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IN MEMORIAM – Fergus Shelbourne

Memoriam - fergusFERGUS SHELBOURNE – 28.8.15

It was dreamtime yesterday for Fergus a beloved beagle who passed away after struggling with his health for some time.   Fergus was a regular guest at Broomhill Dog Hotel and this polite and good natured dog was loved by everyone.  He’ll be sadly missed.

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In Loving Memory



In loving memory of animal lover Louisa McShee

who passed away 15th April, 2015 aged 92 years.

The Earth is to the sun what mankind is to the angels.

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In Loving Memory of Diane Attack



who passed away July 2015

Diane Attack was a dog lover who had much loved pets of her own.   Diane worked for A Line Taxis of Chesterfield and she is sadly missed by all her colleagues.  A collection at Diane’s funeral raised £100 which was kindly donated to Pet Samaritans Animal Sanctuary in her memory.   Many thanks,  R.I.P.


A sad goodbye to little Sally

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Sally was in a terrible state when she came in to us last year.  Her owner loved her but, because of her dementia,  couldn’t look after this little dog.  It was hard to know what sort of dog Sally was when she first came in, she didn’t even look like a dog at all.   We didn’t think she was a pure bred dog but she certainly had some Chinese Crested characteristics, including a most loving nature.   Over months we solved most but not all of her health problems, her nails were cutting in to her feet when she arrived and we had to cut them a bit at a time – Sally was very stressed about having a pedicure.   It was bribery and corruption and we sorted it in the end.   Her skin improved with good food, fresh air and regular grooming.  It was very slow progress and aloe vera gel helped –  the inflammation subsided and most of Sally’s hair grew back eventually.  We couldn’t do anything about her heart condition though, she was an elderly dog and had suffered years of neglect.

Sally loved her life with us, she was always interested and cheerful and had the run of the place, she could come and go around the kitchen, food prep and yard  just as she pleased. At the weekend she went out for her usual afternoon stroll, ate a chicken supper (Sally always had a good appetite) and went to bed as usual.  She slept on a duvet and liked to be covered up for the night.   Next morning she was just as we had left her.  She knew she was loved –  it was a peaceful end for a wonderful little dog.  Rest in peace Sally xxx14939919



In loving memory of Mr. Lawrence Collis

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   Mr. Lawrence Collis passed away earlier this year leaving behind a loving family and his beloved dog Belle.   We were happy to take Belle into the sanctuary and care for her until we could find her a new home.   Mr. Collis was a real dog lover who had done an excellent job in rearing this lovely young Labrador.  Belle is a wonderful girl who, thanks to Mr. Collis, is well trained, affectionate and gentle.  It has been a pleasure to look after her.

We have now found Belle a new home where she is much loved – they have told us that ‘she is the best dog they have ever known’.   Thank you to Mr. Collis for doing such a good job of bringing Belle up and thanks to her new family for giving her such a good home.

We’ll be keeping in touch with Belle and if circumstances ever change she will come back here to us.

Many thanks for the kind donations in memory of Mr. Collis, they are much appreciated and help us to go on with our rescue work.

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It wasn’t to be ……

squirrel - postie 5We were hopeful of him surviving but our baby squirrel passed away in his sleep during the night.  He wasn’t injured, he felt warm, yesterday he was moving around, drinking and all the signs were good – but it was not to be.  It’s so sad that this little life has been lost  ….. but at least he was warm and not lying in the road, he knew he was loved.

There’s a great forest in the sky where you will be safe to play in the trees forever …… we hope we’ll meet again one day little friend.

Goodbye to loving Tinkerbell

cats - tinkerbell mortThis is a favourite photo of our lovely Tinkerbell.   She was a small, neat little cat who’d been in the sanctuary for most of her life.  She had a carefree and happy life up until a few weeks ago when she developed a problem with her mouth.   Tinkerbell was a very good natured cat and never scratched or bit and always pleased to see you – she was very affectionate.

She’d recently lost weight and strangely the colour of her coat changed. Her beautiful and distinctive stripes became dark and blurred.

We took her to the vet and were told that she had an abcess on a back tooth – or was it something else? Tinkerbell was eating well, whatever it was didn’t seem to hurt her but there was something worrying about her appearance.

Tinks was as loving as ever, the vet gave her a long acting antibiotic and said to bring her back in two weeks. We were warned that it could go two ways – either the medication would work and she’d improve – or – it was a tumour and the prognosis would not be good.

We took her back this week – holding our breath and praying for a good outcome. Sadly it was not to be. It was cancer and if we didn’t let her go she would start to suffer.

It’s so sad to bring an empty basket back – there was nothing could be done for our little friend and we held her close as she was eased off into her next life. She’d been with us for over 14 years, now she’s planted with a rose bush in our memorial area.  Sleep well sweet and good girl Tinkerbell, we’ll always remember you …….xxxxx

A sad goodbye

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One of our dearest friends, sweet little Pebbles, passed away yesterday in her sleep.  Pebbles came in to us three years ago, she was already an old lady but perked up as soon as she came in out of the cold.  Pebbles was a real lady and loved all the finer things of life, she had the run of the place, her own special chair, a hested pad for whenever she wanted it and always a very comfy bed.   Her food had to be dainty of of the best quality, she liked fresh meat and chicken and small gourmet pouches.  Pebbles had a lovely character and while she did everything on her own terms, she was unfailingly polite and charming.   She was a distinctive cat, very small and pure white with unusual eyes, one green and one blue – her gaze was steady and unflinching and beautiful to see.

On one of her first vet examinations we were told that Pebbles had a heart murmur.  We tried not to think about it except to make sure that her life was tranquil and without stress.  When the weather was warm, she would occasionally venture out for a stroll in the sun, but mostly she preferred to stay around the kitchen where she had her bed.  We don’t know exactly how old Pebbles was but it was obvious that her age made her fragile.  She didn’t jump or climb but still had a play from time to time.  Most of all she liked attention and conversation and would always give you a lovely greeting.

She had stopped grooming herself before she came in and her hair was knotted.   The vet shaved her the first summer she came in and we put her a little dress on to keep her cosy.  Pebbles loved it and from then on she always wore a cardi or dress and very pretty she looked in them too.  Pebbles had her own little dolly that she took to bed with her, she was a gentle little cat who never scratched or bit even when having to put up with something (like medication) that she didn’t like.

In the last six months Pebbles unexpectedly made friends – with another ‘golden oldie’ cat called Peaches.   This old lady (23 years) is nothing like Pebbles and has always been spirited and feisty, but these two who had side by side heated pads, became best friends from the start.  They would pad round together, eat their meals at the same time and take a great interest in what the other was doing.

It was worrying when Pebbles suddenly developed a swelling on her ear but the treatment from the vet seemed to be working well.   She was uncomplaining while we treated her although it must have been uncomfortable.  She started to sleep a lot more but was still eating well.  The night before yesterday we gave her a kiss and put her to bed as usual.  We were heartbroken to find her next morning, curled up in the same place, she had passed away in her sleep during the night.  Peaches was standing next to her and gave her a gentle kiss before we wrapped her up.   Goodbye, dear little friend, we will always miss you   xxxxxxx

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We’ve buried Pebbles at the sanctuary, we will plant a rose bush to mark her place.  We’ve not made much progress with our planned Memorial Garden but at times like this it becomes ever more important and is still very much on the agenda.  We want always to remember these bautiful animals who make such a difference to our lives….

A sad goodbye to Tigerlily

cats - tigerlily 10Tigerlily, one of our oldest cats, passed away in her sleep yesterday.  She was 19 years and had spent all her life in the sanctuary.   Tigerlily was the only kitten of a stray cat brought in all those years ago.   Her mother was called Tabitha and they were inseparable until she died three years ago.   Tabitha couldn’t give birth naturally and Tigerlily was the sole survivor of a caesarian section.   It cost £400 so she was an expensive kitten!

Tabitha loved her daughter dearly but didn’t have any milk to feed her, so although she did all the cuddling and washing, we bottle fed Tigerlily until she was old enough to eat.   They were inseparable.  Tabitha was more outgoing and a bit of a hunter, Tigerlily was the stay home girl.

Tigerlily was Pete’s (our late Pet Samaritans Trustee) special girl and he was the only person she allowed to pick her up.  She loved him dearly and missed him a lot when he died suddenly, while he was feeding the cats – just how he would have wanted to go.   When her mom also passed away Tigerlily became more withdrawn, she missed her too.   She still kept eating well though and apart from a problem with one of her ears, she remained in good health and active.

Tigerlily went to sleep yesterday and never woke up, we found her curled up in her basket.   It was the best way to go for her but so sad for us.   Tigerlily is together again with Tabitha and with Pete and that is good ….. but we’ll miss you such a lot dear friend …….

Goodbye to a lovely cat called Fenella

FENELLA – a beautiful and gentle cat who has sadly left us to go over the Rainbow Bridge on 21st September, 2012R.I.P. we’ll miss you so much little lady…….

Fenella came in to the sanctuary nearly eighteen years ago.  She was a young adult, extremely beautiful and with a wonderful temperament.   Fenella had a lovely colouring, a pale calico with tabby stripes and immaculate white patches.   She was smudgy and looked as though she’d been lightly dusted with a flour bag.

Fenella’s temperament was as nice as her looks, she was a real little lady, very fastidious and refined in everything she did.   She was never a hooligan and kept herself a bit apart from the other cats, especially in her later years she preferred the company of other ‘golden oldies’ like herself.   Peaches, who is twenty this year, was a special friend.

Fenella was brought in as a stray and we thought that such a lovely cat would be claimed.   She never was though and eventually became one of our permanent residents.   It took a while for Fenella to get to know you and the right adopters just never turned up.    Why did we call her Fenella?   It just came and seemed to suit her – she was an upmarket young lady cat who would have been at home shopping in Harrods!

Fenella enjoyed good health for almost all of her life, she was always a bit picky over food – are you sure this is from Marks & Spencers?  She was never greedy.   As she aged her teeth began to give her problems and last year she had an operation to remove some and clean the rest.   We thought it had done the trick as she had a new lease of life – for a while.

Suddenly she began to fade and began to look very frail.   Yesterday she didn’t eat and the vet thought it was time for to ease her away into her next life.   We didn’t want her to suffer but it was so very sad.

We held her while she went to sleep….. goodbye little friend and good dreams till you come back again …… we’ll miss you.