Gone But Not Forgotten

DYLAN (was Darth)

Dear John,

As soon as you brought Dylan out he ran in the wrong direction, but eventually he came to us and sat directly on my daughter’s knee. I think that was when we fell in love with him. We could have taken him home straight away. When we picked him up from the vets, after his dental work, we thought he might be a bit subdued... but he was very lively and ready to pull us up the road to the car.

He was adventurous, playful and always had his nose to the ground following a scent which often landed him in some of the smelliest mud you can imagine. He didn't learn that this would result in him having a bath.

He often chased the chickens but when he'd 'caught' them, he didn't quite know what to do with them, so just nudged them along the ground with his nose.

Whilst we loved him dearly, he wasn't perfect. He liked to protect me (or a sock, or a shoe, or a blanket), quite fiercely sometimes, but it was only the other dogs he was protecting me from... the cat and humans were ok, apparently.

He was always the first face at the back door when I came home from work, and always brought me a 'present' (a shoe, or a towel or whatever was available) and raced round the garden with it.

The day we lost him was heart-breaking, and I'll always miss that funny little face at the window.

Linda

BORIS

Hi John,

I just want to let you know that Boris is gone. He recovered and healed very well after the surgery and he enjoyed few weeks collar free with no pain. He had blood test done three weeks ago or there abouts as the pre-op bloods showed that his kidney were poorly. Last blood test showed that even with the tablets it is not getting any better but Boris was symptom free and in no pain.

In past few days he deteriorated further and this morning was very poorly. He wouldn't eat or drink, he was very weak and lethargic. We took him to vets, luckily the vet on call was Boris's vet. She had taken some bloods and the kidneys were very poorly, his heart rate was very high, and the blood test showed some changes to the liver now. It was lost battle but the only good outcome is that he no longer suffers. He lost a lot of weight in past few weeks and it was heartbreaking seeing him fading away.

But he is in a better place now...we just need to deal with it now, it is so awful without him.

Anyway I thought you ought to know.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity of having such a great dog, so loving and loyal. We will always remember our Boris-ky.

Kasia and Sean Doran

SAFI

 

Safi was 1 of 9 pups from Mali (mum) & Becks (dad), we decided to keep one of the pups as she was the one that seemed to be more attached to her parents. Unfortunately circumstances meant I left Becks to go to another home and shortly after Mali went too, distraught as i was I sooner knew that it would not be long before i had to let Safi go.

She was looked after by a couple in Bristol who had two other springs called Izzy & Tweed, against all rules they allowed us to continue seeing Safi when we could. She was so happy and i was made up that she had the run of conservation area and two friends to keep her company, unfortunately on the 27th November 2011 i got a phone call to say she had gone missing on one of her run abouts, despite posters and a lot of people trying to look for her she didn't turn up. I got a phone call a week later and a day after my Dad's funeral to say she'd been found by the railway tracks. The light in my heart faded to lose so much in such a short time. There is never a day that I wish i was with her, She was so lively and loved children and running free. I cannot ever thank my new friends for giving her a new and happy life, she was 2 weeks away from her 4th birthday. Words can never express how she brought happiness and joy into the lives of everyone who met her.

My son Sacha gave her a nickname "Safwaf" which she had from about 6 months. Safi loved her cuddles and would often sit next to me with her head resting on my lap cos she loved her back rubs, there is never a day that I wonder what she's doing probably chasing all the other springers up there. I really hope that when it's my time that there is a chance I will see everyone I've lost and my little Safi..Never Ever Forgotten, and Always in My Heart !

People who have never owned a dog will miss the unconditional love and friendship that they bring to our lives, to all on here that have lost their springer or cocker, I sympathise with your loss and know how you feel !

Warren

SAFI (2)

 

Safi was 1 of 9 pups from Mali (mum) & Becks (dad), we decided to keep one of the pups as she was the one that seemed to be more attached to her parents. Unfortunately circumstances meant I left Becks to go to another home and shortly after Mali went too, distraught as i was I sooner knew that it would not be long before i had to let Safi go.

She was looked after by a couple in Bristol who had two other springs called Izzy & Tweed, against all rules they allowed us to continue seeing Safi when we could. She was so happy and i was made up that she had the run of conservation area and two friends to keep her company, unfortunately on the 27th November 2011 i got a phone call to say she had gone missing on one of her run abouts, despite posters and a lot of people trying to look for her she didn't turn up. I got a phone call a week later and a day after my Dad's funeral to say she'd been found by the railway tracks. The light in my heart faded to lose so much in such a short time. There is never a day that I wish i was with her, She was so lively and loved children and running free. I cannot ever thank my new friends for giving her a new and happy life, she was 2 weeks away from her 4th birthday. Words can never express how she brought happiness and joy into the lives of everyone who met her.

My son Sacha gave her a nickname "Safwaf" which she had from about 6 months. Safi loved her cuddles and would often sit next to me with her head resting on my lap cos she loved her back rubs, there is never a day that I wonder what she's doing probably chasing all the other springers up there. I really hope that when it's my time that there is a chance I will see everyone I've lost and my little Safi..Never Ever Forgotten, and Always in My Heart !

People who have never owned a dog will miss the unconditional love and friendship that they bring to our lives, to all on here that have lost their springer or cocker, I sympathise with your loss and know how you feel !

Warren

BRODIE

On the 12th may 2012 a bright light came into our life, Brodie.He was black and tan, but looked like his feet and tummy had been dipped in cream. We had just lost Danny, our ESS to lymphoma and Minnie and I needed another partner for our walks.

We met up with John at Wren Kennels on the Saturday morning and Mike brought Brodie out to meet us and we immediately fell in love with him. We took him for a quick walk with Minnie to see how they got on and all seemed well, so we set off back to Oakham with our new friend.

He quickly made himself at home and loved his food, walks, water and all the love he was getting. We made plans for a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads and I was so looking forward to seeing Brodie and Minnie enjoy splashing around in the river.

He was such a well trained dog who would sit, wait, stay, give paw and was an expert at fetching balls, but as the days went by he started to display more and more signs of aggression in the house towards my Daughters dog, Jess, our dog Minnie and against Pauline, David and myself. When he went into one of these rages he lost total control, it was almost like somebody had switched a light on and until it was switched off he was out of control. As he was our 5th Spaniel I wasn't going to give up on him that easily, although my family were now beginning to be very concerned about him and I have to admit there were times when he frightened me.

Brodie was such a bright dog and soon realised that when we went for the paper each day he got a biscuit off the owner, but Sunday morning she wasn't in and he didn't get his biscuit and was most put out. He also knew he got a Rodeo after his evening meal and a Dentystyk at bedtime. On Sunday 17th June, however, he went too far and I contacted John to say I would have to return him the following day as we did not feel we could trust him anymore, I cried all night after making the call.

The following morning I fed and walked him as normal and kept thinking “have I made the right decision”, but I knew I could not risk him attacking my Granddaughter who is a regular visitor.

Brodie was great travelling in the car and never murmured as we drove back to Stoke but I wouldn't have heard him as I was crying so much and when I got back to the kennels he jumped out and you would never have dreamed he could have had such a split personality. I gave him a big hug and kiss and John took him off to see Neil, one of the trainers for a 4 week assessment. I cried all the way home having to return Brodie so quickly after losing Danny has really affected me badly and I am now on anti-depressants and being treated for severe anxiety by my GP as I couldn't rest until I found out how Brodie was.

Sadly, this morning I have learnt from Di that after being assessed, Brodie was found to be suffering from "Spaniel Rage" and could not be placed with another owner, so with great reluctance was PTS. At least I have closure now and can hopefully move on with my life now with Minnie and our new puppy, Dennis, but I will always remember Brodie fondly for the 5 short weeks he was with us for all the great times we had together, the memories of him enjoying himself when he was obviously not a well boy. I have a canvas photo of him which is almost life sized and it will have pride of place in our house alongside Danny and I will never forget him. I would never wish the same to happen to anybody else, 5 weeks is such a short time but I fell in love with my boy as did everyone who knew him.

I would ask that breeders take more care when having puppies so that this illness does not carry on. And, for folk wishing to have Caessr take over their dog, please be honest when describing why you want your dog rehomed. It will save such a lot of heartache in the longterm.

Thanks to John and Di for all their help and understanding. Brodie you were one in a million and I know you know I loved you to bits, so please look down on us kindly from "Doggy Heaven"

John

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