Hi Ian, Di and John,

It’s with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I have to inform you that Barney (formerly Buddy) has passed away.

After a short illness suffering from a blood disease he passed away on 10th May.

He seemed to be responding well from medication, but took ill on the Tuesday, and after an overnight stay at the vets passed away early Wednesday morning.

We travelled to you from Lincolnshire in August 2011 after spotting him on your site. We told everyone” we’re getting a dog!” Oh that’s nice they said, “He’s a rescue”, Ohhh! They said, “He’s a Springer”, ARE YOU MAD they said.

To be fair for the first few months we did wonder!

In that time Barney did show aggression, and did bite a neighbour, resulting in a couple of stiches! Worrying times.

He needed time, space and leadership, and lots and lots of love.

Barney 2 gbnfBoy were we rewarded, in the six short years we have had the honour of sharing our lives with him, he has given us so much in return.

He has been our friend, our comfort and always our shadow, where we were, he was.

He has had two cruciate ligament operations in that time, but has led a full and enjoyable love filled life, appeared as ‘Mr December’ in your 2013 calendar, and travelled on some fantastic holidays in the Scottish highlands, Northumberland, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Thank you for the opportunity to have owned such a wonderful dog, and more so to have had such a wonderful friend.

Bill Weavin and family


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