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How many Irish Setters do you have?
I own and love very dearly 6 English Setters whose names are Jessie, Bandit, Beau, Hobson, Rose and Hammer. Bandit died in 2000, Beau was stolen in 2003, Jessie died in 2005 and now Hammer has died. And now Rose has died.
How long have you owned Irish Setters?
I have owned English Setters since 1990 (my first dog when I was a child was an Irish Setter)
About Me:
The reason I joined this internet community and every other internet community was to raise awareness about Beau who was stolen on 1 July 2003. My search for Beau received considerable media attention which attracted a great deal of abuse including threats against my animal family members at home with me. However I could not abandon Beau. I could not abandon any of my English Setters or any of my animal family members.

This is a photo of Beau taken the 2nd day we were together. He was 4 months old. I'll never forget the moment Beau first looked up at me and reached deep within my heart and soul.

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HOBSON (Pamploma Toledo Mist) 10.06.2003 - 28.12.2015

Posted on December 28, 2015 at 10:15pm 15 Comments

My Beautiful English Setter boy, Hobson died in my arms at around 8.30am yesterday, 28 December 2015 at the University of Queensland veterinary hospital in Gatton. Unbelievably, Hobson was still fighting and did not want to let go. The Hemangiosarcoma cancer had spread to his chest. The fluid was building up in his chest and Hobson was having problems breathing. I could not allow him to suffer any more. Fortunately the veterinarian on duty at the Emergency Department has treated Hobson and he knows us both well. He ensured that Hobson died with respect and dignity. I have been advised that all the UQ staff are crying for Hobson and for me. My most Beautiful and Extraordinary English Setter boy, Hobson. My Darling Boy.…

Hemangiosarcoma - The Silent Killer

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 12:00am 9 Comments

Since his discharge on 21 May 2014 from the Intensive Care Unit of The University of Queensland (UQ) veterinary hospital in Gatton, I have been taking Hobson to UQ for regular check-ups and tests at a minimum of every 4 weeks for the last 17 months. The UQ veterinary hospital is approx. 4 hours return drive, depending on the traffic. In the 4 weeks from 10 September to 8 October 2015 I visited UQ weekly because I was concerned about Hobson.

At his 4 weekly checkup on 13 August 2015 Hobson was the best he has been for a long time. I had recently found a registered animal chiropractor who uses gentle manipulation and she had enabled Hobson to get up…

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Misty's Birthday

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 3:56am 11 Comments

Today, 26 July 2015 is Misty’s 4th Birthday. I found a pretty card for her with butterflies and birds. Here she is in bed with her Birthday card, not impressed with me at all because I had a camera in my hand.

My challenge today was to groom Misty and bath her, not that this is any kind of fun for Misty. I managed to get most of her grooming done but ran out of time to bath her. Her walk was much more important.…

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Hobson is 12 Years Old today, 10 June 2015

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 7:35am 12 Comments

I tried to buy a healthy Birthday cake for Hobson without any luck so the closest I could find was a carrot cake. We lit the candles outside so that Hobson could share his Birthday with his horse brothers, Hallmark and Charlamayne and his horse sister, Khatalyst.

I had my work cut out for me with Misty who wanted to jump onto the table and devour Hobson’s cake. I did not realise the table needed a scrub after all…

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At 10:11am on August 19, 2007, Kristina Brannlund Westin said…
This is a very sad story.The sadest I have heard in a very long time. As you say humans can be very cruel. The cruelest species on our earth. It must be so very difficult not knowing wath´s happend with your lovely boy. I really feel for you and pray that you will find your friend soon.
Hugs from Kristina, Sweden!
At 7:58pm on August 19, 2007, Finding_Beau said…
Dear Ginger, Annette and Kristina
Thank you all for your very kind words. I appreciate this very much. Kind people like yourselves keep me going. I try to focus on the good people in this world, and hopefully one day Beau will find his way to someone who will help him. I have received beautiful emails from dog lovers all around the world who genuinely want Beau to come safely back home. Also, please bear with me while I get used to this site.
Take care of yourselves and your beautiful dogs
At 8:57pm on August 19, 2007, Mavis said…
There will always be hope for your reunion with Beau.
At 8:52pm on August 20, 2007, Vera Clay said…
Hi, welcome to Downunder Setter Lovers. The English setters are beautiful aren't they? Usually much better behaved than the rambuctious Irish, depending on the individual dog of course. The Setter Zen is on high for finding Beau.
Cheers, Vera
At 8:04pm on August 21, 2007, Finding_Beau said…
Hi Vera
It's nice to meet an Aussie Setter lover. Some of my English Setters are well behaved, some are not, but they are all a heap of fun. I think you have to be a dag to own a Setter. Thank you very much for your Setter Zen for Beau. I'm being interviewed on Radio ABC in Brisbane tomorrow morning about my search for Beau. I've received a lot of media attention this year. Fingers crossed.
Susan
At 12:55pm on March 10, 2009, Sandra Mather said…
ive just watched the video of your case and im appaulled that someone could do that to you and take a well loved dog away.Has there been any development on this in the last couple of years?
At 3:42am on March 11, 2009, Sandra Mather said…
hello im so sorry that nothing you tried has helped.I microchip myself and i have friends who tattoo .I always think vets should scan every dog for a chip when new to a practise and have the related chip no on there cards then should a dog be found in someone elses care it could be reunited with the owner unless theres a jolly good reason they cant.I have been breeding and showing for such a long time and the things that go on can amaze us.I just cant understand why more cant be done from the police and all these socities around that care about animal welfare.Anyhow you can only hope beau is well cared for ..As for knowing you should it ever be my pups have visited and come back and known well food is kept toys can be found all sorts as if they have never been away long time after they left.
At 12:58pm on March 21, 2009, Sandra Mather said…
hello there again. So how are you full filling your days with this having gone on so long.
/How old would Beau be now then?I would love it if one day your dream of him being found would come true .It must be so frustrating all this.Have you visited places to try and track where he could have gone or is the area so vast that without help if he has been snatched which is primarily whats happened but could he find your place .Are you out in the wilds or near a town.Im trying to see it from his eyes if he got away from wherever is it possible to get home ..I know its an assumption if old now it might all be difficult.
At 5:05pm on March 22, 2009, Viv Blackshaw said…
I am so sorry to hear about Beau, I hope one day you are re-united. A childhood friend of mine had her dog stolen and they got him back years later when someone sighted him living with a family. I hope you are lucky too.
At 9:18am on March 23, 2009, Sandra Mather said…
hi, I thought i would let you know im emailing all my friends to pass it on about Beau theres a small chance they have someone along the line out and about in Aussieland and if by chance it helps then id like to think i tried to do something for you. I have now read all the pages on your site and it is quite enlightening.

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