On tour at home and abroad with the Sumpners

The view below is Toad Rock, Tunbridge Wells

Sad news 13th Jun 2018


It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the passing of of our adored travelling companion, Archie the Border Terrier, after a short but sharp illness. We will miss you so much little one.  There have been and will be many tears at your passing and our travels will not be the same without you. Life was more difficult for you towards the end, with cataracts, deafness and your body starting to let you down. But not as difficult as our lives will be without you. The tears are flowing as I write this. You were the best dog any one could ever have wished for. Night night pupskip.

The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.


A very young Archie


One of the last pictures of our beloved boy. 9/6/18


6 thoughts on “Sad news 13th Jun 2018

  1. Sorry for your loss. RIP Archie.

  2. Beautiful verse Kay & Paul. So sorry to hear the sad news of Archie. First time that I have gone in to your blog. 😢😢

  3. So sorry for your loss, brought tears to my eyes reading the beautiful words of the Rainbow bridge poem.
    RIP Archie

  4. Hope the outpouring of love from so many helps a little. Sobbing again now after Rainbow Bridge – hoping Cally introduces herself! Much love. X x

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