Gratitude journal
Three good things

Mar 11, 2023 | Gratitude

Augusta, RIP

Gussie died peacefully this afternoon. She was a big part of our family for over 14 years, and we will miss her terribly. She had a wonderful life here in Yorkshire, and we are so grateful for her constant company over the years. It has been a privilege to have such a wonderful character to share our lives.

We are also so grateful to Ryedale Vets, who were so good to her during her life, especially during her final illness. Amy and Mandy, in particular, were fantastic when they came around to put her to sleep. Their compassion and love for the animals in their care shone through.

We are also so grateful for the compassion and support showed by so many. In its way, almost more heartbreaking than Gussie’s death itself.

Gussie died with immense dignity, and her death was so peaceful. We feared her death, but in the end, how it happened was almost beautiful. It was an honour and a privileged to be there at her end, and her final gift to us was to make her loss a little bit easier to bear, for which we are so grateful. Our animals have so much to teach us.

Gussie is now buried in the garden next to Hannah and Scrumbles, along with her favourite treats, a hob-nob biscuit and a sprinkle of water from Lourdes.

Rest in peace, Gussie.

Young Gussie, 2008

Gussie shortly after she came to us in 2008

Reading the paper, 2011

As a young dog, she took a keen interest in the news

Gussie on her favourite chair, 2012

Looking so august!

Cheeky monkey, 2012

Not quite sure how she got onto the kitchen table. (The drawing behind her on the right was done by Alex.)

In the garden, 2013

A warm and happy welcome after we returned from two funerals in a day.

Those irritating squirrels, 2016

In Arran. We restrained her from chasing the red squirrels

Gussie and Scrumbles, 2014

We used this photo for our Christmas card that year.

Gussie and Billy the Squid, 2022

She got on very well with our cats (usually)

Yesterday, 10 March 2023

We know the end is near, when she will be at peace

A Gratitude Journal is just a simple way of
recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to
higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions as well as
a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

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