This page is dedicated to our 4 legged family that have left us and gone to the bridge, sleep tight my precious babies!
You Did Me a Kindness
When my legs grew too weak to carry me,
And my tired eyes could no longer see,
When it pained me to struggle for each new breath,
When my heart beat weaker, and I drew closer to death,
You did me the kindness of letting me go.
You didn't make me hang on when I was suffering so.
I promise I don't think that you loved me any less,
And I love you all the more for your selflessness.
You freed my spirit from its body so wracked with pain,
And let me run the fields of Heaven, where I'm sure we'll meet again.
18/5/1999 - 2/5/2010 RIP Rosie
Out of the rain
Into the sunshine
A puppy again
“So this is where we part my friend, and you will run on around the bend.Gone from sight but not from mind, new pleasures there you’ll surely find.I will go on, I’ll find the strength, life measures quality, not length.One long embrace before you leave, share one last look before I grieve.There are others, that much is true, but they be they and they aren’t you.And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought, will remember well all you’ve taught.Your place I’ll hold, you will be missed, the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.And as you journey to your final rest, take this with youI loved you best”
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.
I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.
I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.
For although we may not be together in the way we used to be, We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
Rosie at 8 weeks old when we first brought her home!
Well where do I start....Rosie, she was my very first cocker spaniel, we starting looking for an orange roan pup at the start of 1999, without much luck I hasten to add. Then in May, we contacted the Kennel Club who sent us a listing of breeders in the UK, it's there we came across a breeder - Mrs Chrystine Rose, in Yeovil, Somerset. Unfortunately all the pups from the litter had been reserved, but we left our name and number just in case some body should back out at the last minute. It must have been our lucky day, because 2 weeks later we had a call to say the lady that was having one of the orange roan girls no longer wanted her, as her circumstances had changed. Like a shot, we drove to Yeovil, where we were introduced to Poppy a beautiful very laid back black & white girl, the mum of the litter, then onto 2 orange roan pups, both little girls. The breeder was keeping one and hadn't decided which, but we were happy with either, they were both beautiful!!!
As the weeks went by, we visited a few more times, then we were told which one was our little girl......Rosie! The weeks seemed to drag by, then at the end of July we brought our lovely little girl home with us.
As she grew we knew we had a very special little girl, and thought about 'maybe' one day having a litter from her. We knew she had to pass all relevant health tests of the breed, so did this before she reached 2 years of age.
Rosie went to stud with a very handsome blue roan boy called Bertie, owned by Mrs Wendy Cullen in Taunton. In May 2007 Rosie gave birth to a beautiful litter of 7 very healthy, very chunky pups, from this litter we kept our Daisy.
Rosie's second litter was born March 2003, again a very devoted mummy, she produced 7 even chunkier orange roan pups....again all fit and very healthy!
Rosie at 8 years old Summer 2007
Rosie's third and final litter was born December 2004, this time she delivered 6 healthy pups, blue roan and black & white, from this litter we kept our very special black & white girl Lily. Sadly Rosie tired during labour she retained a pup, sadly born dead, we always said that 3 litters were the limit for any of our girls and this had proved our point.
March 29th 2005, our Rosie was spayed due to a few health problems, thankfuly it turned out to be a benign tumour. So now my darling Rosie has become a lady of leisure, she's now sitting back watching her children grow up and her grandchildren and even great grandchildren being born!
I know I shouldn't have a favourite, but I must confess Rosie is and always will be my Number 1 girl, temperament: FANTASTIC, we really couldn't of asked for a better, more placid, loving laid back girl, just perfect in every way!
Rosie with her baby Lily, crashed out after a very busy 1/2 hour playing!
Rosie will be 10 years old in May 2009 but still acts and thinks she's a puppy! She was spayed in 2005 and her coat now grows back very thick and wooly so we choose to keep her shorter, which prevents knots and tangles which keeps her happy.....she's way too busy playing and chasing around to spend hours on the grooming table!
December 2004: This was Rosie's 3rd and final litter, she had 6 very beautiful babies, 3 black & white, 3 blue roan.
Pedigree for Vilros Princess Daisy
English Cocker Spaniel
Sex : Bitch
Rosie has now been spayed and is retired from our breeding plans, she is a lady of leisure watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up and have babies of their own!
Rosie's babies over the years!
May 2001: Today Rosie gave birth to her very first litter, she had 7 beautiful babies, 5 blue roan and 2 orange roan! The orange roan in the centre of the above picture is our Daisy.
Dad to the litter is Bertie, aka Emsdale Royal Jester at Danett.
A HUGE thank you to Wendy Cullen for all her help and support during this time.
May 2003: Rosie presented us with a lovely litter of 7 orange roan babies, dad to the litter was Barley, Barley Twist at Vilros.
Well done to Rosie and Barley on a wonderful litter!
Rosie and Barley's 2003 litter, 7 beautiful chunky orange roan pups!
In December 2004 Rosie gave birth to her 3rd and final litter, a wonderful litter of 6 pups, 3 blue roan, 3 black & white.....thank you my darling you certainly saved your best till last.
Rosie has now been spayed and is living her life as a pampered pooch, she is sitting back watching her children - Daisy and Lily grow up - and her grandchildren Poppy ......and her great grandchild Inca.....who became a mummy herself in 2008 to 9 wonderful babies.!
Thank you my darling you did us proud
2nd May 2010
It is with a broken heart that I have to announce that today 2/5/2010 Rosie was given peace. Rosie had been suffering from Canine Dementia and although medication had kept it at bay, the past couple of weeks she seemed to be getting a lot worse. I feel like my heart has been ripped out but could not see my darling girl suffer any longer, please forgive me Rosie, I will always love you and miss you forever, sleep tight now my darling you take care of the babies then have gone on before you, you were such a good mummy I know you'll take good care of them all.
Thank you all for your lovely messages, here are just a few of them.............
I have just been on your web site and seen your very sad news about your beautiful Rosie ,i no i dont know you (and have only been in contact through e-mail) but i can see how you adore every one of you babies that i felt so moved about Rosies page and what you wrote i just wanted to say how very sorry we are for your terrible pain and loss,she looked such a lovely girl and wounderful mum,the rainbow bridge poem is so luvly it started me off, i just had to let you know you are all in thoughts at this very sad time,take care,
Fay and Family x.
When I came to choose Molly all those years ago, you said you thought 'this one' when we looked in the whelping tray. And you had suggested Molly as she was very much like her mom. Probably you meant in look, but I am sure her personality is like her mom too. Like her mom, she is an adorable girl. Very giving and very affectionate.
Rosie was a beautiful girl and gave beautiful pups....you should be very proud of her..
take care I hope you feel better soon
Lynn and Molly
Dear Sharon and family
Our hearts go out to you all during your sadness. Rosie will continue to hold a special place in your hearts, come what may. She was a lucky girl to have had such a wonderful life with you.
With much love
Sue and family
Oh Sharon, have just seen your post, I am so very sorry :'( :'(. Thinking of you :bigarmhug: Jennybee
I visit Sharon's webiste quite a lot as i love all of her dogs, Rosie was absoloutely beautiful. Run free girl xxx Emma
I was so sad to read this. I know that Rosie had been struggling for a while, but it's so awful when you have to make that decision. Rosie was Morgan's granny, without her we would not have our lovely boy, so I would like to say "Thank you Rosie, you were a very special girl"
and to Sharon and family xxx Elaine
Sharon, you must be completely heartbroken. But you should be so proud of Rosie and the immense happiness she has brought to so many people through all her wonderful descendants.
Big to you Sharon, and make sure you look after yourself.
Sleep tight, gorgeous girl.
I am so sorry to hear about Rosie. I know she was your extra special girl. Remember all the happy times you had with her and know that she lives on in your other girls.
Sharon, Rosie will always be in your heart and she definitely passed some of her regal ways onto Bella. I know the last few months with her were difficult and it will take you a long time to come to terms with her passing, but you did all you could for her and she knew how loved she was.
Run free lovely Rosie xxxxx
24th September 2010
Today I had a call from Rosie's breeder Chrystine, to say Poppy (Rosie's mum) had gone to the bridge, Poppy lived to the grand old age of 15! Sleep tight Poppy, look after Rosie for me! 20th May 1995 - 24th September 2010
Run Free Daisy!
27th July 2014
Today we had to say goodbye to our darling dinky Inky, Inca had a nasal tumour which was too advanced to be operated on, so our vet said to let her continue until the time to give her peace. Sadly two days after our daughters wedding that dreadful day came and we had to say goodbye, sleep tight darling Inca, reunited with your gran Daisy and great gran Rosie, I hope you are all running pain free at the bridge, sleep tight baby girl, thank you for giving us two of your lovely babies, our Dylan and Bramble.
9th March 2015
Another sad day here at Shirrmontana, today we had to help our darling Jasmine to the bridge, sadly she had cancer which had spread quickly, so the last thing we could do for her was give her peace, going to miss my Jazzy Wazzy Woo's so much, 4 orange babies gone hope they are all playing pain free at rainbow bridge. Nite nite, sleep tight baby girl. xx
3rd January 2016
Another of our little girls today left us to play at the bridge, sleep tight my darling Poppy, go found your daughter Inca, mummy Daisy and Gran Rosie at Rainbow Bridge, not a days illness in your nearly 14 years with us, sleep tight sweet angel.
3rd October 2016
Not really sure where to start to be honest, life has been very cruel these past few days, on Friday 30th September we sadly lost Blue our little boy that I had struggled so hard to pull through, sadly his organs were failing and struggling to keep up with is growing body, so we had to make the sad decision to say goodbye and give him peace.
Then just to really kick me when I'm down, this morning we lost our beautiful girl Callie, Callie had been suffering with cancer, but it wasn't an aggressive type and she had been going along nicely until about a month ago, when she started to have a fit, one a week, but this morning she had 5 in 5 hours, she looked at me and I knew she was tired and ready for sleep, so I gave her a cuddle, told her I loved her and she went to join Blue at the bridge, take care of each other my darlings, will miss you both so much Go find your mum Lily, and gran Rosie Callie xx