IN MEMORY OF THOSE WE HAVE LOVED AND LOST OUR LIVES ARE MUCH FULLER FOR HAVING SHARED TIME WITH THEM :-
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this the last battle can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do,
We've been so close we two these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.
FTAW TINA ARENA
Sire:- OFTW Ziggy Top
Dam:- Toonarmy Top Level
Kennel Name:- Kes
13/5/2000 - 24/2/2017
My heart is totally broken, those of you who really know me will know how much she meant to me. Kes was never "just a dog" she was always much much more !
So we have had to say "goodnight" for the last time to the last member of my old guard Kes - aka "The Woo"...
Kes was the reason I got into the gundog and shooting world, and made herself and us many good friends, and for that I owe her a great deal. She always gave me far more than I ever gave her, she went everywhere with me, did everything with me, was my constant shadow, picked the " 1st's " that I shot over the seasons, was my 1st trial dog, my 1st peg dog, duck dog, pigeon dog, she did the lot.
Old age caught up with her and she had to start staying home, something her and I both hated. Road trips were never the same without her by my side.
At 16 years and 9 mths her mind and body finally gave up on her and I had to let her go.
She was always the warmest welcome home and she was certainly the hardest goodbye.
Please don't be "sorry for my loss" I am very sorry and will miss her more than words will say but in truth I am more "grateful for what she gave me"..
Kes you may have left my arms but you will never leave my heart, sleep well and say hi to the others for us.
You will forever watch over my shoulder.
Kes - 13/5/2000 - 24/2/2017
PTARMIGAN SEEKER OF DRUIMMUIR
Sire:- FTW Toonarmy Torcere
Dam:- Suzie's Star Eclipse
Kennel Name:- Fern
17/10/1999 - 24/10/2014
Due to long born illness battle lost at 15yrs 1 week, we had to have Fern put to sleep at 12.00 today 24/10/2014 . Stalking companion, landrover co-driver and all round best friend, sleep well and enjoy chasing the phessies for us, you were the start of Druimmuir Spaniels, we love you old girl, sleep well.x.x
Toasted with sloe gin along side Jura and Gemma.
Moredro Mischief of Druimmuir
Sire:- Laganmill Torrent
Dam:- Corrib Crest
1/10/2001 - 19/2/2010
Kennel Name:- GEMMA
Sire:- FTCH Craighorn Bracken
Dam:- Spaceage Pippet
22/07/2000 - 7/11/2011
Kennel Name:- Jura
Rest in peace girl. You were a fighter to the end after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. You enjoyed the move into the house shortly after diagnosis, even if the laminate had crocodiles on it. You still managed to go picking up only a few weeks before we lost you but you went downhill very fast and we ensured you did not suffer as hard as that decision to make was you went peacefully at 3.40 in the afternoon on the 7th November 2011 at home on a comfy bed.
You were a good friend, faithful companion and brilliant working dog for Gary and have left a fantastic legacy behind here with your son Rogan and grandaughter Reba along with children and grandchildren owned by friends. Rest now and run free. We laid you to rest near Gemma, and toasted you both with a sloe gin as the sun set.
We love you and thank you for the love you gave back to us. X
FTW Dromore Tam o'Shanter of Druimmuir
Sire:- Laganmill Torrent
Dam:- Corrib Crest
1/10/2001 - 06/11/2015
Kennel Name:- Finn
We had to say a heartfelt goodbye to one of the best dogs I will ever have the pleasure of sharing my life with....Finn "My Boy" .Thanks to Mel Vage for allowing me the pleasure of owning the big lad who gave us many happy memories as did his sister Gemma.
What can I say he was a big, honest, sound dog that you could rely on for any job, a pleasure to train, work and trial, my first Field Trial Winner, I knew he would never make ftch but he always was a champion in my eyes he didn't know what titles were he loved and lived to work and a days work and more he put in every time.
They don't make them like him anymore and he will never be replaced he's a friend that will be very sorely missed.
Good night Finn, sleep well son and we will meet again.
Druimmuir Desert Storm
Sire:- FTCH Kenue Fir of Leadburn
Dam:- Spaceage Cracker ( Jura)
16/04/2005 - 1/1/2017
Kennel Name - Rogan
The heart gets heavier everytime I write one of these. Another of the "old guard" has left us. We had 4 extra years after he had a splenectomy in 2012 but it's never long enough.
Rogan had the heart of a lion, but at the same time was sound in his work just like his mother. Bold and keen, the answer was always "yes" even if he didn't know the question.
Peg dog, picking up dog, duck dog, sofa dog he was happy to be any of them when asked. My biggest regret was not trialling him properly after we tried our hand at a mock trial which he won in 2009.
He has left us with his daughter Reba, and other offspring that live with friends, hopefully come time one of those can step up to the plate at Druimmuir Kennels and fill the massive hole he has left in our hearts.
Goodnight Rogan, sleep without pain and thanks for the memories.