My Mam - Dot - and myself fell for Sam as soon as we saw him at the Saltburn bandstand. He seemed to take to us as well and we knew his home would be with Mam.
We were told he had had a very sad time for the first 10 years of his life. His final years were spent being loved and spolied by everyone in our family. He was a happy and loving freind and such good company for Mam. He loved to be fussed and built a special bond with Jacob - Mam's 10 year old grandson. Sam loved his walks until he couldn't manage anymore, but was still happy to just lay in the sun or next to Mam's feet.
He is missed so much by us all.
We adopted Tess in September 2004 with a plan to get us all out as a family walking and also for a surprise for my then 10 year old Daughter who desperately wanted a dog. We fell in love with Tess the moment we set eyes on her at the Saltburn Bandstand, took her for a walk in Valley Gardens and adopted her a week later. The excitement of owning my first dog was too much and I remember not sleeping with excitement. We collected her from the kennels in Guisborough and took her straight to the pet shop to buy a new collar, lead, bed and food for her. It was while we were in there we discovered in typical Labrador style Tess's love of food. No sooner had we turned our backs she had helped herself to a couple of the treats to eat from the shelf!
Tess gave us absolute joy for 8 and a half years. To look at her we would never have known she was ill but after being diagnosed with liver cancer she went downhill within a week and we made the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye. We all miss her and the house is unbearably quiet when we come home.
Tess we adored you, you will never be forgotten for the love and joy you gave to our family. x x