Thanks for the email Viv and Co - so very sorry to hear about the sad news of Al's passing. Like a number of people on this forum I had never met her in person, but her warmth and kindness came through in her emails, PMs, and all the acts of kindness she did for those around her, not least through all her work with trpd.
Al, I'm glad for you that your passing was swift, and I hope pain-free, but very sad for all those you sadly left behind. Thinking of her family (human and furry) at this very sad time.
Post by GoingtotheDogs on Oct 2, 2010 11:45:11 GMT 1
I'd like to add my tribute to Al on behalf of Sighthounds Online and on a personal level.
Al was a great spirit, generous and brave. She suffered all sorts of physical trials and bore them without complaint. She just carried on working for the dogs.
When I said that I was nervous of transporting dogs with ordinary collars she came up with the Going for The Dogs project and produced hundreds of martingale collars to keep dogs in transit safe. These are now scattered about the country as a memento of her kindness.
She often sent me freebies for my rescues and donated items for the SOL auctions.
Al also had a great sense of humour and we had great chats on msn.
It was only this summer that I started visiting regularly and Al would cook up some bacon butties which we'd eat outside the workshop and chat while watching the birds. Going up to Llys TreRobert was good for the soul.
We'll all miss her whether we knew her personally or not. We all sort of knew her and felt supported by her.
I pray that someone will carry on her legacy and preserve her beloved bird garden in her memory.
Rest in peace, Al. If you had to go, I'm glad it was quick and painless. But I still don't really believe you've gone.
Wendy with Kim, Freya, Lily, Rosie, Feh, Zebedee, Zak, Ruby, Bayleaf, Shayla, Grace Griff, Tom, Zoe, Hebe and George Not forgetting Holly, Red, Quince, Mikey, Misty, Max, Suzi, Josie, Ivy and Jess running free until we meet again
Am so saddened to hear of Al's passing. I felt she was a dear friend although we had never met. Do not stand by my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awake in the moning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there I did not die.
Al has left such a wonderful legacy of love so let us do our best to continue her work in helping all animals in need. My thoughts are with her family
Such a shock - what a great loss to her family, friends and the wider rescue community. I know Angela Hogan was so grateful for Al's and TRPD's support for Tailends during it's lifetime. I hope Al is reunited with all her four-footed friends who have gone before. My thoughts are with her family at the loss of this truly remarkable woman. RIP Al. Love Suzie xxx
Several people have kindly asked about Al's animals - the chickens and ducks have gone to the stables [who already have poultry]; the horses and dogs are being cared for by family and friends. Help may be required in the near future... and we will post if this is the case.
I'm planning to go to the funeral - does anybody need a lift (between Bristol and Cardiff we could arrange a pick-up) or is anybody coming this way (near Bristol/Bath) and could pick me up / park car and hop into mine? The drive to and fro might be a bit easier not alone....
(please send pm if you'd like to arrange something)
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I never had the pleasure of meeting Alison, but have loads of PMs from her.
Words are never ever enough, all I can write is I will miss you Alison. You will be safe at Rainbow Bridge where you be have been met by all out furbabies that have gone before us.
You will be missed by so many
God Bless you Alison, you are one in a million
Dyane In the Mad House With Loukar, Joedee, Mad Roodee, a Cornish clown BC Rjj, a pretty BC girl Jessie, Norty Wukee, Lil Keewee(still wiv mum) & two very odd looking BC called Jaq & Reg, who purr, 3 Angel Cavaliers,1 Angel X breed, 4 Angel BCs & several angelic GSDs/Beardies/Cats all at The Bridge with my Dad