Holly came to us through John on Saturday 23d October 2010, after introductions, a short walk from the kennels to see if we liked each other and then home she came. lt was obvious from the start she didn’t like car journeys and promptly wet the floor on entering the house but she didn’t do that again until recently when her health really started to fail.

Holly would tolerate car journeys when it resulted in long walks in the woods, across the fields and around the Lido ending in a sausage at the Lido cafe then sleeping all afternoon until dinner time!

Holly grew with my grandchildren being the same age as Daniel my grandson. When they had school holidays with, me, Holly loved it playing in the garden and of course the long wood walks. One day in particular springs to mind, Holly chased Daniel around the garden, up the steps of the
slide and followed him down it, PLONK on the ground, then carried on the chase. lt only I had had a camera ready!

Some years ago Holly had a cruciate operation on her back leg which was successtul but eventually arthritis set in and progressed over the years. Holly remained active until December 2020 when she had hemorrhagic gastroenteritis which really knocked her back. She did recover well under excellent veterinary care but the walks she had enjoyed were now out of the question. Old age had caught up with her, other ailments took there toll and at 15 1/2 years old our aim was to keep her pain free, but time ran out.

It was obvious Holly was suffering not only with arthritis but also dementia, her “odd” behaviour indicated this, it was breaking our hearts.

On Monday 18th October 2021 Holly passed away peacefully in my arms, a place she had often fallen asleep at night when sleep for her was difficult.

We had our ups and downs with Holly but she was our life and leaves us with many happy memories, like all dogs, a very unique personality, mischievous, cheeky, loony but most of all so affectionate, would love a cuddle, loved to lay in the sunshine and loved people.

Many Thanks, kind regards,

Madeleine and Barry

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