Gone But Not Forgotten



It is with great sadness that our Springer Tammy had to be put-to-sleep yesterday.

She had been abandoned after a traffic accident with a shattered front leg. We picked her up from the vet who had pinned her leg back together again on the 10th December 2002. The intention was to foster her until she was fit enough to be rehomed. Within days, she had stolen the heart of our dog Jasper and our hearts followed – so we adopted her.

Once her leg had repaired, she loved running and chasing a ball. And she adored swimming. If there was water she had to be in it – even to the extent of breaking an ice covered lochan, which I had to go in to get her out.

Tammy loved her food she appeared to have an internal clock and always let us know if we were running late. Her favourite was Sunday breakfast when she joined the rest of the family with sausages!

She was such a happy and adorable little Springer who enriched our lives. Tammy had wonderful holidays in the Highlands of Scotland and Wales, long walks especially in the forests. We have wonderful memories to treasure of our Tammy who was dearly loved and gave us so much happiness.

Di and Ian



Ian, sadly we must let you, Di and all at Caessr know that 2 weeks ago we had to let Kell be put peacefully to sleep, age about 13 - 14.
He came to us from you in 2010 when you were not long established. We have kept in touch with you occasionally throughout his time ( he has featured in several CAESSR calenders ! ) with us so you will know he had several roles during his time with us - pet, brilliant gundog, companion, gardening dog and PAT dog. He had his problems but was a kind and loyal dog who just loved to be with people.
He is missed so much - all his funny little ways - he became 'grand-dad' to the rest of the dogs and always let us know when one of them was not feeling right.
He is buried just beyond the garden on the edge of the farm which he loved being part of.
Thank you so much for letting him be part of our lives.

Lyn & Andrew



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

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