Toikee was a special old little guy who I got from the animal rescue centre along with his brother Teekee in April 2004, both had suffered abuse and years of neglect.
Both the boys 10 years old I told myself I would not get too attached to them. Well I was wrong, my special little guys stole their way into my heart.
Toikee was so loving and sweet when I got him, which I thought was unusual for a neglected dog. Nobody, including myself could resist this little chap. Just a smile or a kind word got him excited and needing to give loves, needless to say I couldn't help smiling at him a lot. My little boy got ill in August 2004, diagnosed with Diabetes; I thought I was going to lose him then, but he proved to me behind that sweet and soft face was a fighter and he got better with daily injections of insulin.
Months passed, and with each day I loved Toikee and his brother that bit more. Then one beautiful April Saturday my special wee man had a great day, he played in the garden, he ate well (even stole his brother's biscuit). His day was so happy, he then wanted out in the front garden at 8pm. He seemed tired and sat down a few times on the grass, standing on the path I watched him look at me. Then all of a sudden Toikee gave out a scream that I would never forget, and started keeling over to the side. I ran over the grass to him to pick him up, he then gave a smaller cry, and died in my arms. Try as I might I couldn't revive my beautiful little friend. He was then taken away by the vet that night, I cried all night.
My beautiful boy was cremated and now is buried in the back garden in his favourite corner, with a memorial vase and flowers.
Toikee my special wee man Teekee and I love you and miss you everyday, I found the follow sentiment which mirrors how I feel.
"If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane. I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again"
(Toikee - 6 January 1994 to 23 April 2005)
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