Gone But Not Forgotten



archie gbnf

We just wanted to let you know of the heartbreaking news that we had to say goodbye to our wonderful Springer Archie last week. We fell on our feet when we rehomed Archie from CAESSR in January 2011 and in the time since have been on many wonderful adventures together. Archie, who was loved and adored by everyone who met him, passed away peacefully after 15 ½ fun-packed years.

He was the best decision we ever made.

Yours sincerely

Matthew & Sarah Hirst


Holly GBNF

Holly came to us in October 2012 aged 22 months, she was a joy from day one. She was a perfect family dog coming with us on all our holidays loving the beaches as much as us.

Until last year she had always been in perfect health, she suffered a vestibular attack in early 2023 but quickly recovered. Sadly just before Christmas she was found to be suffering from Ecoli which knocked her for six but she came through that only for us to find that she was in kidney failure. She was a brave girl to the end and her loss has left us with a deep sadness but also a huge sense of gratitude that you were able to rehome her with us all those years ago. She was the kindest, most loyal fun loving dog we have ever had the privilege of owning. Thank you CAESSR.

Gill & Martin Revell


Tilly gbnf 3

Dear Ian

In 2016 my husband John and I came over to Stoke to view a 7 year old springer spaniel named Tilly who was available for possible re-homing. Tilly was a working gun dog whose master was sadly dying of cancer and the family could no longer care for her. We were terribly indecisive, having only ever had labradors in the past. Tilly was a 'leap in the dark' for us. and we spent nearly an hour trying to decide if Tilly was right for us. Needless to say we decided to have her.

Just before Christmas last year I held that same Tilly as the vet gently sent her into a 'forever sleep', and release from the very invasive cancer that had spread through her body and was beginning to cause her distress. She was 14 years old and very active until a couple of weeks before I had to say goodbye. Tilly had been my best friend for over 7 years. She was always by my side and together we coped with the very sudden death of my husband just one year after she joined our family. I simply adored her. She had so much joy in life and was so friendly and gentle with everyone. In the 7 years I had her she never snapped or growled at anyone or any other animal. She was simply the best and I loved her more than mere words can ever express.

I just wanted to say a very sincere thank you for all the joy and love Tilly brought into my life

Penny Parker


Jaspa gbnf

This is sent with a heavy heart that 4 and a half years ago we rehomed Jaspa from yourselves at the age of 7.  He had been the most wonderful dog and not a bit of trouble but sadly the last few months have been a testing time with quite a few ailments but we got through them until now and to say I’m heartbroken is an understatement.

Today we have had to let go of Jaspa due to his cancer spreading to his pancreas.

Thank you again for letting us home such a wonderful dog which was in your care. Keep up the good work.

Love Mandy Brown


Keri gbnf


It is with a very heavy heart to let you know that Keri had to be put to sleep last week. She had cancer of the throat and mouth her hearing seemed to be lacking, eyesight not so good either and Keri was very confused she would want to go under the stairs instead of the opposite door into the living room bless her. She was a very much loved dog who also gave that love back. She will be very sadly missed the house is so quiet without her.

I would like to thank everyone involved for letting me spend the time I had with Keri it was very special just like Keri.



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