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Gratitude Friday - Gone but not forgotten

I am a little late in posting today. I was going to blog about pets past and present, but something more important happened today to change my post.

You may recall that last year I wrote about Our Borrowed Horse. Royal has been a part of our lives for several years. Until a couple of days ago, he would arrive at our back fence as the sun was coming up because he knew he would get carrots. Then a couple of other times a day he returned for more carrots. He would announce himself by whinnying a little bit. Yes, he did love his carrots!

We hadn't seen him for two days, so Bill and I just drove over to his owner's house to make sure he was OK. Our friend Royal had to be put down yesterday because of a stroke. He lived to the ripe age of 30, though, and he brought pleasure to a lot of people, including us.

That is where Gratitude Friday comes in. Although we are so very sad that he is gone, we thank our lucky stars for the time we got to spend with him. RIP dear Royal.

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Here are some photos of Royal in his younger years, courtesy of his former owner, when he participated in horse competitions. Thank you, Lora, for letting me post these.

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Comments (9)

Alice Magers:

Oh This is a beautiful picture of Royal. Thank you for sharing this with me. If you go on facebook again I just posted more pictures when he was younger and in competitions. He will really be missed by many. He was a wonderful old horse. I loved him so much.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Nancy, this is a very touching post and a wonderful tribute to Royal. I enjoyed reading your other post about him. I'm so sorry to hear of the news.

It is very comforting to remember how lucky you all were to have Royal in your lives for all those years. And that kind of love and joy never goes away. RIP Royal...

Eden:

That is one beautiful friend you had. thank you for sharing his memories with us.

Lora:

That was a beautiful post! He was a loved and happy horse! These pictures were taken about four years ago. He was Reserve Champion for that season. He won a belt buckle for me that I have on my wall. :-)

What a lovely tribute to the wonderful horse. He sound like he was a soulful animal.

I'm so sorry that Royal is no longer with you. I'm so glad you had so many years together and that he is not suffering. Wonderful tribute.

I can understand why you are grateful to have had Royal as a neighbor and a friend. Blessings to him.

Amy:

What a beautiful boy he was!

You really are lucky to have been befriended by Royal. I haven't been around horses much since I went away to college a million years ago, but this made me miss them. He looks like such a sweetheart.

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