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