Gone But Not Forgotten


Tilly gbnf 3

Dear Ian

In 2016 my husband John and I came over to Stoke to view a 7 year old springer spaniel named Tilly who was available for possible re-homing. Tilly was a working gun dog whose master was sadly dying of cancer and the family could no longer care for her. We were terribly indecisive, having only ever had labradors in the past. Tilly was a 'leap in the dark' for us. and we spent nearly an hour trying to decide if Tilly was right for us. Needless to say we decided to have her.

Just before Christmas last year I held that same Tilly as the vet gently sent her into a 'forever sleep', and release from the very invasive cancer that had spread through her body and was beginning to cause her distress. She was 14 years old and very active until a couple of weeks before I had to say goodbye. Tilly had been my best friend for over 7 years. She was always by my side and together we coped with the very sudden death of my husband just one year after she joined our family. I simply adored her. She had so much joy in life and was so friendly and gentle with everyone. In the 7 years I had her she never snapped or growled at anyone or any other animal. She was simply the best and I loved her more than mere words can ever express.

I just wanted to say a very sincere thank you for all the joy and love Tilly brought into my life

Penny Parker


Jaspa gbnf

This is sent with a heavy heart that 4 and a half years ago we rehomed Jaspa from yourselves at the age of 7.  He had been the most wonderful dog and not a bit of trouble but sadly the last few months have been a testing time with quite a few ailments but we got through them until now and to say I’m heartbroken is an understatement.

Today we have had to let go of Jaspa due to his cancer spreading to his pancreas.

Thank you again for letting us home such a wonderful dog which was in your care. Keep up the good work.

Love Mandy Brown


Keri gbnf


It is with a very heavy heart to let you know that Keri had to be put to sleep last week. She had cancer of the throat and mouth her hearing seemed to be lacking, eyesight not so good either and Keri was very confused she would want to go under the stairs instead of the opposite door into the living room bless her. She was a very much loved dog who also gave that love back. She will be very sadly missed the house is so quiet without her.

I would like to thank everyone involved for letting me spend the time I had with Keri it was very special just like Keri.




Charlie GBNF

I’m writing this message with tears running down my cheeks and a massive lump in my throat, sadly giving you our devastating news that our amazing, funny, loving, gorgeous Charlie (Boo) has crossed the rainbow bridge 🌈 . He was THE BEST dog/friend ever and we as a family (and extended family and friends) are heartbroken 💔. Everybody loved Charlie.

He was the ripe old age of 14 and the vet said it was credit to us that he was still so physically fit but sadly doggy dementia got hold and he was now frightened a lot of the time. We made his last day as special as we possibly could. He was hand fed chicken breast for breakfast, had his favourite walk on Heysham Barrows with his best little pal Lexi. The sea was in and the waves crashed against the cliffs, then he, as usual, pulled us into his favourite pub. He was tired and as hard as this has been the vet said we had made the right decision for Charlie. We have cried not rivers but oceans and we all love him so much!

I end by thanking you all so much for giving us the opportunity of rescuing our amazing dog and for the fabulous, happy and many funny, wonderful memories you and Charlie have given us all. He was such a character. He is at peace now and will never be forgotten!! We know he had a great life with us by the seaside and Lake District along with many holidays and we take comfort in that.

Thank you,

Justine, David, Ryan, Zoe & Charlie xxxxx.


Isla Mai gbnf

Hi John, Di and Ian

Sadly Isla Mai went over the Rainbow bridge on Wednesday, June 7th 2023 at the age of 13 years 3 months. We adopted her in July 2015 as a companion for our other CAESSR dog Robbie (ex Scooby) who is still with us. Isla had her own little foibles but we loved her to bits. She loved long walks in the countryside running at top speed up and down hills but always coming back to us to check on us.

She suffered a vestibular episode at Easter. She seemed to have recovered but suffered a major episode at the weekend from which she did not recover.

Thank you CAESSR for all the wonderful work you do.

Charles & Sandra

More Articles ...

Donate Now


Donate with JustGiving

Donate with JustGiving

Welcome Visitor

Hardiwick Kennels

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of this site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

  I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive Module Information