Gone But Not Forgotten



Dear Ian, Di and John

I had been meaning to write for ages to let you know how our fabulous Milli was getting on, but now sadly I have to let you know that we lost her two weeks ago.

She was first diagnosed with a mammary tumour in autumn 2013, about a year after we adopted her - it was successfully removed then, but after another operation in June of this year, which at first appeared to be successful and from which she bounced back brilliantly, it seems the cancer caught up with her.

Although she was up and down in the last few weeks, not keen to go for walks and even once or twice not eating all her food (and her a spaniel!), Milli remained the daft, quirky dog we knew and loved right to the end. She still tried to dance for her dinner, or at least caper for it (even when we tried to stop her, thinking she was suffering from arthritis), and she would always thank us by bringing us a 'puppy' - any soft toy she adopted, many of which were soon headless, earless or tailless, as she clearly wasn't the world's best mum! She also loved to use them for tug of war - and, never being one to play 'fetch', she also delighted in persuading us to chase her to try to grab them. Although having reached the ripe age of 12, when one might have expected her to act more maturely, she was still mistaken for a puppy herself until those last few months.


Milli was a fantastic addition to our family and will be very much missed, despite her less pleasant habits such as eating whatever took her fancy - rotting compost and other animals' poo being two of her favourites given half a chance. And at Christmas especially we'll miss the opportunities for new anecdotes, such as the time she ate two Advent calendars (cardboard, foil, chocolate, just not the plastic); a whole bag of silver chocolate coins, yes, including the foil; a packet of Oreos and two packets of Penguins in one night (how she managed to reach things pushed back on the work surfaces we'll never know - unless the cat joined in, which we know happened at least once with some sausages....). We can only assume milk chocolate isn't always poisonous to all dogs as she never seemed to suffer ill-effects - just producing some very sparkly deposits on subsequent walks.

Thank you for pairing us up with her back in August 2012. From the moment she bounded out to us looking for treats (notwithstanding the fact that she needed to lose 3.5kg!), she was an absolute joy for us - you couldn't have found us a better friend. I just wish that we could have had the pleasure of her company more than those four brief years.

With all best wishes (until perhaps we come to visit you again...)

Carol, Alistair, Maya and Grace


Hi Di and John

I thought I would drop you a mail to let you know that sadly and very suddenly Morgan passed away last night. We adopted Morgan from yourselves almost 5 years ago and he has been a huge part of our family brining great times and lots of happiness.

He was taken ill about 8pm last night and passed by 9pm the vets think he had a tumour that bled and led to his death.

We are all in shock here at the speed this all happened, we had our usual Sunday run around Bolam Lake in Northumberland in the morning and there were no signs of anything wrong until 8pm.

Ginny our other adopted dog from you is already missing him as she looked to him for confidence and he was pivotal in helping us bring her out of her shell.

I have attached couple of pictures for you, he was a fabulous dog and we were privileged to have him in our family.

Kind Regards



Dear John Di & Ian,

It is with great sadness that we have to report the loss of our dear Kes. We took the heart wrenching, but in our eyes, correct decision to end her suffering. She had recently undergone an operation to remove a mammary tumour, but post operatively had suffered severe breathing problems. She was 15 yrs old.

Kes came to us originally, as a short term foster, post major surgery for pyometra and a series of mammary tumours. As an ex breeding bitch, she had really been through the mill, and when she arrived with us she wasn't expected to survive the night. The next morning, she was a different dog and our short term foster turned instantly into a permanent home ! That was over 5 years ago - the start of a new life for her, and for us.

She settled in well with our other dogs and rapidly became Jane's shadow, literally following her everywhere. The only time she strayed was exploring a rabbit hole on Barlaston Downs.

Our lives have been greatly affected by Kes - she is, and will remain sadly missed by Jane, myself and our two other CAESSR adoptees Jasper (a Springer) and Amber (a working Cocker).

Tony and Jane


It is with very great sadness that I am letting you know that our very dear cocker spaniel, Honey, passed away on Monday. She was nearly 11. She had developed liver disease and had been on a drip, on and off for weeks. For the final week she wouldn’t eat, so was getting weaker and weaker. We couldn’t bear to see her get really low, so we took the very hard decision as there was no way back. Honey brought us so much pleasure during the 5 years we knew her and we were so lucky to have had her in our lives. Being a rescue dog, she always had her “issues” but in many ways that served to emphasise how special and unique she was. She was affectionate, possessed a delightful, playful personality and was so, so beautiful. Being of small stature, many people assumed she was a puppy (and she continued to behave like one until the disease took hold). She will be so sadly missed.

When the pain has lessened we will, at some point in the future, come back and see you again, and rehome another.

Best wishes Jerry and Lisa


Hi John,

It is with deepest sadness that i have to inform you that Dixie has had to be put to sleep today, she had a brain tumor a few weeks ago and her health had gone downhill since. She was an absolute pleasure to have and she will be missed very much!!

Thank you for letting us have her and be assured she has had a great time over the past year!!

Thanks again


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