Sui Irwin

Sui Irwin

Death 23 Jun 2004 (aged 15)
Beerwah, Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland, Australia
Burial Beerwah, Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland, Australia
Memorial ID 15618712 · View Source
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Sui was the beloved companion of Steve and Terri Irwin. Their daughter, Bindi, was named after their favorite croc and her middle name, Sue, is after Sui.

These words are Steve's about his "best girl":

My sweet little Sui was born on Christmas Day 1988. I brought her home when she was just six weeks old and we became inseparable friends. She was supposed to be a purebred Staffordshire Bull Terrier, but she never quite looked the part. I always called her my Staffordshire Bull Scrub Yowie! She was the runt of the litter, but she definitely had the most heart.

She is the love of my life. I was devastated in 1998 when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer; she died once on the veterinary operating table in 1990, my Mum and my Sister Mandys dog saved her life with 2 complete blood transfusions; Wes saved her from certain death when she was impaled through the eye and out through the ear on a wild boar tusk. She's been running on one lung losing one to a poison; her cruciate ligament snapped in a car crash and so forth and so on. She's tough - here's some of her story.

When I first met Terri, Sui was incredibly jealous. Sui would sit in the front of my 4WD and wouldn't let her in. Sometimes she'd refuse to even look at her. The wife and the girlfriend sorted it out and loved each other happily ever after.

Just as soon as Sui saw the swag come out she'd drive us crazy as she knew that we were going bush - her favourite place, mine too.

She absolutely adored the boat and catching crocodiles. In fact she lived for it, just like me. It's all we did for many, many years so we were best mates, boyfriend/girlfriend, and so close to each other we could communicate with eye movements alone.

My girlfriend has been my family and Wes my best mate's loyal friend, protector and wildlife warrior since she was born Christmas day 1988.

I wish our pets could live as long as us! Sui's cancer finally catches up on her early in June 2004. Her nose kept bleeding profusely but she wasn't in any pain. We took her to the finest veterinarians in the country and consulted specialists. Her time was running out.

At 16 years old she was diagnosed as extremely old, in excellent condition, in no pain and probably had less than a week to live. I cried and cried - I didn't want to lose my best friend and most loyal companion. So in the last few days of her life I rolled out my swag and slept with her just like the good old days. She loved it, all curled up together heart to heart.

On Wednesday 23rd of June sui passed away in mine & Wes's arms. Wes and I had spent 16 years loving each other and shared her transition from life to death. It hurt so, so much. We cried unbearably for hours as we dug a hole in her backyard and laid her to rest.

God bless her soul. Her spirit will live forever.

Bindi took great care in placing flowers on her grave.

Bindi gave me great strength while I mourned Sui's death. Sui protected Bindi for six years - it was so funny - no-one was allowed to muck with Bindi whilst Sui was guarding her. Then Bindi would put bows in her hair and play Barbies with her, we lost count how many times Bindi fell asleep on top of a very, very patient Sui. She was also Bob's first animal love. We'll miss you mate.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sui Irwin (25 Dec 1988–23 Jun 2004), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15618712, citing Australia Zoo, Beerwah, Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by Gayla (contributor 23221641) .