1 Jul

I cannot believe that for a second time in such a short period I have to make another sad announcement.

Unfortunately our beloved Barney, has gone to join Archie. He was my Mum’s constant companion and shadow.  Words cannot express how much he will be missed.


27 Responses to “Barney”

  1. Dianne 1 July, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Dear Yvonne
    I am stunned and cannot begin to imagine how you feel, I am so so sorry to hear of your loss.
    you are in my thoughts

    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

      Thank You Dianne, I miss him terribly he was such a friend
      Yvonne xx

  2. Marjorie Dawson 1 July, 2010 at 1:49 pm #


    Not Barney, not our sweetheart who always says hello and loved to see everyone. Oh Yvonne – you must be heartbroken.

    I am so very sorry to hear this.

    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Marjorie, We are all so stunned, but know he is happy with Archie
      Thank You

  3. Carolyn Evans 1 July, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    To you all,
    I was so sad to hear of your loss. Our pets do play an important part in our lives. Remember all the fun you have had with them both.

    Carolyn Evans

    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

      Thank you for your thoughts, Barney & Archie were so important to me and the family, but they are together now
      kind regards

  4. elly van veen 1 July, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi Yvonne, so sad to read about Barney. We will miss being greeted by our little friend.
    kind regards,

    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

      Hi Elly
      It was lovely you saw him a short time ago, he was a great greeter & I miss him terribly
      Kind regards

  5. Kelly 1 July, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi Yvonne,

    You must be heartbroken – so very sorry to hear of your double loss.

    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

      Your thoughts are so appreciated, Barney & Archie are still together, & I mustn’t be too selfish, but I do miss them
      Thank you

  6. Jenny Hall 1 July, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    Oh Yvonne how horrible losing both your pets so close together.
    I will miss seeing Barney asleep under the sewing machine at the shop.


    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

      Hi Jenny
      I sit at my desk & can still see him there, but such happy memories of a truly devoted little dog, Thank you for your lovely words


  7. Denniele 1 July, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    Dear Yvonne,

    I was saddened so to read about Barney. Know the double loss makes it all the harder to bare. My thoughts are with you and I hope your memories will ease the pain. HUgs, Denniele

    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Denniele
      Thank you so much for these kind words, I miss Barney so much, there is such a void now, but he is with Archie

  8. Kath 1 July, 2010 at 6:30 pm #


    So sorry to hear about the boys, I’m sure that they are still being excellent greeters on the other side of that bridge.


    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

      Hi Kath,
      I am sure they are, I just hope they don’t bark too loud, thank you for your thoughts

  9. Barbara 1 July, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Oh so sad … but you will have wonderful, warm memories of them.

  10. Margaret Dawson 1 July, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    Yvonne, I am so sorry. He was such a cheery little chap. Hard to think I was patting him so recently. It was the only quilt shop I have ever been in (in many countries) where one was greeted by such friends as those two. Such happy memories. Margaret

    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

      Hi Margaret
      What lovely things to say, Barney & Archie loved people & we hope it made our visitors feel special.
      Thank you

  11. Kaye Kearns 1 July, 2010 at 9:30 pm #


    I am so very sad to hear that you have lost two companions in such a short period. Their loss will leave a huge gap in your family. My thoughts are with you.


    • Yvonne Matthews 1 July, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

      Thank You, Kaye, they have been such an important part of my life, I am finding I a call for Barney, but he doesn’t come, but I am sure he can hear me.

  12. Julz 2 July, 2010 at 12:18 am #

    You have been in my thoughts all day Yvonne after you phoned me. I have just finished re-reading “Rainbow Bridge” which Barbara (from CQ) had given me after Amber passed away… and then I read Sam’s posting above – tears are just pouring. I feel your loss and know you will be feeling incredibly sad and lost. Barney was a dog-in-a-million and loved by many. Heartfelt hugs to you. Love J xox

    • Yvonne Matthews 2 July, 2010 at 10:50 am #

      Oh, Julie, You are so lovely, thank you for such sincere words, we all appreciate them, I thought I saw him this morning!! Just shows how important he was to me, but we have puppy Bailey who met Barney & spent time with him, which was lovely.
      Love Yvonne xxx

  13. Libby 2 July, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Dear Yvonne and Family

    I was really sad to hear of Barney’s passing.

    We will miss that sweet little furry welcome we would get when we dropped by for a visit.
    Libby, Heather and Vanessa

    • Yvonne Matthews 3 July, 2010 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Libby,
      Thank you for this & for the flowers, you are so kind

  14. Claire 4 July, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    Dear Mum it will be hard coming home and not be greeted at the door as we have been for so many years.
    Barney was your friend your partner and your defender,your dog.
    You were his life, his love, his leader.
    He was yours faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
    You have yet again given your best friend the best gift you could give PEACE.

    • Yvonne Matthews 4 July, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

      Dear Claire,
      This is beautiful, thank you, & you are so right he was my best friend & his love was unconditional, I miss him so.
      But Bailey will meet you when you come & visit & I am sure will soon become a great fill in for Barnes
      Love, Mumxxx

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