Gone But Not Forgotten



Hi Ian & Di

I am writing to you with some very sad news. Our dog, Barney, passed away yesterday after a year long battle with cancer. We had him since he was 5 years old (and he made it to 13.5 years old) and he brought so much joy into our lives. We are grateful to the charity for placing him with us to care for him.

It was a very rare form of cancer to which there was no cure. However, we put him on chemotherapy which bought him some more time which we all enjoyed to the full as we both retired about 12 months ago. The first chemotherapy did not actually work but he was a great fighter and he bounced back when we tried another type of chemotherapy.

We were in close contact with the vet throughout this time and his advice was invaluable. He never complained when needles and drips were inserted and he quite looked forward to visiting the vets as there were lots of nurses fussing over him which he enjoyed immensely.

He had so much love for all people that he will be sorely missed by everyone that he came in contact with.

At the moment we are not looking to replace him as it will be a very hard thing to do but I think that we will get another dog in the future and may be back in touch with you when things are less raw.

Thank you again for all the great work that you do - the re-homed dogs are very lucky indeed.

Best wishes

Doug & Jill


Hi Ian
I am sorry to inform you but  our Ruby left us on friday after 10 amazing years thank you for letting her come to us. MY heart is breaking but she had an amazing time with us after lots of hard work.
Thank you 
Susan and simon


In April 2011 we came to CAESSR kennels to look at Barney who was then only 11 months old and brought him home.

Barney soon became an important part of our family even though sometimes he could be stubborn but always made us laugh.

He helped me through my brain injury by being my constant companion.

Unfortunately he was diagnosed with Cushings Disease last year which we had got under control with medication until February this year when we saw a big change in him, after months of vets visits and more medication and tests, cancer had developed which could have been there a while but Cushings can hide it.

On Sunday 28th April we had to say our final goodbye a decision we found ripped our hearts out, but to see him out of pain helped.

Thank you Caessr for our beautiful boy, and continue to make other people as happy as we were with Barney.

Anne & Craig  💔



Back in October 2013, we visited the CAESSR kennels and brought home with us a treasure; an 8 year old chocolate working cocker spaniel called May. The plan was for her to be a companion for our black Labrador, Diesel. May took this on and much more; entertainer, companion, joker, visitor at a local retirement home, but most of all my confident and soul mate whilst I was having chemotherapy.

Today (22nd March 2019) we had to say our final “good night and sleep well” to our gorgeous girl. Old age finally took its toll on our little darling.

She will be sorely missed by us and our friends, but we thank CAESSR for matching us with May and to the gamekeeper who donated her to your organisation thereby giving us over five years of her retirement years.

Keep up the good work - all of your dogs deserve their forever home!

Much love,

Lin and Clive



Good morning Ian…….we re-homed Toby from you in October 2013.

Sadly we had to have him put to sleep on the 7th March, so we had him as part of our family for 5 ½ years

He was a wonderful dog in every way and brought us so much joy…we will miss him terribly.

We are now at an age where re-homing another Springer (Toby was #5 ) would not be right for us or the dog. However, if as we have done a couple of times, we can help you here in the south by visiting/assessing prospective re-homers for your dogs , please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please find attached a pic of Toby, he was a real news hound.

I have also attached a poem by R C Lehman which was published in ‘Punch’ in 1902 Originally ‘’Rufus a Spaniel’’

This was copied to me by a friend nearly 30 years ago when we lost our first Springer, and I have subsequently changed the name to those of our dogs as we lost them. We think it says it all about this wonderful breed.

Thank you for all the good work that you do

Kind regards

Chris and Bob

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