Sadly our beloved therapy dog Micky was diagnosed with a terminal illness and was recently put to sleep before he could be in any pain or distress.
He began his journey to Sydenham Garden as a scared rescue dog who had to learn to be a pet. Once he gained confidence from being in a safe and caring home he was able to turn his attentions to others. He joined Sydenham Garden as its first four legged volunteer in 2016. He became a popular and much loved part of our Sow and Grow sessions. ‘Dog Day’ was dedicated to pooch pampering. We would bake dog biscuits, take turns grooming him, and do other dog related activities before Sir would taste our efforts. He would make appearances at Christmas parties to accept sneaky offers of cocktail sausages from co-workers. His ‘Cash for Cuddles’ initiative raised money at Sydenham Garden fairs. The benefits of a gentle soul like Micky being involved in the activities at Sydenham Garden were obvious. Petting him and being in his presence had a calming effect on everyone and introduced a different dynamic to our groups. Co-workers, volunteers and staff looked forward to seeing him each week. Among them were some super fans! Micky also had a few favourites of his own.
When it became clear that Micky was nearing the end of his life the response from those who knew him at Sydenham Garden showed just how much he was cherished and appreciated. On his last day he took a walk round Sydenham Garden, had some well deserved treats, and chased squirrels in the woods (his favourite obsession) before ending his days sleeping in front of the fire at home. He was a much loved dog who will be missed.
Lord Byron wrote the following epitaph for his beloved dog Boatswain, which we think is appropriate to adapt.
Near this spot
are deposited the remains of one
who possessed beauty without vanity,
strength without insolence,
courage without ferocity,
and all the virtues of man without his vices.
This praise, which would be unmeaning flattery
if inscribed over human ashes,
is but a just tribute to the memory of
MICKY a dog…
If you have any memories of Micky that you would like to share, please do write in the comments below – we would love to hear from you.