In memory of BIZOU

Bizou

Bizou passed away exactly one month ago today.

When I changed my career and life to include 40+ local dogs I never thought through this part of the job entirely well. How completely heartbreaking it is that these beautiful animals that I think of as part of my family will one day pass on. I’ve avoided and hated to think like this but reality hit me last month on August 13th when sweet Bizou passed away in front of my eyes.

She was just over 3 1/2 years old, she was a beautiful golden Labrador who had an infectiously cheerful personality and a playful, happy & sweet nature.
She was one half of a pair and leaves behind her older sister Baci.
I first started walking the girls over 1.5 years ago. It was when Trissa & Dan (Bizou & Baci’s mum & dad) where going away for a few weeks and they needed someone to take the girls out each day while their grandparents stayed with them.
When I first met the girls one Friday night I was greeted as a stranger into their home with such warmth by both the girls and Trissa & her sister Milou (they even offered me pie!). As I sat at the kitchen table to talk with Trissa, both girls were pawing at me for pats and attention. Baci, I was shown, could do all sorts of tricks with just the slightest promise of a treat. Bizou had to be held away so she didn’t interrupt the performance. “Bizou can be the naughty one” Trissa told me,”she has a nose for trouble” said Trissa. I kept this in mind when I started walking the girls.
Over 3 weeks of daily walks with Bizou & Baci I quickly fell in love with them both and was so sad at the thought that our walks were coming to an end. The girls and I explored the back streets of Balmain & Birchgrove and spent time down in Mort Bay & Ballast Point. I quickly learnt that Bizou (once you got to know her) was very much the out going cheeky one, she would love to pounce on unsuspecting cats as we pasted.
But luckily the walks didn’t end there. While I didn’t walk them as full-time regular clients I walked them so often over the last few years that I felt completely comfortable as if they were my own dogs. Bizou lived up to Trissa’s warnings but she (Bizou) had a way of convincing me that it wasn’t her being naughty just another way to have some fun.
I have so many memories of Bizou which make me smile inside and laugh out loud.
I remember the one and only time she slipped out of my vision was one morning when we arrived at Mort Bay (I had been walking the girls for a fair amount of time by then and knew them very well), I let them both off leash and Bizou just bolted. After a bit of yelling and holding my breath, 30 seconds later she came sprinting back with a fully intact large loaf of bread in her mouth. She proceeded to bounce up to me as if to say ‘come chase me’. I admit it, I did chase her, I wanted to get that mouldy loaf of bread out of her mouth and into the bin! But being peak time for off leash play down in the park, I had 10 or so other dogs to compete with. So there I was, part of a huge pack of dogs all chasing Bizou around the park for a good 10/15 minutes, it was chaos! I don’t know how but eventually I got the two half’s out of Bizou & Baci’s mouths pretty much uneaten. The whole time I chased her I remember I was almost crying with laughter as it felt like I was in some sort of circus show (other dog owners watched on laughing).
There were times like that, that Bizou just made my day in the craziest possible way. And then I remember the times when she could be so sooky and sweet. Like when I had to take her to the vet on numerous occasions due to her many ear infections (too much swimming) or having a mole removed etc. She would love the idea of going to the vet (for treats) until we pushed past the front door and then she’d stick to me like glue (literally). She would only go where I went and I had to hug her just so the vet could check her ears or take her temperature.
One day I saw Bizou & Baci being walked down the street with Nito (their uncle). I was in the front passenger’s seat of our car and we had stopped at the lights. I hadn’t seen the girls in a few weeks so without thinking about it I wound down the window and called out with excitement. The girls pulled Nito over to the car and Bizou jumped up with her front paws on car door and leaned in and licked my face (and ear) as the lights turned red we had cars beeping!.
She was just so super affectionate.
Bizou always stuck by me on walks, she would bolt towards me if ever I got down on the ground to take photos and she would forget to break and slam into me jumping all over and showering me with kisses. I called her my Biz-ou-zoo and often would lift up her ear when Baci was off sniffing and whisper “even though you can’t do all the fancy tricks and your naughty, you are my favorite Biz-ou-zoo”.
Of course as a dog walker and owner of multiple dogs I really don’t have any favorites, my favorite is always the dog closest to me at the time. Bizou just happened to always be there listening to me whisper in her ear.
The last few walks I took the girls on together were such beautiful days. We played ball games and they played with some of their friends, it was just perfect. I remember trying to take a photo of Bizou from one angle and she just burrowed her head under my arm and leaned up to kiss my cheek. Some how I snapped my camera and managed to get an out of frame shot of me and Bizou having one of our last hugs.

Me & Bizou 

It has taken me so long to sit down and write about Bizou, even now I can’t help but cry. Its been a really painful time coming to terms that Bizou is no longer with us.
An unfortunate car accident one Saturday morning that poor Bizou could not survive. It was the morning of our Doggie Donation Day drive so I was with Trissa setting up our collection table out the front of Woolies when Trissa got the call from her husband that Bizou had been in an accident. We raced over to meet Dan & Bizou at the vet. Bizou was not doing so good.  It was extremely difficult and heartbreaking to witness, we hugged and kissed her and urged her to stay with us but she slipped away. I whispered in her ear one last time and told her that I loved her and that she was my favorite. Poor Trissa and Dan were in shock, shattered and devastated. They are strong people and as I always say wonderful owners. The girls had everything a dog could need or want and more.
Baci is doing ok. She has just had knee surgery and her parents are taking the best of care of her. Baci is getting double the hugs and now she even listens to my ear whispers, as if she somehow understands that we are both grieving her sister.
Bizou didn’t live a long life but she lived a full life. She loved the water, she loved playing with new and old friends, she loved her food and treats, she loved cat chasing, she loved to discover something new, she loved belly rubs, she loved ball games, stick games and games in genral, she loved her sister, her uncles, her aunts, cousins, grandparents and of course her mum and dad.
Bizou will always be in my heart and my memories. I loved her so very much. How lucky I was to get that phone call one Friday night.
Bizou’s mum Trissa has a wonderful blog which is beautifully written, in her own perfect words you can see Trissa’s tribute to Bizou here http://trissalicious.com/2011/08/14/bizou/
Here are some of my favorite photos of Bizou.
Bizou would refuse to smile on occasions particularly when I was making her wait for a treat, she was stubborn!
I love that I have these and can always look back and smile.

Bizou (from my iphone) running up the beach after a swim with a massive smile on her face (Fritz, Tinoh & Baci up the back).

Bizou & Baci sisters

Trudeau, Bizou & Baci

Bizou & Baci

Bizou

Bizou (and Baci up the back)

Bizou & Tinoh

Bizou & Baci Christmas 2010

Bizou just after her mole was removed

Bizou

Bizou & Baci

Bizou & Tinoh early one morning

Bizou & Tinoh early one morning

Baci & Bizou with me on our second walk

Baci & Bizou

Bizou & Baci

Fritz, Tinoh, Otto, Bizou & Baci. 

Baci, Bizou & Maddy

Maddy & Bizou

Baci & Bizou

Bizou & Baci

Bizou & Baci

Bizou & Baci

Bizou & Baci

Baci, Finn & Bizou

Trudeau & Bizou

Baci & Bizou

Baci & Bizou

Baci & Bizou

Bizou

Bizou. I remember that I would walk past her old house on my way to and from various walks and would always see Bizou sticking her head out of the garden over the fence watching me. I would always stop for a pat and to hand out treats to the girls.

Bizou & Baci with me. They were not too happy as we posed right before our walk and it took a while

Shelly, Bizou & Baci

Bizou

Bizou

Bizou & Baci

Bizou

Trudeau & Bizou

Baci & Bizou

Bizou & Baci, not at all impressed with me!

Baci & Bizou a little happier with this choice os halloween headbands

Baci & Bizou, posing for the camera is boring!

Bizou

Baci & Bizou

Bizou

Baci & Bizou

Bizou 

xxx

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One Comment on “In memory of BIZOU

  1. No words can express the amount of sadness I felt hearing about Bizous passing. Calley you wrote such a beautiful post. Thank you for being such a support to Trissa and Dan.

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