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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. 


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Comment by Sharyn Latchford on March 6, 2012 at 9:17pm

My thoughts are with you...Rest In Peace Rose, run free until we all meet again

Comment by JOANNE on March 7, 2012 at 12:53am

Rest in peace sweet Rose. You were a special girl and a very pretty one. Run free beautiful girl and have a good game of ball in heaven with my Welsh Terrier girls, Cindy and Bridie. XXX

Comment by Esther Siegrist on March 7, 2012 at 1:40am

so really sorry for your loss. Run free, sweet English Rose, Thinking of you!

Comment by Peter Hennig on March 7, 2012 at 2:13am

Oh Susan such a sad time for you I'm dreadfully sorry to read this blog and feel for you at this time. If not for you Rose would not have had the lovely second half of her life. Now for her there is no more fear, anxiety, pain or suffering she's gone to her resting place having been loved unconditionally by you. 

Comment by Catherine Carter on March 7, 2012 at 2:17am
Oh Susan, I am so sorry to read this very sad blog.....I am thinking of you....hugs and licks from me and my dogs. Rose is pain free now xxxxxxx
Comment by silvia on March 7, 2012 at 2:25am

such a sad moment.... run free, beautiful rose

Comment by James Doran on March 7, 2012 at 4:22am

God bless and comfort your broken heart,for the loss of your Rose, Susan.

I hold it true,whate'er befall;

I feel it,when I sorrow most;

Tis better to have loved and lost,

Than never to have loved at all.




Comment by martina mckeag on March 7, 2012 at 5:08am

So sorry for your loss Susan thinking of you at this very sad time

Comment by Sheree Parrish on March 7, 2012 at 6:06am

I'm so sorry Susan, my heart goes out to you.  Run free beautiful Rose xxx

Comment by mrs dee farndell on March 7, 2012 at 6:07am

So sorry for your loss   she looked a real sweetie   my thoughts are with you at this sad time



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