Gone But Not Forgotten


Charlie GBNF

I’m writing this message with tears running down my cheeks and a massive lump in my throat, sadly giving you our devastating news that our amazing, funny, loving, gorgeous Charlie (Boo) has crossed the rainbow bridge 🌈 . He was THE BEST dog/friend ever and we as a family (and extended family and friends) are heartbroken 💔. Everybody loved Charlie.

He was the ripe old age of 14 and the vet said it was credit to us that he was still so physically fit but sadly doggy dementia got hold and he was now frightened a lot of the time. We made his last day as special as we possibly could. He was hand fed chicken breast for breakfast, had his favourite walk on Heysham Barrows with his best little pal Lexi. The sea was in and the waves crashed against the cliffs, then he, as usual, pulled us into his favourite pub. He was tired and as hard as this has been the vet said we had made the right decision for Charlie. We have cried not rivers but oceans and we all love him so much!

I end by thanking you all so much for giving us the opportunity of rescuing our amazing dog and for the fabulous, happy and many funny, wonderful memories you and Charlie have given us all. He was such a character. He is at peace now and will never be forgotten!! We know he had a great life with us by the seaside and Lake District along with many holidays and we take comfort in that.

Thank you,

Justine, David, Ryan, Zoe & Charlie xxxxx.


Isla Mai gbnf

Hi John, Di and Ian

Sadly Isla Mai went over the Rainbow bridge on Wednesday, June 7th 2023 at the age of 13 years 3 months. We adopted her in July 2015 as a companion for our other CAESSR dog Robbie (ex Scooby) who is still with us. Isla had her own little foibles but we loved her to bits. She loved long walks in the countryside running at top speed up and down hills but always coming back to us to check on us.

She suffered a vestibular episode at Easter. She seemed to have recovered but suffered a major episode at the weekend from which she did not recover.

Thank you CAESSR for all the wonderful work you do.

Charles & Sandra


Maxwell gbnf

Hi there John,

It's with both fondness and great sadness that I am contacting you. My Dad adopted Maxwell a black male cocker spaniel 6 years ago from you. On Sunday we unfortunately had to have Max euthanized as his kidneys had failed and he was very poorly. Over the 6 years of having Max in our family he has brought us great love and joy beyond anything we could of expected. He was the perfect partner and a true pleasure to have we are so very raw and heartbroken 💔 at the moment but he was too precious to us to let him suffer and after very careful consideration the vets advised it was kinder to let max go. We would like to thank you for what Caessr do for spaniels and for bringing Max into our lives. 

Kind Regards


Charlie GBNF5

Dear Diana, John and Ian,
Just to let you know that lovely Charlie, who we got from you in about 2010, went over the rainbow bridge on Friday 4th March 2022 at the grand old age of 15.5 !

He wasn’t an easy dog for the first few years of his life with us in North Yorkshire- he didn’t like to be touched by people he didn’t know, and would sometimes snap at my children’s friends if they tried to cuddle him, but we persevered with him with the help of a dog behaviorist and he mellowed into a delightful old man, as you can see from the photos taken last Christmas and on his last family holiday in February in Devon, just before he life got too painful for him.
He shared his final couple of years with Loopy Lily, an ESS bred by my daughter, and who jollied him along, together with the other dogs in our extended family.

He became more and more deaf as he grew older ( which at least stopped his distressing anxiety with thunderstorms and fireworks!)and more and more lame with arthritis, despite eye watering bills vet bills for medication and herbal remedies, until one day on a short walk, he just couldn’t get up any more, and we knew it was time to say goodbye. We’d already arranged for the vet to come to the house when the time came, as Charlie hated the vet touching him and always had to wear a muzzle to be examined, and we didn’t want him to leave us that way. So he went over the rainbow bridge in a very calm and dignified manner, surrounded with love at home.

So, thank you for letting us take him on. We wish you well for the future.

All the best ,

Chris and Mike


Dear Ian, Di and John

Benson gbnf

It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that after 3 years of utter spaniel joy, we had to say goodbye to Benson yesterday.
He brought so much fun into everything we did and everyone knew his position as my favourite child.
Benson developed a limp in the summer which we initially thought was due to chasing a cat but sadly turned out to be cancer.
We all loved him dearly and will always be grateful for the fun he brought into our lives.

Elise, Duncan and the three less favoured children

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