Gone But Not Forgotten


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



You may remember Brock. We adopted him 4 years ago from you. He was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia, although the way he behaved you would have never known about his back legs. He loved running everywhere. Brock truly was a gift to us. He was a million dog, he never put a foot wrong ever. A valued member of our family, loved by everyone. We couldn't have been more proud of him.

I write this with sad news. A month ago Brock fractured his front leg. He was operated on and had it pinned with strict rest on the cards. Brock didn't like the rest but he was such an intelligent dog, he knew what he had to do. Another xray at the vets yesterday to see how it was healing. While under anesthetic the vet rang me and told me it wasn't good and they wanted to remove it. We knew that with his hip problems he would not have coped. The vet explained that he would never run again. It would have been a very selfish decision to have his front leg removed. We made the heartbreaking decision to have him put to sleep.

We are heartbroken but we had nothing but a full life with Brock.

Thankyou for letting Brock into our lives.

The Hartleys


It is with great sadness that I am writing to you to let you know that Jasper died last Saturday and we are devastated.

He spent two weeks in Goddards Animal Hospital before we had to make the painful decision to put him to sleep.

He was admitted with vomiting and dehydration. He had a major seizure before the surgical removal of a large stone that he had swallowed which then lead to a chest infection and pneumonia which failed to respond to antibiotics.

I had waited so long for my lovely dog and my time with him was cut way too short but I am so glad that we did have this time with him.

We have some great memories of spending time with him on trips to Suffolk, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall.

We plan to scatter his ashes along the walk I did with him every morning.

Thank you for allowing us to adopt him and changing our lives for the better!

Louise and Jerry


Hi John

It is with much sadness that we write to tell you that our beloved Albert has passed away. He unfortunately lost his battle with cancer on Saturday.

Albert was our world, he made up our little family and will be very much missed not only by us but by his grandma and granddad too. Albert was a character, he wore his heart on his sleeve and was always so happy. He lived life to the full, enjoying many holidays and country walks. He had a huge appetite - not only for food but for life, everything was made into a game. You would never have known he was so poorly as he still enjoyed his walkies and playing games right up to the end. We hope he is now making new friends at Rainbow Bridge

Albert enriched our lives and we are heartbroken that he is no longer with us.


Alison and Paul



Hi John

Honey came to us from CAESSR in January 2012 (age 7) and soon became a well loved member of the family. A walk was not a walk without a muddy puddle where she would take great pleasure swishing around laughing at us!

She accompanied us to cricket matches to watch our son or daughter play.

At home, Honey liked to greet us with a slipper or shoe so we were forever chasing around looking for missing footwear. She loved to curl up on the sofa for a cuddle and a snooze or to watch Have I Got News For You on the t.v.

Over the last few months we noticed Honey slowing down and while we were away in the Lake District on holiday in February the vet called us to confirm she had Cushing's Disease. On our return home Honey began treatment but deteriorated quickly and unfortuately we had to say goodbye to her at the end of March 2015.

We have lots of photos of Honey from our last holiday with her. Lots of memories. She was a special girl and with us for only a short three years.

Gone from our sight, but never our memories,

Gone from our touch, but never our hearts.

Jacquie, Nigel, Josh & Esther

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