All the dogs I have had in the
Lorphil Ludo "Rufus"
26/2 1995 -28/4 2010
The oldest dog I've had, so much missed.
Rufus' own page HERE
Yeo Rondo "Dandy"
1/4 1996 -13/5 2009
Dandy had a long and good life but we miss him -there will never be another Dandy.
Dandy's own page HERE.
Kiara -Tenfield Torneälven for Goldmali born 24/12 2006
Sadly Kiara did not get on with the Malinois bitches so she had to go back to her breeder to be found a pet home.
Our beloved Rambo. 2005-2007
His own page can be found HERE.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has been so supportive and kind after our loss.
"Casey" 9th December 1996-23rd of August 2006.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
When John's mother's elderly dog died, she wanted a new companion, and needed an older
dog that would be easy for her to care for as she is disabled and widowed.
So we gave her Casey in 2002.
We saw Casey frequently, and so did Rufus.
Casey loved his new mum.
Casey passed his Bronze test when he was an 8 months old puppy.
Elsa is gone.
Elsa's page can be found HERE
(Gildas Old English One)
Master was my very first dog, in Sweden, a rescued Golden that came to me aged 1.
Sadly he died aged only 4. He started my love for Goldens.
(Oxundas Undeniable Urban)
Jesper was born on the day that Master died.
He was born in Sweden but followed me to England.
Jesper made sure I would never again want to be without a Golden, he started my
interest in obedience, and my love for dark coloured Goldens.
Yes my third dog was a Cocker Spaniel bitch.
Once in England I wanted two dogs, and one of them to be small.
I didn't realise there were so many unscrupulous breeders here, bought Bonnie
from a newspaper advert and ended up with a dog with what is described as Cocker rage -
one moment she was friendly, the next she would attack.
In the end we had to have her put to sleep when my first child started crawling.
Leo was my first UK bought Golden and my first Yeo dog, although
all my Goldens have had Yeo ancestors.
He was a very large dog. I made several mistakes with him obedience wise but
he did know quite a lot, and he was very much a guard dog.
He even could attack on command (and stop in time, of course !), and actually chased burglars off.
Yet he was one big softie and very loving.
Trixie 1991-? (Left)
Trixie was a Border Collie cross from the RSPCA.
I fostered 2 orphaned pups for the RSPCA and she ended up staying.
Trixe was very much a working Collie and as such she had a lot of energy.
When my first baby was born I suddenly did not have enough time for her,
and she became frustrated. She would carry the cats around by their necks
and wrecked the house. None of this was her fault !
Today I would have made time for her and spent a lot of time training her, but back then, my
ex husband had enough and so I agreed to re-home Trixie.
She was found a good home with a family on a farm.
With just two Goldens left, and Jesper old and ill, I wanted to get another Golden.
I spent months looking for the right breeder and the right pup, with
the right pedigree, and
Jessie's breeder came highly recommended via a breed club.
Sadly things did not work out despite this.
Jessie was fine on her own and with Jesper and Leo,
but she was not a typical Golden in any sense. At training classes she attacked
and injured both a Rottweiler and a Rottweiler/GSD cross -for no reason at all.
When I acquired Dandy a few years later she totally flipped
and attacked him as an 8 week old pup, with serious intent.
Jessie was returned to her breeder.
Sheba approx. 1983-1995
Golden Retriever/Rough Collie cross bitch
Sheba was found as a stray in the middle of Sheffield City Centre.
She ended up in the council stray kennels, and on the day she
was due to be put to sleep, the kennels phoned Lyn Anderson of Yorkshire Golden Rescue.
They told her they had a Golden Retriever and that she must be collected
before 12 noon or she would be put down.
Lyn got there just in time, found she was not a Golden at all,
but of course could not leave her.
She spent hours de-matting her coat, and trying out every
possible name she could think of. The dog would only
listen to SHEBA. Sheba's plight was mentioned in the breed
notes in Our Dogs, and when I read that, I knew Sheba had to come
to live with me. Jesper had just died, and Sheba seemed so similar to him.
She was a wonderful dog. So happy and loving, enjoying life
so much, and she passed her Bronze test aged approx. 11.
After 18 months Sheba died of bone cancer.
(Jenna Racislee of Jokaren)
Jenna on her 11th birthday
I will always miss Jenna, as long as I live.
She only spent 2 years with me, but left a huge impression.
Came to us aged 9 when nobody else wanted her.
Considered "too old to re-home" until Lyn Anderson of Yorkshire Golden Retriever Rescue
stepped in. Thanks Lyn.
When Jenna arrived she was in poor condition and disobedient.
4 months later she passed the KC Good Citizen Dog Test, as it was then (now: Bronze) (aged 9 ½),
and was Best veteran out of 7 at an Exemption show.
Pack leader, ruled the other dogs kindly but firmly.
After Jenna met an animal communicator in 1998 she was able to
communicate with us -it had to be experienced to be believed, and could not be explained away.
There are so many stories I could tell of Jenna.
I have never met any other dog quite like her.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Scarlet is a sad story. Bought as a pup with the intention of
breeding, showing and obedience, Scarlet arrived with distemper,
which I have since found was true of at least one litter mate as well.
She survived, but developed brain damage and epilepsy.
Scarlet died on her first birthday.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Alli was Scarlet's "replacement".
We did show her a bit but the breeding plans had to
be shelved when she developed MVD already under 4 years of age, although it was mild.
A much worse problem was that Alli hated Rufus and Casey.
As time went on she would get nastier and nastier to them, and caused a lot of
problems. She attacked with serious intent. Most unlike a Cavalier.
In the end we gave up and re-homed her as a single pet.
The other dogs are much happier without her and I am told she is doing just
fine in her new home.
Mollie was a rescue. One day some children turned up on my doorstep
and asked if I wanted a dog. Mollie was 6 months old and had
spent her entire life locked in a shed. She didn't even know what a lead was,
and had never been indoors.
Unfortunately her upbringing left a lot of mental scars and aged just 2
one day she suddenly attacked Elsa after a walk, unprovoked, injured her very seriously,
and we opted to have Mollie put to sleep.
She had all sorts of problems directly due to her upbringing and she could not safely be re-homed.
"Emma" d.o.b. 25th April 1999
Emma stayed with my ex husband when I got divorced and she lived a long life.
Emma was named after Jenna as she was born the day after Jenna died,
and looked very much like her.
Emma was very soft and friendly and a perfect family pet,
but was never much interested in obedience!
My children loved her.