It gives me great sadness to announce that our beautiful deerhound Wallace passed away a few weeks ago. What can I say about Wallace? He was such a gentle dog and truly came to life in his playful moments. When I first met him he had huge bursts of energy and loved running on the beach and chasing kangaroos. Over the years his temperament began to slow down, particularly when we moved to warm and sunny Townsville. This is normal for a deerhound as they age and Wallace transitioned into his “retirement” with ease.
Wallace’s death was something we had started to suspect was imminent when his health started to decline rather rapidly. I can’t say it wasn’t still a shock though, I guess you can never completely mentally prepare yourself for the loss of a beloved animal.
When putting this post together, I scoured every photo of Wallace we’ve got, selecting only the best photos of his most memorable moments. Once I started going through the shortlisted photos however, I realised that so many of them are already featured on this blog. Wallace was a huge part of our lives, and if you are a regular reader of It’s A Dull Life I think that would be very apparent to you.
Instead of cramming this post full of miscellaneous photos, I stumbled upon this set from 2017 that I have never featured on the blog before. It was a typical Saturday morning and we had taken Wallace for a run on a baseball pitch in Geelong. Afterwards we went out for breakfast with friends and just had a really lovely day together. It felt fitting to share these images in remembrance of him.
As for my relationship with Wallace, things really blossomed for us during the periods when Jordan would be away from home. He was such a comfort to me and a consistent companion during those lonely weeks. Particularly during our first few months in Townsville when I was heavily pregnant and extremely housebound due to the humidity. In my loneliest of days, he was always there.
Oh Wallace, how we miss you so. I’m so grateful for the time we had with you, our lives truly were enriched with you in it. We’ll never forget you, boy.