Happiness starts with a wet nose and ends with a waggy tail!
This lovely story was sent to us by Susan.
Having lost three of her beautiful Labradors in quick succession, Susan came to us and ordered a very special memorial ring.
Here’s Susan’s story …
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you again for your amazing support in getting my ring (and therefore my three girls!) sorted out in time for Christmas 2019. I wear it 24/7 and each and every time I look at it or touch it, it brings me huge comfort. I couldn’t imagine life without my girls and now, with the help of you and Rich, I have them with me all day, every day.
It is as much part of me as the finger it’s on.
As you’re dealing with grief all the time, I thought I’d try and brighten your day up a bit. It’s a long story but I’ll try and keep it short! Here goes.
After I lost my three chocolate girls the pain was excruciating and I said “never again”. No more dogs for me. But after a few months (ie the beginning of 2020) I started to joke about it. “Well, if there’s a chocolate Labrador puppy (choccies are> my thing) needs a new home, is female, very dark chocolate (I don’t like the red fox variety), is under 6 months, cheap (I’m far from rich) and not too far away (I’m not driving hundreds of miles to look at a puppy that might not hit my heart strings). But I wasn’t serious.
On March 15th I got a phone call from a friend:
Friend:“I’ve got just the right puppy for you.”
Me:“Yeah, right, pull the other one it’s got bells on it.”
Friend:“A dark chocolate Labrador puppy.”
Me:“How nice.” (I’m the arch sceptic). “How old?”
Me:“How interesting.” (My ears starting to perk up!)
Friend:“Free.” (Now my ears are really perking up …)
Friend:“Just 1 mile up the road … ”
“Let’s go and have a look.”
Me:“No, I’m not ready.”
Friend:“Oh come on, just a look, you don’t have to commit.”
So we went that afternoon.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, it was love at first sight. She joined me 48 hours later.
Then there was lockdown. I can tell you, hand on heart, that without the ring you made for me and without this puppy, I would be long dead and buried.
I always said that if (BIG if) I ever got another puppy its name must embrace at least one letter from each of my deceased girls’ names, which were: Seven, Io and China and which are inscribed inside my ring. (That inscription, b y the way, is precious to me too). Anyway, I was born in Cheadle Hume and wanted to call the puppy Cheadle but there’s no “i” or “o” in that spelling (for my deceased “Io”) so I changed the spelling to “Cheidle”.
7th February 2022