Kess strangely loved swimming and would swim
endlessly, her white paws showed clearly through the water.
One day at the age of 5 she had what seemed
to be a fit, although the vet thought she had had a slight heart attack.
It was wintertime and my wife regularly threw out bread for the birds, which
Kess of course would eat off the lawn. I noticed her apparently licking the
concrete path but could see nothing there but a few pods of fallen seeds from
our Laburnum tree.
Then she had another seizure and was ill all
I mentioned the
laburnum seeds to the vet, who said this could be the cause, although he had
never heard of a dog eating them. His reference book said that all parts of the
tree are deadly, and the problem was that they are addictive. Kess died that
day. She had apparently regularly been scavenging the bird food and picking up
a few laburnum seeds at the same time.
After 2 more years I was after a Boxer pup
again and found Holly, or "Sharneems Bossy Boots" from Rugeley, Staffordshire.
Of good show stock, she was a lovely rich chestnut and white brindle.
Holly was large for
She loved our
With a lovely temperament Holly was a
great companion for our young son, Simon, who was aged 3 when Holly
Always nice to be
Always ready for a
|Holly often went to our caravan in
Wales with us. Unlike Kess, Holly never took to swimming after her first
experience of deep water on the Welsh coast. She was on the front of our
inflatable as we approached the bank of the estuary and looking down into the
clear water she could see the bottom. So she jumped off the dinghy obviously
thinking it was shallow. She sank like a stone before her natural instinct of
swimming took over and she broke surface before swimming to the bank. After
that no amount of coaxing or encouragement could persuade her to lift her feet
off the bottom or go out of her depth in any water.
Age beginning to
Holly spent about 12 years with us before
the time came to say Goodbye
I said I would not have another dog
Then along came "Telfer".