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Amanda Elsdon-Dew
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear all,

I imagine that anyone who knows me or knew dinah now knows the very sad news that she died back in april from liver disease, far too young at just seven. This is the first time since then that I have been able to face looking at this site, once my prop and stay; all too painful.
She is not forgotten at all, we have so many reminders, like recently when we went up to Norfolk and passed the spot where she once valiantly retrieved my husband's cap from a freezing marsh pool in a howling gale. She was the bravest and sweetest of dogs. And she had become very friendly with people and calm around other dogs too (so long as on a lead). During her many visits to the vet she never stopped wagging her tail, and giving her characteristic imperious bang on the entrance door. 'I'm here!' Right to the end. All very sad and hard to understand.
We took a deep breath and got a puppy very quickly, not at all to replace her but because the hole was so huge and we realised that we were going to have to get a pup quickly or wait a long time since we didn't want a young pup near to the summer holidays. I'd been doing research into golden Retrievers before Dinah got ill because we were wondering whether to get a boy pup to be a companion for her since I always felt sad that due to her 'seeing off' tendencies off lead and great dislike of car journeys she didn't have many canine companions after Brion died and often had to be left at home, although she was a highly interactive and sociable dog. Indeed I annoyed quite a few GR breeders by showing interest and then changing my mind when I really considered and realised that we just couldn't give the proper time to fully socialise and train a new dog without Dinah missing out on her time.
It did mean though that I had done quite a bit of research - and so we found Clemmie, now five months, who is as bright as Dinah and as much of a character but in a totally different way, fortunately. The other day my husband and I were walking ehr through a meadow, which was full of butterflies wihich clemmie was chasing. Suddenlyh a deer leapt up and bounded away. Clemmie stopped, sat back on her haunches, typical of her, watched, we held our breath knowing that Dinah would by then at that age have been off on its heels, but clemmie just turned and went back to her butterflies!
She is very gentle and can be very stubborn, very talkative, she sings, literally, for her food and when the phone rings, and my parents - another story - have been very ill and so I think they despair of me a bit but I am still keying in to Moina van der Heijden and Diane Goodall, who became such friends through helping me with Dinah. Moina is determined that I shall not forget all her training of me. For which I am grateful because of course a GR needs training too. And I am now a convert to obedience training just because it quite transformed my relationship with dinah. And I am sure clemmie will benefit too and anyway I miss them and Lilac and Golly, plus Moina's Yogi (Belgian Shepherd).
Dinah's influence lives on in so many ways. Not least that I made a good local friend (and she made a friend too in Poppy the Sprollie, even managing play dates!) through her becasue Poppy was terrified of the huge lorries that go up and down our country road to get to the brickworks. dinah was fine about them and so we used to walk the two dogs side by side as the lorries rumbled by, and that helped Poppy a lot. Now clemmie is very unkeen indeed on the lorries, and I walk her with Poppy, now much calmer with them, which in turn helps Clemmie!
Just so sad that we don't still hagve dinah, but fantastic to read of all of those that are going so strong. Hooray!
Amanda

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh Amanda, I'm so sorry to hear you have lost your lovely Dinah. We know how you are feeling, after losing Dillon in February there is a very big hole in our hearts and home. Thing of you .

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I am so sorry for your loss. We are going through the same thing since we losing Chewwy at Christmas time


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Used to love reading all about Dinah & her antics. So cruel when they are taken young.
Hope you are ok Amanda. Much love xx

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