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Susan’s Story

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?”

Friend:“19 weeks.”

Me:“How interesting.” (My ears starting to perk up!)
“How much?”

Friend:“Free.” (Now my ears are really perking up …)

Me:“Where?”

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.

Welcome “Cheidle”.

 

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”.

Thank you!

Susan

7th February 2022

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