Labrador Volunteer Sidney rests at La Giraudiere

A Labrador is the best friend you could ever have;

Today I have made the desicion that it is time to let Sidney go to sleep so that he can keep his dignity, self respect and stop his pain. Sidney as spent his entire life at La Giraudiere and it is here that he will rest.

Sidney is the longest serving volunteer at La Giraudiere and during his time he as met volunteers and interns from all around the globe. Judges, Doctors, Solicitors, Editors, Writers, politicians, body guards, Japanesse, chinesse, brazilians the list is endless and all he welcomed with a wagging tale.

If anyone who knows Sidney wants to come and say goodbye you have the weekend as it will take me that long to prepare his resting place.

If you want to send a message then please do so or post something on our facebook  at Pauls Facebook page

What occured, Last week Friday, I took Sidney to the vets in Chalais because I wanted to know how it will be when the time comes. The vet was very complimentry on how Sidney was, he further explained that Sidney had reached the good old age of 102 years and that arthritus was normal in Labradors and drugs would help the pain. He prescribed some tablets for his arthritus pain and releived me of a some money saying “let me know how it goes”

The tablets are Previcox 227mg and the dosage prescribed was three quarters of a tablet each day.

Saturday morning, Sidney was a bit subdued and by Sunday he had lost the use of his back legs. By monday he was paralysed at the back but still tried to walk dragging himself with his front paws from his bed so he could say hello.

For the last week, each morning, I help Sidney to go outside by placing a towel under the rear part of his body to support him. If it is Sunny he stays outside watching me and If it is cold and rainy he wants in. This photo is taken today Sidney’s last Sunday at La Giraudiere. He as just had his breakfast and done his visits.

Sidney's last Sunday at La Giraudiere

I feel so privlidged that Sidney spent his life with me, yes it was he that chose me, he is, was and allways will be the best friend I ever had had. I will miss him enourmously.

Sidney has choosen his resting place at La Giraudiere and now slowly I prepare it. It is the spot he most liked, it is where he would look out for Bella or Poppit, two of his favorite girlfriends, both of whom mothered his offspring and sadly also fell asleep for the last time several years ago. The vet is arriving on Monday.



About La Giraudiere

The whole idea of the La Giraudiere project is for people of all backgrounds, all ages, all nationalities to have the chance to live together learn about each others lifestyle exchange their knowledge, experiences and skills whilst living and working together in France and at the same time helping, improving and adding to the Project for those to come in the future. To see the different types of volunteers work that has been done and what is still required visit our website
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