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The Hoons RIP age 15yrs

November 24, 2015

Two weeks ago I would not have believed I would be writing this. This morning at 10am we lost our dearly beloved Hoons (Jasper). I feel almost at a complete loss to even know where to start.

15 years ago today I would have been sitting with his mother Jessie and her week old pups so that she would stay and feed them. I was their ‘other’ mother from the day they were born. I have an album of photos taken each week as Jasper and Tyler were growing up in Invercargill.

We named this little man Jasper but it didn’t take long for his personality to come through and he got called the Hoons and he  has been  my Hooney man ever since. He didn’t get called Jasper very often although he did know  both his names!!

Hoons was one in a million. Personality plus.. He was always happy.. he would have a smile on his face & life was good. He was our clown and would always make us smile with his antics. No matter how naughty he was he would make you smile and you just couldn’t get angry with him. I remember the day we left Invers to move North.. Sambo,  Jessie, Tyler & Hoons -3months old (we had lost our dear old cat by then) but we also bought up with us  tweetie the canary & our long lasting goldfish.                                                                                                                                                                       So there we were.. busy packing the house & emptying the fridge etc,, Hoons decides to break in & eat a jar of relish.. first night away he has the runs… GREAT. staying with friends so I am up every hour with him..  Next day we get to Queenstown and stay with Gregs sister… what does Hoons find.. a plum tree.. same result!!!! Then to make things worse.. the dogs had been sleeping in their conservatory next to our room and  found a loose thread in the carpet in the MIDDLE of the room … well.. a good meter round  bear patch of carpet I found the next morning!! try explaining that!! remembering at this stage Hoons is only 3 months old.. just mischief with a capital M.

We arrived in the Bay and lived in Papamoa for 6 months while we got ourselves sorted. Hoons there developed the love of kids on bikes. He  would run the fence line every time wheels went past. One time in his excitement he landed  over the fence beside a little boy on a skateboard. I don’t know who got more of a fright.. Hoons looked back as if to say.. how the hell did I get here …OHOH..that was just so typical of him.

We  started to hear these thumps on the side of the house.. Tweetie’s mirror was flashing its reflections.. guess who started chasing them.. that is when the shadow chasing started!! Any night we had visitors over Hoons would be outside chasing our reflections and taking great hunks of grass out!! We decided to move the goldfish into our business premise one day but by the time we got there.. Hoons had  managed to get them all on the back seat.. very pleased with himself.. we had moved them from Auckland originally!!!

The dogs had come from the open empty beaches of Invercargill where they could just run freely and to arrive at Papamoa they knew nothing different, Tyler & Hoons would take off down the beach after gulls & waves & disappear into the distance.  I would hold my breathe they would come back.

My sisters place in Ohope  had always been one of our favourite destinations with Sambo back in the days of  Auckland & 2 dogs..  So one time we visited them with  the  extra 2 pups. Hoons went missing..  they lived on the harbour & no fences.. stressful ? .. ahh yep.. a tad.. we  had everyone out calling for him. Couldn’t believe he could get lost so had the panic someone had taken him.. 2 hours later & absolutely distraught I just happened to look up into the neighbours house.. they were out..  In the corner bedroom.. on the bed.. looking out the window…  guess who!! grrr… he had gone up through their gge in the cat door & of course everything else was locked!! “Here I am Mum”

I took  Tyler & Hoons to a ‘dog show’  with some friends. It was for newcomers and it was the first time I have ever been to one. Hoons was was SO excited and we had literally rocked up off the beach. Some people were blow waving their dogs.. Hoons & I went  round the ring  but he was way too excited to do that casually…. The judge made us go & sit in the corner..  well that happened to have more people & dogs  so that didn’t calm him down… She then told me “That dog will  break your heart if you don’t control him” I never went back to another…

We moved out here to Katikati  after that and Hoons has lived what you could only describe as  probably the best life ever for a dog.. he was never sent to kennels.. he sleeps by our side.. he has never worn a collar even.  He has loved the animals we have had here. He would never hurt them but just watch.   Tyler and Hoons  had a very deep bond and were so close. They would play for hours running the hills chasing swallows and  because of their bond I still endorse litter mates to families. It was only  in the last year of Tylers life they didnt get on..that I found sad.

Hoons  would take food from my mouth and always be so gentle. It stopped when the competition got too great and he bit my lip one time.

He loved going in the car and would always go with Greg on his trips to Auckland and he made very close bonds with Neo and  family.  That became his other home..                       Hoons was a great singer and would have  Greg in hysterics as he imitated the sirens when they went past..

As a young pup if anything startled him he would come and sit on my feet. Super cute and even as an old dog he would do that. ‘Mum will protect me’.  He didn’t have many fears..sadly for me!!

He loved the girls and was a big romantic.  I could never pick when the girls would have their pups if Hoons had mated them as he would be happy to mate them the entire time they were in season.. Any visiting ladies he would happily oblige there & then & off they would go.. he certainly didn’t muck around. Although Hoons has been retired for some 5 years now he has left a huge legacy of children and I know some have the same happy  hilarious characteristics.

He is a dog you would always be proud to own, one that  is a  great soul mate, to make the bad times seem fun. In his later years he got grumpy. Its a grumpy I am going to so miss. It wasn’t so many weeks ago that Hoons was still at the front of our walks. It is almost as if he kept the pace. Often I would never see him till the end but he would go racing past me in earlier days so he must have doing circles. We had this quiet understanding to meet back at the top of the hill before we went back home.

Last Tuesday  he turned 15 years old..  he just wasnt himself and the next day I took him to the vet … hoping maybe man flu or tooth ache.  But his sense of balance wasn’t right, I knew it wasn’t right.. I went to take a photo of him on his birthday but I didnt. I didn’t want to remember him looking so sad.. 5 years ago my mother had  a stroke and is confined to a wheel chair. When I  visit her now I see sad vague eyes & nobody home. That is what Hoons looked like. He  struggled to get get up or sit down & all in a week. He was getting old and slowing but he was still leading our walks 2 weeks ago. This has come as quite a shock. so fast… He could not have asked for a happier life.

The sadness is overwhelming  and the reality of him not being here hasn’t even started to sink in. The lady that told me he would break my  heart was right.. but it took 15 years.

He has joined  the plot with his mother Jessie, sister Tyler & niece Moet around our tree on the front lawn. Hoons will always be in our hearts.  A very special dog.. xx I share some photos over the years..

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Dana Roberts permalink
    November 25, 2015 7:01 am

    Thank you for sharing. I have a beautiful 15 yr old red like your boy. She is my best girl ever. Sadly has bad arthritis, it’s so hard . Don’t know what to do for her to make things better. Have tired it all. Dana Roberts

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    • November 25, 2015 2:31 pm

      Dont let her suffer if she is in pain. Its the one kind thing we can do for our animals sad as it seems at the time.

  2. November 25, 2015 11:46 am

    Dear Catherine  God I am so sorry to read this. I cried for you, twice!!! After reading your tribute Sasha definitely has her father’s personality that’s for sure, only Sasha doesn’t talk like he did and our Jasper did. Boy your fur babies sure do break hearts but we are all the richer for having them in our lives. I remember the first time we met Hoons and I thought he was such a tall boy, now we have one of his daughters and she is a tall girl just like him.   We feel your pain and are so sad for you all. Hoons was a very special boy. Lots of love from us in WellingtonXOXOXO 

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  3. Christina permalink
    November 25, 2015 3:11 pm

    I am new to your blog so I don’t know your dogs well but I am so sad to hear of Jaspers passing. You wrote to beautifully about this big boys love of life and his antics. Our wee pack send you hugs and licks. My Jack is 15 and is still demanding walks – he has just recently got deafer (or is that his selective hearing?) so walks are interesting to say the least!. Each day a privilege. They really do become our heart dogs. We are the lucky ones to have loved them x

  4. Janet permalink
    December 4, 2015 12:40 pm

    So sorry to hear of “The Hoons “ passing Catherine. He was such a hard case & his personality made him stand out more than the other dogs as he commanded more attention by being full of mischief. My late son was like that. Mind you now he would’ve been diagnosed with adhd to put a label on it. A life well lived. So close to Tyler’s passing too. Hope all your pups are doing well. Gemma’s just been on heat. Poor Phinn kept getting sick of her backside in his face. He actually snapped at her . He has got a coat on him like a sheep poor beggar & I have a terrible job trying to brush him. My second great grandson was born yesterday so I feel old. Ashton Christopher which isn’t bad compared to some of the unpronounceable names these days. IVF baby so has been interesting following his progress. Love to all the family.

    Janet Young

  5. January 24, 2016 12:00 am

    I’ve got a very young ‘hoon’ (year and a half) here and can relate to your wonderful stories of your boy.Thank you for sharing, wonderful photos, great dogs! 🙂 Maggie & Kura

  6. Evans family permalink
    April 30, 2016 5:47 pm

    Was trying to remember how old our jade was this morning which got me thinking how maddie and hoony are doing, I’m sorry to hear of hoony mans passing.

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