Early last Sunday morning, Mummy woke up to the sound of a text message on her phone. When she read the message, she looked stunned and then sad. She turned to face us and told us the news – Lucca’s daddy had gone to sleep forever. 🙁
Lucca’s daddy, Fenton and his mummy, Jocelyn always brought him to our cockapoo meets – whatever the weather, they were always there.Soon, the meet-ups were not just for us. The hoomans have also become friends.And because they loved us so much, we went everywhere with them. They liked taking us to restaurants, for example.At other times, we watched Fenton and Jocelyn do some strange hooman things! We jumped through those hoops but the hoomans preferred to stand in the middle of them and had the hoops go round and round. What’s that all about?When Lucca and Rusty’s mummies went shopping, the boys would sit with their daddies and talked about life and other things. 😉And if not for Fenton, I would never have made the trip to Malta with Mummy. That’s because Fenton, in one of his many business trips around the world, had seen a promotion at The Corinthia Hotel about welcoming dogs. He told Mummy about it and well, we made that trip because of Fenton.
But Fenton has left us … and today, our hoomans went to say goodbye to “Fenti“. Mummy told us it was a beautiful send-off by his family and his so many friends. We would love to have been there for Jocelyn but since we couldn’t, we were there for her in spirit.
Lucca, we are very sorry that your daddy has gone away – somewhere over yonder – on the other side of the rainbow. But know that you will never have to walk alone.We will always be there for you and your mummy.We will always be there walking with you. We will always be the three amigos.
May’s comment: The Hyde Park Cockapoo Friends have been meeting up since January 2013. We started with four pups and by April that year, this was our group. That was the first time we met Lucca and his owners – Fenton and Jocelyn.They have two human sons but I think Lucca quickly became their youngest and usurped the place of the two human ones! LOL!
Over time, many of those pooches and owners have come and gone – some moved away, some didn’t have time any more, but Fenton, whenever he could, he or Jocelyn always brought Lucca to our meets. And even when he wasn’t feeling great, he still wanted to come. He wanted Lucca to have some fun time with his friends – and he did. Lucca would always come bounding around the corner and jumped up to say hello to everyone. Fenton, Jocelyn and Lucca were very much a part of our core group.
Sometimes when all the dogs have left, we went for lunch or we just sat down to talk about human things.Fenton’s mind was always working. He was always doing some deal somewhere in the world. Always with Lucca by his side while he yelled and shouted at the phone! LOL!
He never let his illness get him down. But his treatments were causing havoc with his body, and he was able to make light of them. One time he said to me when asked, “I’m fine, just no hair this time.” And he laughed.
Even when his legs were giving him problems and he couldn’t walk well, he came regardless. He came for Lucca. He talked about things to everyone who was ready for a conversation. He would stay for a while till we have taken our group photo and then he would sit by himself in the car. This was the last time we saw him at our August meet. Fenton fought the illness till the end. But regardless, it was still too sudden.
We miss you Fenton. The Hyde Park Doodles friends will miss you. We became friends because of our dogs and have become a family of sorts related by our four-legged kids. 🙂 Over the years, we’ve had doggie lunches, birthday parties, Christmas and Halloween celebrations – all this from a chance meeting because of our dogs.