The Princess Tails

The Musings of Zena, a Tibetan Terrier sharing her life and wisdom with Raffles, a Standard Poodle

RIP DEVON (aka Prissy Paws) 2004 – 2014


So far I have to say that 2014 has turned out to be a tragic year. First we lost the lovely Rosie at the tender age of 4 years and then a few days ago Devon’s battle came to an end.

Devon belonged to The Help’s parents and used to visit us regularly. He never really liked us (or any other dogs) but he did get used to us and tolerated us. We realised that he was never going to play with us and after our initial greeting used to leave him alone. Strangely he used to enjoy the visits.

He would often just sit watching us with his big eyes. I think he thought we were the entertainment!

He had been a champion show dog until his breeders decided to give him up for adoption when he was about four years old. I don’t have a photograph from his show days to show you, but I have seen one and he certainly looked special.

Devon 10 years old

Devon 10 years old

About eight months ago we received the news that Devon had a heart murmur. By the time the vet saw him it was already grade 4 even though all he was showing was a bit of a cough.

We were very sad. The vet thought he had between 3-5 months. In fact he lived another eight months before he showed signs of being uncomfortable. He had a nice quiet life (except when we came to call), and lived a life of privilege. He slept with his people at night (do you hear that Help?), and always enjoyed going out for his sniffs around the beach or nearby reserve. Until the last few weeks of his life his routine didn’t waiver.


He starred in a few of the Princess Tails Fairy Stories before we knew he was sick. His most commanding performance was as the Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws who ended up being turned into a rabbit.

Bunny Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws

Bunny Wicked Wizard Prissy Paws

He was on medicine of course and yet his heart became weaker and although he had a big spirit in that little body, eventually his heart began to cause him to tire and even the 4.00 pm sniffs became too much for him. Still he was allowed to be quiet and sleep when he wanted to. Some days he showed signs of energy and would grab his favourite toy wanting to play for a time before he would become tired again.


Finally last week he went off his food and it became obvious that his quality of life was slipping. He went quietly over the bridge. It was almost as if he was so tired that he welcomed the idea of rest.


Little Devon we are glad you are at peace and hope that you are playing over that bridge with Bella, your lovely Standard Poodle pal, the only dog you’ve ever loved, and you can enjoy feeling young and whole again.

We will miss your sweet nature and your huge eyes and the excited barks you used to give when you arrived to visit – not to mention the sulks when we came to visit you!!

RIP Devon, the house is empty without your quiet but solid little presence and your owners are mourning and missing you more as each day goes by.


Goodbye Devon from a sad Princess Zena and Raffles

Author: Zena

I am The Princess (aka Zena), niece of Zac the All Black and awesome Tibetan Terrier who took me in when I was just a six week pup and tried to teach me all he knew. When I was six and he was eight, Zac crossed over the rainbow bridge and all of a sudden I was alone. I could no longer be the ditzy, happy-go-lucky pup that I had been. This is a diary of how one Princess managed when the world turned real.

33 thoughts on “RIP DEVON (aka Prissy Paws) 2004 – 2014

  1. We are so deeply sorry….what a precious baby. Sending you ((((hugs)))) as well as your Help’s parents.

  2. So sorry to read this. It is always so painful… Sending you hugs.

  3. We are so sorry – sending you, the Help and the Help’s pawrents licks & love.
    Wally & Sammy

  4. Now I’m worried. Devon was born a couple of years after me. Scotties are known for being short lived. I’ll see him soon.

  5. I’m sorry, Zena. I know you’ll miss him and I know how a loss like this brings other losses nearer to the surface again.
    I hope 2014 has some nice things in store for you soon.

  6. Sending you all a big hug!!

  7. I’m so sorry. Fly free Devon.

  8. So many friends leaving for the Bridge this last six months or so…..and I’m so sorry your friend Devon has joined them. I do like thinking of the ones we’ve lost no longer having pain or discomfort though….it helps….but it sure does leave a hole in our hearts doesn’t it Princess Zena? He was sure a cutie…..

    Hugs, Sammy

  9. Oh no, not your Prissy Paws aka Prince Jet… I’m so sad that he had to go to this bridge. I will miss him too and I feel sorry for him, for you and Raffles and your families.

    • Yes, Prissy Paws. No more teasing him and seeing those big eyes glare at me or his little nose turn up in disdain. For such a quiet little guy he has left a big empty space.

  10. Oh no, I’m so sorry to read this. Hugs to you all xxxx

  11. We are so sorry to hear about Darling Devon. It sure hasn’t been a good start to 2014 for you. Sending love and hugs xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  12. oh I’m so sad about your friend, Devon…he looked so cute…I think he’s young again now that he’s over the bridge, and he’s also playing with my old Rosie sister who died a year ago; she was a little Silky Terrier, deaf and almost blind but I’m sure she is young again and playing with Devon, like all our other doggie friends that went over…butterfly kisses to you and Devon’s parents…

  13. I just stopped by to say hi. I hope you’re all okay.

    • Hi Clowie, I appreciate your stopping by and thinking of us. No we are not okay (help speaking) after months of early calls and rushing to hospitals without getting answers, my father died two weeks ago. Needless to say we are very sad and I am busy trying to help my mother deal with the kind of loss you can’t really deal with. So I’m not sure if we’ll get back to blogging, certainly not just yet.
      Thanks for your thoughts.

  14. We are so, so sorry for your loss… Run free, Devon xxx

    Love from Solo and Krissy xxxxx

  15. So sorry to hear of Old Prissy Paws’ passing. 2014 hasn’t been kind to you. Here’s to better fortune.

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