For those of you familiar with Lauder Lass’s book you will be aware of a horse called, latterly in her book ‘ Queen Bee, a.k.a to us as Didget Doo or Midge. An amazing horse who, after suffering a short illness two years ago, Lauder Lass decided to put on a pedestal and has respected ever since. Although there has been the odd, very odd time when Lauder Lass’s confidence strengthened and she felt she could attempt to domineer her, but after quickly being put in her place Didget doo’s name Queen Bee remained at the top of the hierarchy at all times – even at the age of 32 never mind over the last 7 days when her health took a tumble due to the possible cause of fallen leaves and her aged gut.

After many hours of walking, a number of rolls, numerous small feeds, masses of caring, comforting, many hours of sitting with her and reassuring her she took a turn for the worse during which decisions had to be made for her own comfort.

But tonight there is a stillness in our yard, a stillness of ‘at peace’ with the air of Queen Bee hovering over us protecting us, like a star in the sky, a star who will never ever be forgotten by many but her lack of physical presence will be a massive visual void to all who knew her.

Didget Doo . . . A Beacon of light forever

Not sure how many horses you can say that for, but every word is true for our adorable Mare Didget Doo –

“She protected, comforted, helped, looked after, taught  and cared for many individuals. She helped people with drug and alcohol related issues and reunited many disunited families” there are many things individuals can say about their horse but not many cover the massive area that she has indeed covered  . . . May you forever live in peace and shine over us like beacon on the darkest of nights . . .

We will all miss you, but especially one little person . . . .  you will always be in our hearts Didget Doo.

A massive thank you has to go to Neil from http://www.greensidevets.moonfruit.com/ for all his support through the past ten days of her life, and of course to Morvin for the first visit and Doug for the closure of the final chapter of Didget Doo’s /Queen Bee’s life with the back up of Neil at the end of the phone.

This visit was hard for everyone on the yard not only because we rarely have to call on our Vets but with the type of job afoot and because all the faces had changed at the Vets apart from Neil –  an emotional time – with foreign faces, unfamiliar faces  –  quite a turmoil on the heart strings –

(Separate thank you to Morvin and Doug at the end of this listing and to Nigel and Ewan at the end of this page)

  • Lynsey Lawrence So sorry to hear that midge has passed she was a cracking horse and always willing to please who helped so many over the years RIP didget doo xx
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  • Chloe Paterson Aww thinking about U thank U for letting me ride her xxxxx
  • Mandy Cash Sorry to hear that Judy xxx she is at the rainbow bridge now with all the other animals xxx
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  • Jackie Walker Oh Judi, so sorry to hear this, may her voice still be heard x
  • Judi Gunn She will always be heard by those able to listen . . . thank you Jackie – a massive visual void . . . . and clearly remembered by those many people she helped overcome many an issue . . . .
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  • Judi Gunn https://lauderlass.wordpress.com/…/ a link for those who remember Didget doo . . .

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    For those of you familiar with Lauder Lass’s book you will be aware of a horse c…See More
  • Joan Richardson Judi I am so sorry .. Such a wonderful horse. I’m so glad I got to meet her and give her a hug… XXX
  • Kate Oliphant I actually don’t know what to say Judi, whata shock… I’m so sorry to hear this… Fiona had many good times with queen B and certainly won’t b forgotten xx big hugs xx
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  • Helen Paterson Sorry to hear rest in the comfort her good work done May she rest in peace knowing the lives she has touched and healed xx
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  • Angela Stokes-Monarch Sorry to hear of this passing – sending huge love at this tender time…    xxx
  • Julie Cleghorn Aww so sorry to read that- thinking of you.xx
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  • Mick Archer I love all animals and whilst I dont share many of my feelings in public especially on line. I feel sure that this one,whom I never met is looking down on us all and saying “Neigh do not grieve my passing ! I found love and compassion among your herd and can now enjoy watching over you all. So please do not grieve my passing over into new pasture’s but celebrate my new future”. If I cry then so be it. My respects to Judi Gunn & her team with love from all of our teams.
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  • Amie Moyes So sorry judi, she was a wonderful friend, I know how much she meant to you. She truly had a wonderful life. Hope your ok xxxxxx
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    • Judi Gunn Thank you one and all for your wonderful comments here and in email form . . . . Didget Doo will be buried today – – – a huge thank you to George Runciman for helping with this and to Doug from https://www.facebook.com/greenside.veterinarypractice… vets for making the initial section of this sad day more dignified.

    • Judi Gunn Didget Doo – you are now free and released back to Nature’s way – thank you.
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    • Kathleen Travers Am so sorry Judi. x
    • Judi Gunn Thank you Kathleen – – your words mean a lot, to not only me, but also to the animals she has boldly left behind – each of whom are reacting in different ways – complete confirmation that horses, like elephants and all animals also go through a grieving process . . . . or perhaps a visual void adjustment . . . and confirmation that all humans should also consider animals left behind if another passes on . . . . and also, and more importantly the animal who has passed on should be asked where he/she wants to be buried, if they want to be buried and who they want with them when they are going through that process – – – it gives them and yourself complete closure of that stage in the process –
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    • Judi Gunn A huge thank you to Liz F, one of Lauder Lass’s Poets – for her wonderful words of support, understanding for the animals that Didget Doo has boldly and courageously left behind . . .
    • Judi Gunn Messages here are also being pasted on to Lauder Lass’s wordpress because many people who knew Didget Doo are not on Facebook – hope you don’t mind
    • Judi Gunn Amie, I know your were very fond of Didget Doo . . . and learnt a lot from her when you were tiny . . . each time you visited she never forgot you either did she . . . .
    • Judi Gunn Mick, thank you also for your wonderful heart felt words of wisdom . .
    • Marion McPherson Thinking of you Judi, losing such a special friend x
    • Judi Gunn Thank you Marion – yes, she saw many people through thick and thin, so it’s not just us that will miss her . . . 2 decades and a bit is a long time and has introduced many youngsters and adults to the most magnificent side of the Equine world . . . to…See More
    What more can we say but thank you so much for all your kind words one and all – for this True Equine Hero Queen Bee other wise known as Didget Doo on the yard.

Lauder Lass was particularly grateful to Morvin and Doug for taking 5 minutes out to socialise  with her – the third brief introduction to Vets smells where she coped particularly well. Her last brief social visit was with the Late Ewan Cameron –  The Vet who instigated the brand new Equine Department at http://www.greensidevets.moonfruit.com/

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Didget Doo . . . A Beacon of light forever

Thank you one and all for your wonderful comments here and in email form . . . . Didget Doo will be buried today – – – a huge thank you to George Runciman from Upper Blainslie Farm for helping with this and to Doug from www.facebook.com/greenside.veterinarypractice… vets for making the initial section of this sad day more dignified.

A message for Nigel Brown, thank you for all the things, although few that you have helped with over Didget Doo’s years with us.

A message for Ewan Cameron, thank you for helping Didget Doo two years ago – – – you were extremely sadly missed at the ending of her days –  keep your eye on her for us.  . . thank you.

Monday afternoon, and our Didget doo, is in Queen Bee mode, or in leading position with Billy Bob, Bracken, Apple Crumble and Granny behind. Thank you so much George for being so understanding and slowing down as Judi walked with Didget doo as you took her to her final place of rest  which was in an area not far away from where she would often lie, watching down over all the activity of the yard.

Lauder Lass watched from a distance, Barney was closest – he had known Didget Doo the longest, Boxer used to walk with her where ever she went, until recently anyway – Didget Doo intentionally kept him at a distance I think. Chessie was on the back burner watching every move as he munched away. Ralphi, the little pony who was the first ever to rub against her without receiving toady faces was the person who has been missing her the most over the last few days . . . even when she was poorly he would want to come in to keep her company – – – so humbling.

Once George had finished, the horses walked past serenely except for Ralphi who chose to stand by her grave, paw the ground and roll, just as elephants would do in the wild had they lost a relative/close buddy . . . . .  shortly after they all grazed together.

A final thank you to one and all for being so thoughtful over this sad day.

Didget doo – you are now free and released back to Nature’s way . . . . but visually missed by all left behind . . .

A message for Liz, thank you so, so much for your lovely comforting phonecall this afternoon –  it meant an awful lot . . . .

  • Kathleen Travers Am so sorry Judi. x
  • Judi Gunn Thank you Kathleen – – your words mean a lot, to not only me, but also to the animals she has boldly left behind – each of whom are reacting in different ways – complete confirmation that horses, like elephants and all animals also go through a grieving process . . . . or perhaps a visual void adjustment . . . and confirmation that all humans should also consider animals left behind if another passes on . . . . and also, and more importantly the animal who has passed on should be asked where he/she wants to be buried, if they want to be buried and who they want with them when they are going through that process – – – it gives them and yourself complete closure of that stage in the process
    An email in today which I would like to share with all of you who knew her Written by Liz Finlayson – one of Lauder Lass’s poets : For Didget Doo—much loved and treasured friend to many—ESPECIALLY her Mum Judi.

    A Light has dimmed ,

    A void appears,

    Wounded hearts,

    All those Years—–

    Bonds of Love and Trust—-so Strong!

    Will Never break,

    SHE JOURNEYS ON!

About Judi and Lauder Lass's carers

Animal and Human behaviourist, Animal 'user friendly' trainer, Author, Alternative dietician -
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4 Responses to A massive void but memories forever . . . . .

  1. Lisa Lefemine says:

    big hug and kiss. xxx me and Ankie

  2. kerry says:

    very sad to hear of your loss, she will be galloping high above you enjoying being able again and in no pain anymore xxx

    • Kerry – a lovely vision . . . it’s surprising the little traits Lauder Lass has come up with over the last few days – almost as if Didget Doo/Queen Bee has passed them on because she knows we miss her little antics – – –

      After all the good work Queen Bee did for Society she absolutely deserved to gallop through the golden gates to rainbow bridge . . . .

      Although there was a love hate relationship between her and Charlie Barney, he still calls out for her and our Big boy always looks back thinking she is coming up to join him, . . . maybe she is there . . . . just invisible to us . . . . her heart will go on . . .

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