2000? to 3 January 2014

It was with great sorrow, Brenda said "Alice went for her last sleep yesterday at 11.30am. 
She went very peacefully in my arms and is now without all the pain.  

We hope they will last forever but that does not happen.

Both Kevin and I are devastated, me especially as she was always with me."

Our hearts really go out to Brenda and Kevin and also to Sandra who fostered Lisa and Alice,
saw her babies enter the world and carefully nurtured them for her. After some initial
struggles and with the help of Lisa and Sandra, Alice became a lovely mum so there
was an extremely strong bond between Lisa, Alice, her (now 8yr old) puppies and all
the humans who cared so much which continued right to the end.
It is a great tribute to Brenda that this once poor pathetic, abused little soul became
such a well adjusted, happy, healthy and wonderful natured girl who was loved by
everybody that knew her. 

Run free forever now Alice with your special brother Sammy, with Carrie and with
Sandra's Buddy.


Alice had not been well for a few weeks. She was keeping one leg up and was walking
on three legs. Brenda thought it was arthritis in her back leg and their vet (who was excellent)
tried various things but nothing seemed to help.
She saw the vet again on 21st Decenber and it was decided to X-Ray the leg on
27th December.  Brenda was hoping against hope that it was nothing sinister because
there was no way she would have her in pain but, apart from this, Alice was perky and
bright-eyed and didn't cry when the leg or hip was moved. On the down side, of course,
she was also well aware that Alice was now an "old lady". 

Alice had her X-rays on the 27th and it was discovered it wasn't arthritis in her leg but the
problem was at the bottom of her spine and that was why she could not raise her leg. 
She was having tablets which seemed to be improving it so much so she was managing
to put her leg down a bit so the vet wanted her to continue with these and see her again
in another 2 weeks.  Unfortunately, Alice hated taking pills and it was taking Brenda ages
to get them down her as, if they were put in her dinner or in a bit of meat, she always
managed to find them and spit them out. In the end, Brenda managed to get her pills
down with the aid of Piccalilli chutney on a bit of meat.
          She seemed quite happy and especially so when Kevin went home for the week-end
which gave her boost and also when Jackson,  a lovely Hungarian Visla, arrived to stay
for a few days.

          Sadly, the improvement was short-lived and, despite the vet trying everything, it wasn't to be with age against her.

Thanks to the ISPCA, three Golden girls arrived one day
Intent on keeping them from harm, they’d raided a cruel puppy farm.
Ringing to recount their hell. they knew that Sandie’d get them well
We had people, good and kind, to foster till good homes we’d find.

Three of six, they crossed the sea then Colin drove them miles till we
Met in Oxford, still at night. They really were a tragic sight.
The three poor girls together cuddled, in a corner, frightened, huddled.
Five humans tried to coax them out but they lacked trust & filled with doubt

When fellow rescue Poppy led then one by one they left their bed
Lisa, Alice and then Carrie but in view they didn’t tarry
They all shot under nearest bush, quart in pint pot at a push
The garden’s safe we go inside. They slowly creep out from their hide

We knew of pain they'd now be free and watch them sniffing round a tree
We re-emerge and back they'd shoot. Eyes wary, every sense acute
Gently lifted, they still froze, in Pauline’s van and off she goes.
Arrived in London, filled with doubt, they’re very gently lifted out

  Indoors, as soon as they are able, they dive beneath the kitchen table
Filled with fear and huddled tight, that’s where they choose to spend the night.
We hide and watch, it makes us bawl, to see them on their bellies crawl
They ate a bit when we weren’t there.  Much more then that they didn’t dare.

  What horrors for these girls befell? For sure, a life of living hell.
 Maybe they’re sisters and a mum? We note the size of one girl’s tum
 Who knew two unexpected nans would very soon be making plans?    
Amazingly, we were grandmothers!!!!!  Alice had produced three brothers

  The tiny babies clung to Mum, for days it’s touch and go
The humans staying close at hand until, for sure, they know
That all is going to be well and all three boys will thrive
With extra feeds for Rupert, all determined he’ll survive.

Assisted feeding, little sleep but Nature at it’s best
Was quite enough reward. Time, once they’re safe, to rest.
Whispered words to Alice “your babes will be quite fine”
“Your pups will not be snatched this time, no reason here to pine”

“You can relax, we’ll help you and Lisa will do too”
With that, she sighed and understood bad times behind she knew
Days of feeding, cleaning, weighing there’s not the time to moan
It’s not too long before our Mum can safely cope alone.

Alice now the perfect Mum, friend Lisa doing less,
She fed them and adored them and licked away their mess.
The days were turning into weeks, all still grew and grew.
Rory middling, Teddy biggest, Rupert gaining too
 For eight years now year our special boys have had a birthday party
With family and their doggy friends, our “pups” all hale and hearty.
They'd all meet up at Brenda’s home where dogs could run and play
And humans all recall that special mad October day.

  But now it's time to say "goodbye"
In tears, we softly mourn
God speed sweet Alice off you fly
Another doggy angel's born.

I'm Still Here

Mum, please don't mourn for me
I'm still here, though you don't see.
I'm right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I'm always near.
I'm everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I'll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I'll never wander out of your sight-
I'm the brightest star on a summer night.
I'll never be beyond your reach-
I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

I'm the colourful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.

When you start thinking there's no one to love you,
you can talk to me through the Lord above you.
I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees, 
and you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep
I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.
Just look for me, Mum, I'm in every place!
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