Gone But Not Forgotten

SCAMP

Dear John,

It's with great sadness and tears in my eyes that I am emailing to let you know that we had to have Scamp put to sleep yesterday.

He started with severe diarrhoea last Monday, over the week it got worse (to the point where he was passing only blood). We tried antibiotics and he deteriorated so stayed in the vets overnight on Friday. We brought him home Saturday. He wasn't himself, wouldn't eat anything at all (including roast chicken I’d cooked for him), he could barely walk and just lay in his bed staring into space. He wasn’t his usual happy self. He was the same yesterday and we felt it wasn’t fair on him as he was suffering. He'd had a lump on his good leg for the last six months, I’d been measuring it (as the vet had advised) and it had grown by 1 and a 1/2 cm. And he'd lost over a kilo in the last 6 weeks despite eating the same. We don't know for sure but both us and the vets suspect the lump was probably a cancer tumour but given he'd got muscle wastage from his knee problem there wasn't any point in doing tests to find that out as he couldn't have had his good leg amputated as wouldn't be able to stand and given his age, there seemed little point.

Scamp was such a lovely happy boy and had become a massive part of our family since last May when we fostered him. He was a delight to have, was great company for our dog Poppy and it was our absolute pleasure to give him a loving home. We are all very upset and missing him terribly.

Thank you for allowing us to foster him and I'm sorry to email with bad news,

Kind regards

Emma

SADIE

Hi John

As you know Sadie had a mammary tumour and over the last few weeks it grew in size which was causing her some discomfort. We took her to the vet last Monday and after she was examined we were told that the tumour was affecting Sadie's respiratory system and her heart rate was very shallow. We were given three options

  1. To operate to remove the tumour but the vet didn't think that Sadie would recover from it,
  2. Give her antibiotics and pain relief but this would not cure her only make her comfortable,
  3. To have her put to sleep.

Sadie will be sorely missed as she became an integral part of our family, not least by our other cocker, Charlie. Although we only had Sadie with us for a little over three years we have many fond memories of her, like the first time we took her to the beach and she followed Charlie into a rock pool not realising how deep the water was, well at least we found out she could swim!! and how excited she got when she saw the caravan pull up outside the house meaning another weekend away.

In time we would like to offer another cocker a forever home.

Sherrie and Andy

STANLEY

09/01/2003 - 08/01/15

Stan came in to our lives in July 2004. He was 18 months old and a total hooligan. He had been in a cage for the best part of his young life. So there was a lot to do.

Initially Stan was our son's dog. Stan came to us every working day to be "dog-sat", along with our other dogs and he slotted in really well. A lasting memory is of him arriving at our house at 8 am riding "shot-gun" in the front of our son's partner's sports car, and dashing through the garden to collect his early morning treat.

He was famous for one special day—Stan was the model on top of their wedding cake — not the bride and groom — but a Springer Spaniel.

Stan came to live with us permanently when our first grandson was born. The last six years have been "interesting" — never a dull moment. Yes, Stan was a handful — a total Springer Spaniel. Prodigious food thief —spinning a pan of Spaghetti Bolognese over the hob and kitchen floor. Stan had quite a collection of incidents —too many to mention here — but one look from those big brown eyes was enough for him to be forgiven and he knew it. Despite his "challenging" behaviour we persevered with him and he did eventually calm down, especially as he grew older. Stan became a much loved and precious family pet. He was gentle and patient with the grandchildren and very loving to all he met. Stan returned all the work we all put in with him during those first few years a thousand fold - he will be a hard act to follow.

Stan passed away suddenly in the early hours of 08/01 — the day before his 12th birthday. We are totally bereft. Stan was a huge part of all our lives — OUR VERY OWN "STRONG-MINDED" BUT "DARLING BOY."

Norma, David and Philip and B Edwards

HARVEY

Dear John an Di

It is with sadness that we write to let you know that Harvey lost his his fight for life on Sunday aged 11 years and 7 months.

Harvey and his sibling Sam joined us in the Forest of Dean in 2011 when they were 8 years old. We knew that Harvey had a stent fitted as a puppy and soon after his arrival here, our vet put him on daily medication as he was showing signs of breathlessness. This served him well and he enjoyed daily woodland walks and regular trips to the coast where he chased seagulls and swam in the sea. Harvey, a blue roan, was a stunner and frequently received compliments about his good looks and big dark brown eyes. He and Sam were adored by all of the family especially our grand daughters.

The ageing process gradually took hold and he found it more and more difficult to keep pace with his brother. In August this year he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Additional medication to relieve fluid retention and to control his blood pressure was prescribed giving him a further 4 months with us. He never complained and retained his dignity to the end when we needed to make the dreaded final visit to the vet. Harvey and Sam had always lived together - soul mates. Harvey was the more anxious of the brothers and experienced high levels of anxiety if separated from Sam.

Sam was with him until the end. We miss him terribly but are now dedicating our time to Sam to help him adjust to being an only dog. Sam is helping us adjust too.

We feel privileged to have had Harvey in our lives and will never forget him.

Bob, Daphne and Sam (17-12-2014)

Jasper

Dear Diana,

 

Sadly we must inform you that Jasper died last Friday evening .He had been a bit under the weather since lunch time and we thought that we may need to go to the vet the following day, however we went out for a short time in the evening and when we returned he was dead.

We had been on holiday in Wales during the week and Jasper enjoyed playing on the beech — I hope that the enclosed photograph taken two days before he died conveys this.

When he came to us we took him to the vet who told us that he had a heart murmur and our new vet confirmed this just before we went away and was talking about ECG etc on our return, unfortunately we were not in time.

He has given us much joy over the last two and a half years — certainly the most gentle dog we have ever had. We hope that we also hope that he felt wanted and loved over the same period.

Alison and Robert (01-11-2014)

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