesome little man with a big loving heart. We had such happy times together. Missing you already little friend. You will always have a special place in my heart. Hugs Julie and Andrew. Love Shirley.

    • Hello Shirl … he was an awesome little man with a big loving heart! I know you had such happy times together and I can’t thank you enough for being his second Mum xx

  11. Dear Julie and Andrew. I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing can describe such a relationship, so I wonโ€™t even try. Suffice to say we lost our boy, Chewy, three years ago almost to the day, so I can track pretty closely with what you both must be feeling. My best wishes to you both, and my best wishes to Dan as he goes off to his next adventure. The next to the last photo is beautiful, and it brought tears.

    • Oh thank you so much for your kind words and wishes .. they mean a great deal. I hope too that his next adventure is a special one

  12. Julie, I’m so very sorry for your loss as we went through the dame loss two years ago in January. I sobbed for a year and still tear up when I go on one of our walks on the farm. She slept with us from the day we brought her home until the day she died. I’ll be thinking of you and grieving with you.
    Love ya bunches, Rita

  13. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear companion dog Dan, Julie and Andrew. Your post has me in tears. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. You have beautiful memories of Dan. He will be with you always.

    • Thank you so much Lavinia .. I’m sorry to upset you. He will be with us always and the memories my friend are magic …

  14. It is so terribly, terribly hard to lose our fur children…the sadness is more than over-whelming for it encompasses the loss of member of the family/team/and soul. That photo of Dan walking away his reflection in the water says it all. I am so so sorry. I am crying for you, because I do understand that pain. Hugs

    • Hi Tim … he sure did have a wonderful life and will be missed terribly. That photo means a lot to me too … thank you

  15. Dearest Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. You two have provided a wonderful lifestyle for all of your pets. And Dan contributed to what only special furry friends can do. Love from Oregon…

    • Thanks Steve … it does symbolize departure, but you know, I think he will always be with us

  16. Julie and Andrew, I am so sorry to hear about Dan. Our animals give us so much and ask for so little in return. He was a lucky dog to have the run of the beach and Frog Pond Farm. Your walks are going to feel empty for awhile. Think of Dan rolling in the sand and barking up a storm somewhere not far. Lisa and I send you our deepest condolences. Take care.

    • Hello Bob … thanks for your kind words. Those walks are going to seem super empty .. But you know, I can’t help but think of him rolling in the sand and barking up a storm somewhere not far away! Thanks so much for your special words – and please say hello to Lisa for us.

  17. I’m sorry for your loss, but I’m sure he had 16 wonderful years as a part of your family and I know he will always be fondly remembered.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words … he was a great dog and such a big part of our family.

  18. Beautiful words. What a wonderful narrative for Dan. Rest In Peace Dan. You were so loved and you gave love to so many.

    • Thanks so much Milt โ€ฆ Andrewโ€™s words were so special. Rest in peace dear Dan ..

  19. My heart goes out to you, I know how it feels…and these type of holes never truly mend but how wonderful that you had such a long, happy time together. He was in the best of homes with two truly special people who gave him the opportunity to develop into a special dog. A very touching tribute to Dan, well done, Andrew, for the words, and Julie for the gorgeous pictures which show how much he meant to you. I absolutely love the second last one, gorgeous shot. Love to you both xx

    • Hello lovely I know you know how I feel .. and I think you are probably right, these type of holes never really truly mend. But we sure did have a marvellous time with that great pooch of ours! I thought Andrew’s tribute was wonderful, Dan adored him. Thanks so much Annette .. that photo is my favourite too xxxx

    • Hey Sherry he was an absolute sweetheart .. and a great pal! Thank you so much for your kind words …

  20. I am so sorry to hear this dear Julie, Dan was amazing and so lovely, adorable friend. Even we only know from your posts… But will be always in our memories, I pray for Dan, and be in peace in their endless place. My thoughts, my heart, my love for you all dear Julie, nia

    • Hello dear Nia .. he was amazing and a great friend, no doubt about it. Thank you so very much for your lovely comment, so very appreciated .. Julie

  21. Dear Julie, I am so sad to hear this, Dan was a lovely, beautiful and so adoreble friend. Rest in peace in their endless place. I pray for Dan. My thouhgts, my heart and my love with you both, nia

  22. sorry for double comments, it didn’t work in the first time but I see now, it worked… sorry dear.

  23. Oh man! I’m crying, Julie. Oh Lord how I know how much this hurts. I am so sorry for your loss of Dan. What a beautiful Soul he is. That is the one downfall of falling in Love with an animal ….. we outlive them, usually. What a touching tribute. BIG (((HUGS)))!!! ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

    • Hey Amy … oh thank you so much it does hurt and I know that you know that! He was such a beautiful soul and so very easy to fall in love with! Andrew wrote a wonderful tribute … hugs

  24. heartfelt dear Julie…always a hard story to live…even though we often know this…it’s always tender…big hugs and love down your way…sending vibes for Dan’s spirit to move along…cheers to life ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿ’“ ๐Ÿค—

    • Ah Miss Hedy, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m sure your beautiful vibes will help Dan’s spirit to move along. Thank you my friend …

  25. Really sorry to hear about Dan, Julie. Shirley told us today and she ALMOST managed not to cry ๐Ÿ˜‰ Strikes me that Dan had a wonderful, socialable life – quite the Man About Town …. I remember the times he lay on Linda’s porch amongst our spinning wheels and we have all followed his health reports over recent years ๐Ÿ˜‰ He had a larger-than-life life!

    • Hello Lisa … I so appreciate you leaving a comment as I know it can be tricky! Dear Shirl … I bet she almost managed not to cry! He did have a wonderful life and was the ‘Man about Town’ for sure. He was incredibly lucky to spend time with you girls – a big thanks to you all .. He was larger than life, no doubt about it!

  26. I am so sorry for your loss, Julie and Andrew. Everyone who ever had animals close and dear, knows the feeling. And after such a long and great relationship – the sorrow and grief is almost unbearable. I lost my Mille 2014, and I still think I will never see his like again. So beautifully written and accompanied by loving photos – I am still crying. A lovely tribute to Dan. The last photo but one went straight to my heart. โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

  27. What a lovely tribute, Julie, to a dear and loyal friend. I’m so sorry that he is no longer with you. He lived a wonderful and long life with you and gave you so much. That’s the remarkable thing about dogs–they give so much and expect little in return.

  28. To Julie and Andrew, such a beautiful tribute to your very special and treasured boy Dan. I have some lovely memories of him and from when he was a wee pup. A very gorgeous companion he was to you both, 24/7.Wow 16 years old, what a trooper, with that forever powerful bark!! Much love and thinking of you both at this very sad time. Vicki and Lola Roux XX

  29. Julie and Andrew, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved him and he obviously brought great joy to you both. I hope the pain eases soon but that the memories never do.
    A lovely tribute.

  30. Aw, tears in my eyes. I love my Bailey as much as you loved your Dan. And I’m going to give her extra attention today b/c you’ve reminded me what furry angels they are. Sending you a very large hug through the ether.

  31. Oh, Julie and Andrew, I don’t know how I missed this post.
    I am so sorry to hear this news. What a sweet guy Dan was. Please accept hugs from your friend in Canada, belated though they may be.
    Those last two photos are incredibly moving. Goodbye, sweet Dan.

  32. What a beautiful post Andrew.. thanks for sharing supermodel Julie… miss you guys and had a blast on holidays with you .. hope your journey home was a good one x

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