Dear John and Di
We write with the devastating news that Sam, our beloved cocker spaniel died yesterday just 6 months after his brother Harvey. We met the boys at your Stoke on Trent kennels in May 2011. They were 8 years old when they joined us in the Forest of Dean and brought such joy to us and our family.
Following the death of his litter sibling brother, Sam did amazingly well and soon adapted to life as an only dog. He had such a gentle nature always giving far far more than ever he took and never ever complained. The first sign that Sam was off colour was at the beginning of May. Blood tests indicated he had pancreatitis. He responded well to a course of antibiotics, was soon back to his old self, and at the age of 12 was circuiting our large garden as if in training for the Olympics, rolling on his back kicking his legs in the air and enjoying his woodland walks. Within 3 weeks, his symptoms reoccurred and following two further courses of antibiotics and displaying signs of a distended abdomen, he had an ultrasound scan which detected an abdominal mass which was compromising his organs. Following a great deal of heart searching and in the knowledge that his condition was rapidly deteriorating, we opted for surgery to give him a fighting chance. When this confirmed an Easter egg sized intestinal mass close to his stomach, we knew it was time to let him go.
Whilst we have a massive void in our lives, Sam is now somewhere over the rainbow with Harvey.
We are privileged to have had Sam and Harvey in our lives.
Bob and Daphne 26.6.15