Rorke’s Drift Part 8 – Two special little dogs.  

From what I can gather Surgeon Reynolds, at Rorke’s Drift, had his own terrier with him but I’ve found two names associated with it. Dick and Jack. According to first hand accounts the little white terrier did his duty alongside the other defenders behind the mealie bags that fateful day. The brave little canine would run along the barricades barking only when he spotted Zulus creeping up to the defences through the shrubs and grass. 

This painting below, from 1885 by Alphonse de Neuville, shows the terrier dead centre next to his master Surgeon Reynolds. 

Surgeon John Reynolds went on to receive a Victoria Cross for his efforts and his dog had a special mention too. 

In the giant Rorke’s Drift set from Warlord games a tiny little terrier was supplied as well. I’m lucky I saw it because it’s so small it could’ve quite easily of fallen onto the cabin floor and never seen again. 

I hadn’t planned on painting him so soon but I felt it a rather fitting tribute to my own little white (with patches) dog Eddie who sadly passed away Friday just gone. 

Eddie was a Jack Russell and was part of our family since 2011. Unfortunately he’d developed a cancerous tumour around his groin and despite many visits to the vet and a specialist and lots of medication he deteriorated rapidly. 

Friday was one of the toughest days I’ve had and I miss him so much already. He was a boisterous little character but always obeyed me but at the same time I encouraged his whacky side. I’d never taken him to puppy school as he just seemed to instinctively know what I wanted him to do. I’d open the door to my truck and he’d hop in. I’d tap my thigh and he’d leap up into my arms. 

So what better way to honour the little man than to incorporate him into one of my favourite battles and projects. 

Sleep well Eddie. 



43 thoughts on “Rorke’s Drift Part 8 – Two special little dogs.  ”

  1. So sorry to hear this mate, I’ve been there myself (as you know) and it’s never easy, he looked like a real character, they say they take after their owners so I bet he was!

    Lovely and fitting tribute to the little fella too.

    Cheers Roger.

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  2. Sorry to read that Luke. Having been there on numerous occasions I know all to well that loosing pets can be devastating. I’m sure you have many fond memories of Eddie to reflect upon but the little painted chap is a fine tribute.

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss of Eddie. My heart really goes out to you guys. As you know we lost our dog recently too and approaching almost 4 months later, I still miss him like crazy and cry periodically. I suspect I might forever. He was the best just as I am sure Eddie was the bestest boi too. ❤

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  4. So sorry pal. Wonderful tribute and I’m sure that little mini that you’ve so lovingly painted will pull at your heartstrings forever – a testament to the love you had for a friend that loved you back unconditionally. RIP Eddy.

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  5. So sorry mate, never easy no matter how many you lose as like you said they are family! we lost one on Christmas eve 2019 and that certainly put a dampener on proceedings as all the pets were always involved with present giving. I’m not looking forward to loosing our old Jack Russell Terry when he goes as like your Eddie we have heaps of fun, the family calls us the two old farts that never grew up!!

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  6. Very touching tribute to your little guy. ❤ I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye. He really sounds like he was quite the awesome dog. Glad he had you and your family to love on him and give him a great life. ❤

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  7. Ah, sorry to hear about Eddie. 😦 I bet he had a great life with you for a pal though and what more could any dog want? Lovely work on Dick (or Jack) – sounds like he was the real hero of Rorke’s Drift. A fine tribute to two excellent dogs.

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  8. This is a wonderful tribute and I’m so sorry to hear about Eddie. My dog is seven and while I hope she’s got plenty of time yet, I know our time with pets is short and losing them is hard. I hope you and your family are doing okay, mate!

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