Just a Thought... A Moment to Paws I’m writing this article in honour of someone who taught me what it is to truly live. To live a life with generosity of spirit. To find joy in the everyday and to meet hardship with bravery and hope. This is for you, Eddie Hilton. Eddie was named after the main character in the much loved 90’s TV show ‘Ab Fab’. She was named this because she was bouncy, lively, ditzy, fun and fantastic from the minute she entered our lives. I should mention at this point that she was a chocolate labrador, but to her that was a mere heritage distinction – because she thought she was a person. Most of the time, so did we! Not because we were mad but because we were madly in love with her.
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She had the most gentle nature and the most welcoming waggy tail. She was abandoned by someone at the tender age of 18 months and by chance found and rescued by my father. She stayed by his side for 13 years and brought incomprehensible
joy to our world. At the hardest of times she was the only thing that glued us all together as a family and at the best of times she sat back and bathed in the tranquillity of life. Eddie loved to love and knew nothing of anger, hatred or discrimination. Her utterly wonderful life came to an end this year and the hole that has been left feels at times like a gaping chasm. However, when I feel the gnawing sadness of her departure I try to harness the absolute joy of her existence. Her legacy is this: everyone should be a little more Labrador. Long may it last. We love you Eddie xxx
By Fliss Goldsmith of Belper
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