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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 Corinne Wakefield on March 7, 2012 at 9:02am

So very sorry you have lost your darling girl :-(

Comment by Barbara on March 7, 2012 at 9:41am

I am so very sorry Susan .... thinking of you

Comment by Dee Rance on March 7, 2012 at 11:28am

She is no longer in pain....and she can now run free with ease and your 'other kids' We are all so very sorry for your beloved girls loss....

Comment by Delia Bryce on March 7, 2012 at 12:59pm
I am so sorry for you, sounds as though you have lost a very special friend, my deepest sympathies.
Comment by Cornelia on March 8, 2012 at 12:38am

I'm very sorry, Susan, that you had to let go of Rose so shortly after Hammer. They truly had a wonderful life with you and the best of care. Thinking of you...

Comment by Sue Paterson on March 8, 2012 at 3:20am

Such a very sad time for you....may all your happy memories help you through...run free sweet Rose.

Comment by Lynn Spencer on March 8, 2012 at 3:55am

Oh Susan, I have just read this.  I am so very sorry.  I know how your heart will be breaking for your beautiful girl.  Wish I could say something to help you but there are no words.  Please know we are thinking of you & are here for you.  Your beautiful English Rose will be with her family & friends. 

Comment by Chantal McIlveen-Wright on March 8, 2012 at 4:14am

Your beautiful English Rose is now playing with Hammer and sending you tons of love to cope with their departure. No words will make it easier for you Susan, but we are all so very sorry for you, our hearts are with you.

Comment by Susan Mogony on March 9, 2012 at 11:04am

 I am so sorry for your loss. All the strenght i wish you!

Comment by Finding_Beau on March 9, 2012 at 4:03pm

Thank you all very much for your compassion for Rose. I am still extremely upset. I had an anxiety attack when I was writing this tribute blog for Rose and had to bother poor Gene. Now, when I checked to see which members had favourited Rose's tribute blog, I accidentally favourited it myself and I do not know how to unfavourite it, so it will stay. Even though it is a blessing that Rose is now at peace it has been extremely distressing for me to watch her suffer, and now she has gone, the quietness is so hard. Hobson and I miss her so much. In a little while I will visit all your pages and thank each one of you. xoxoxoxoxo


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