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PHOEBE R.I.P.

In Memory of our Beautiful Girl Phoebe

(Wellknowe Candle Light 1CC)  10/10/97 - 21/8/07

Phoebe was about ten weeks old the first time I saw her, playing with her two sisters Rosie and Rachel at her breeder's (Miss Pat Jones).... three such pretty babies....  I had long admired their handsome sire Shep (Ch Wellknowe Craftsman) and loved the temperament of their clever mum Panda (Wellknowe Four Seasons) so took a special interest in this litter.

When Phoebe was about five months old Pat asked me if we would like her to come and live with us, on an informal partnership basis, and of course I said yes!!!  And so this sweet, gentle, self-effacing little bitch joined our household, where she fitted in so well, friends with everyone but especially close to Jess.

As a youngster she blossomed, and began to win well at the shows, including BPIS at the Bearded Collie Club of Scotland Ch Show, and a Challenge Certificate at the tender age of 19 months.  However soon before her third birthday we found a strange "lump" and she endured major abdominal surgery, complicated by severe peritonitis, and we were lucky not to lose her, but she defied the odds and made a brave recovery.

I guess you could say she was "spoilt" after that, as we always felt some of her strength had gone, so she was treated just a little bit differently, and if she seemed tired, or had an "off day", no pressure was ever put on her.  Eventually it became clear that the trips to shows weren't suiting her as well as they once had, she didn't always enjoy them and would sometimes be quite ill the day after.  Reluctantly, as she was still very beautiful, with her glorious dark blue coat highlighted with classic white markings, we retired her from all but a very occasional outing. Phoebe became a full-time pet and a wonderful companion dog, and very happy she was too, with a smile and a wag for everyone, and the kindest nature you could ever want. I can honestly say that in all the time I knew her, I never once heard Phoebe so much as growl at any other living creature.  Car rides were a joy to her, especially those that included a new walk, with exciting smells and long grass to roll in, but she loved her routine too, and her food!   Phoebe's needs were simple, and she was utterly content with her peaceful life.

How sad we were that this dear gentle happy girl was hit by such a cruel disease as cancer. She was diagnosed in January 2007 and given a very poor prognosis. Bravely she carried on, doing all her normal things until well into the Summer, then slowing down with enormous courage and dignity until she finally left us, quietly and gracefully, on the morning of 21st August, two months short of her tenth birthday.

Everybody who knew Phoebe loved her: she was that kind of dog. She is sorely missed by all of us here at Talraz.

POSTSCRIPT

Sadly Miss Jones also passed away, on 5th June this year (2008) R.I.P.

 

As a Puppy
As a Puppy
Phoebe as a fluffy chubby baby of eight months, already showing promise of the beauty she would become.
As a Junior
As a Junior
Aged about 18/19 months here and wearing her pale "junior" coat
A very cold day at Birmingham Ch show
Growing up
Growing up
A month or so later, more relaxed on a sunny day in the back garden at home
Stunning as an adult
Stunning as an adult
Taken in the front garden at home around the time she was beginning to find the shows hard to cope with
Mature beauty
Mature beauty
A very hot day at York racecourse and I can remember Phoebe seeming to wilt in the heat, though dutifully posing for the photo
Taken early retirement
Taken early retirement
Relaxing in the evening sunshine in the garden at home
Peaceful times
Peaceful times
Very relaxed here doing "nowt much".....gently meditating while enjoying a light breeze
Food always appreciated!
Food always appreciated!
Tucking into fresh rabbit for her dinner, always one of her favourite meals
Freshly bathed and groomed
Freshly bathed and groomed
The last time I was able to do a proper full bath and groom - Phoebe very tired but looking much like her old self for this portrait, though her eyes are very sad
Not well at all
Not well at all
As she grew more fragile, Phoebe slept a great deal - when the weather permitted she lay in her favourite spots in the garden, and looked very peaceful
Moral support from Ruby
Moral support from Ruby
Often one or more of the other dogs would lie with her to keep her company, this time it's Ruby and here someone (probably Honey or Diva) has thoughtfully left her a gift of a blue ball
Farewell sweet friend
Farewell sweet friend
Rest in Peace Phoebe xxx