These are my current Dogs: They all work in my practice dealing with Interdog Aggression or fear. Three of them are working Gundogs.
Unfortunately though they are in this picture, I have had to say a last very tearful and sad goodbye to three of my dogs within a couple of years of each other.
My White German Shepherd Kai. He contracted Malignant Lymphoma and became very ill. 12 months later my Springer Spaniel Edward had to be put down at the age of 13 with Liver failure
I was with both of them right up to the end Kai died on Wednesday 11th April. 2012 and Edward on Monday 25th March 2013. My friend Ian, my Vet for many years, helped them go peacefully with no more pain and suffering. Those who know me will understand.
And Charlie contracted heart disease and became very ill in April 2014 and he died. His start in life was the most horrific. I will write his story when I feel I can, as it is stomach churning the suffering he had at the hands of a masochist in the first few months of life. Rescued in the end by a Vet nurse and I was asked if I could rehabilitate him as he was terrified of people. His spirit and personality was so good that he became a PAT dog and was at Crufts. Charlie was 13 when he passed over.
This is always the very worst part of owning pets. If I could change anything, I would love to change the life span of our loving companions. My Ten Commandments for Pets says it all really.