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It is with an extremely heavy heart that I am writing another tribute blog so soon for another one of my English Setters, this time my girl, Rose. Her name was originally Rosie but I always called her “my sweet English Rose”.
Rose and Hammer came to me in 2006 because of my ongoing search for Hammer’s brother, Beau. Losing a beloved animal child from death rips out your heart. Having them stolen from you is something I cannot describe.
Rose was 7 years old when we found each other on 2 April 2006. She was a shell .. so sad, so timid, and so frail. The first time I took her to the leash free dog park, she clung to me because she was terrified of human beings and dogs. If a dog approached, she growled and bared her teeth. Even if Hobson came near her at home, she told him to go away. The sight of a hair brush would make Rose throw herself in the corner of a room.
Rose did not have an impressive pedigree and was born with many conformation faults, some of which contributed to her health problems. However, once she found love, Rose blossomed into the special girl she was born to be. There will never be another English Setter like my Rose.
Rose has suffered a great deal over the last 7 months. Her fighting spirit has been astounding. I wonder if she tried to stay alive for me because of Hammer’s tragic death. In a way, it is a blessing that Rose developed pneumonia and she finally let go.
Another big piece of my heart died with Rose. I pray she is with Hammer and my other English Setter children in Heaven.
I will always miss my sweet English Rose.