If love alone could keep them here , none of these dogs would be at the Rainbow Bridge. They are part of the Success Stories of the Rescue, for they all found a forever home - where they were
respected, protected and LOVED!
Bob was Coco
Sadly was taken only after a short time with the Walsh family
Previous injuries had caught up with him,he had come from Spain
Margaret & David are devastated at his loss.
He was a character in himself loved watching Formula One with David
Loved his walks. Bob was only 7, so was cheated out of life.
So Bob,with no pain now enjoy your life over that Rainbow Bridge,
knowing that you were so loved my Margaret & David and us at Rescue
"Sad news as we had to let Tessie go. She came to us as Betsy almost 2 years ago and was well loved. A funny little character who was at her happiest in her bed! Sadly she developed kidney
problems and went into renal failure. She was never any trouble and brought us nothing but pleasure. We will miss her always."
Steve and Carol
Lost his battle against cancer at the end of September such a very brave lad loved every minute of life and
such a character. So sadly missed by his family.
So sad to advise our dear boy Jacob passed away on Friday 17th July 2020 after almost eight years of love, laughs, long walks and games. Such a personality and missed by so many friends.
In Memory of Kiku
I am writing to let you know that our fabulous wire haired fox terrier died (10th April) at almost 14 years old. She
will leave a large hole in our lives.
We were fortunate that she settled in very well all those years ago and we have many fond memories of her as a fun loving friend
with great character. She was very loyal and after a few years we were able to take her into the woods, well away from other people, dogs or roads and allow her freedom off the lead, which she loved,
although she never strayed too far and kept her eye on us all the time.
She had plenty to deal with medically while she was with us, including having a ruptured spleen only a couple of years from the
re-homing. She recovered well but then started to suffer from Cushing’s disease about 3 years ago which we managed.
Right up until the end she still behaved as though she was a puppy, although she did show signs of her age. On the Friday she
suddenly became very ill and we concluded that she was dying and needed to be put to sleep. We managed to stay with her, and comfort her, until we took her to the vet. She died in my wife’s arms when
we were only about a minute from the vets by car.
We feel very privileged to have spent almost 9 years with her, she had a very special place in our lives.
Many thanks for the opportunity to share such times with Kiku.
Vic & Jane
Twiglet was my mum's dog, who came to us as an old girl. She quickly got
her paws under the table and settled into a life of new adventures. Here she is keeping the sofa warm whilst we were working and showing remarkable restraint in the campervan. Most food within reach
was fair game for her!
She had a lovely life for four years before she died suddenly on 5th
November. The house feels very quiet and sad without her inspecting all the shopping, 'helping' with the cooking and finding a cuddle at every opportunity. We miss her very much.
Gill and Steve Manchester
Heartbroken Dennis & Hazel Oct 19 wrote "It is with great sadness and devastation we have to tell you Ailsa died very suddenly six weeks ago of heart failure. We were just not expecting her to
go so soon. She was alsways so brave, loving and full of mischief. She gave as much love and pleasure to us as we gave her. We loved and miss her so much and still find it very hard to accept she is
not around. Ailsa was so beautiful in every way and not a bad bone in her body. Dennis would always say everyone loved her to bits. We have to thank you for bringing Ailsa into our lives. This
photo was taken a few weeks before she crossed Rainbow Bridge ."
Johnnie was a very special
We picked up Johnnie from Lee in 2010 when he
was just 2 years' old.He was a lovely gentle boy and we had just over six very special years with him.
We would take him to the coast and he, like
us, loved Southwold. This picture is of him and me on the pier, we still miss him and have so many fond memories of our short time with him that to point to any one memory in particular detracts
from the whole.
Kindest regards for the valuable work that you
do -- Griff is coming along as well
Richard & Penny Oct
In memory of Amber – October 2018
I collected Amber from Lee in Norfolk in June 2013, having just lost my previous fox terrier, Lavender, who had also come
from Lee three years earlier. Amber had been found wandering in Wales and had already been via the RSPCA and another owner when we took her on. We felt a bit sorry for her and wanted to give her a
more permanent home on the Isle of Wight. She was a little cautious at first and enjoyed the comfort and safety of her basket when she first arrived, but she soon settled in and became an important
part of my home and life. She had such a kind and gentle nature and was friendly towards everyone (and other dogs!).
Initially, Amber did have a few slightly naughty characteristics (emptying bins, opening cupboards and climbing on to
tables!) and also a few “eccentricities” – she preferred to spend most nights sleeping in the laundry basket, rather than her own bed! We eventually supplied her with a laundry basket for
Amber had a few health problems along the way, but most of
these were dealt with by the local vets. She was diagnosed with cancer in January 2017, but this didn’t stop her from leading a normal and fairly active life. She did slow down in the last year
as old age and arthritis crept up on her, but even as recently as March this year she was having a great time running around in the snow (we don’t see much snow on the Isle of Wight!). More recently
she slowed down quite rapidly and became less interested in going for walks and her usual activities and spent much of her time sleeping and wasn’t enjoying a good quality of life, so we took the
difficult decision to have her put to sleep.
We were so grateful to Lee and FTR for the opportunity to re-home another Fox terrier. Amber made such a difference to
our lives and she will be greatly missed.
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Duggie was an absolute joy to be with, never fussed, never demanded, he was the perfect little guy, loved by us and and his friends in the local. We will never have one quite like
him again. He will always be in our thoughts.
Steve and Carol
Elisabeth wrote to us
"Our fuzzy old Frenchman left us to go over rainbow bridge on Wednesday 7th February 2018. Milou joined
the mad Keam gang in the autumn of 2015 and was always very much his own man. As deaf as a selective post, he could certainly move when he fancied a bit of free-range poulet - in fact we had to
move our lady hens to the paddock to give them some peace and a chance of a restful retirement from commercial egg production and a French WFT. Like anyone from France, Milou loved his food and
would sit impatiently and stamp his front feet when supper was being prepared. He then wolfed his meal downs quickly I am sure it never touched the sides. He seemed to love life on the
farm with our German Shepherd and Jack Russell Terriers and was quite happy surrounded by cats. He would pick up (and eat) anything he found on a walk and it did not matter how decomposed it
was; in fact, the more disgusting it looked to us, the more he seemed to enjoy it.
Every three months we would have Milou clipped though we always preferred it when he looked like a big fluffy
bear with his floppy ears jiggling away.
RIP Milou - we will miss you dreadfully, we are heartbroken but are so thankful you came into our lives which
you made all the more wonderful for your presence."
On 29th September 2013, I rehomed a dog from you - he was called at the time Thrastar but was quickly
renamed Jasper. I am sad to inform you that on 18th October, Jasper lost his battle against kidney insufficiency. He had had the condition for over a year and for the last three months
was living on 'borrowed time' since his blood count had reached 30 at the beginning of July. So, we lived each day at a time, enjoying very short walks and lots of cuddles.
He brought such joy not only to my life but spread smiles and happiness to almost everyone he came into
contact with. Older folk would remember their childhood pet, some remembered one 'on wheels' and little children were re-assured to touch a 'cuddly sheep'. He was such a character and I feel blessed
that when he came to me he was already so well trained. A lead was only necessary on busy roads, he walked along with me and never ran off or was disobedient. He was such a pleasure to walk with.
Thank you for giving me such a wonderful companion.
Lisa November 2017
We lost Monty today . We are
devastated , but so pleased that we know that he had a lovely life with his family here in Yorkshire .
He loved being free in the garden , loved
food ...any food , loved being free on the beach at Filey ...and the fish and chips after , loved the sun on his face and peace he found with us .
Thank you Lee England for allowing us to
adopt him 10 years ago . They have been the best years . Karen 11/08/17
Flossie who FTR UK lost July 2017. RIP sweet girl x x x
In Memory Of Harry
Harry here fast asleep.
It was heart breaking to everyone who knew him, as he passed away peacefully.
Harry lived with Ruth for 14 1/2yrs.
I bred him and named him after my Dad to whom I had just lost.
Harry was a typical Handsome Fox Terrier, everything needed to go his way and his new owner Ruth paid for it if it didn`t.
My advice about Foxys were taken in vain by Ruth at first but she begun to learn fast from me,
and in the end Harry became a fantastic companion(most of the time)to her.
He always hated cats and would love a punch up with certain dogs but like most fox terriers mellowed with age.
Because he would always come and stay when Ruth was away,in a way was still my pup and I shall miss him
so very much,even though my cat is much relieved.
Rest in peace Harry, We will always miss you ,you little tyrant .
Lee x And his mum Ruth xx
We rehomed Fionn over 7 years ago, he was known as Charlie then. We went to visit Lee one Saturday afternoon in March
2009 and came back to Lincolnshire with Fionn ( aka Charlie).
Sadly Fionn passed away on Monday of this week. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer, had coped with his first session
of chemo very well and was due his second treatment later this week. How ever he had lost mobility in his back legs and the cancer had returned.
He was a fabulous dog and will be missed by Paul and myself and our Patterdale / Jack Russell cross Brady. Fionn always lived life
in the chilled out zone, enjoyed his food , his special chair and his holidays in France. He was great with other dogs and people. We love the breed and were always glad we went to visit Lee.
Fionn filled a great void in our lives, when our first Wired Haired Fox terrier Cal passed on.
Maddy who was rehomed by Joy at 2 years of age and passed way 3 weeks ago at the age of 15 and a half.
A character through and through, feared by the vicar and the postman. Lover of squirrels and a footwarmer!
"We miss the dog hairs and her knack of knowing when the fridge opened even though she was deaf and the growl if she knew she had to go out and didn't want to.
The house is dead without her." Sept 2016
"He will always have a very special place in our hearts" Simon.
Lulu who left Hazel on the 4th March 2016 is missed very much and will never be forgotten.
Truman much loved by Dave, Cara, Keana & Callum
This is Archie who Denise lost recently..............click on link for her words to us Archielink
Pebbles passed away December 2015 was loved dearly by Susan and will leave a huge hole in her life.
Bebe from Alison. July 2015
Huckleberry was lost at only 9 months old. He had bags of personality and vitality. He loved everyone and everything - apart from the neighbour's peacock! January 2015
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Jack passed away aged 16 1/2 in October 2014, after 12 wonderful years with Neil and Babs from Devon who adopted him from FT rescue in April 2002. "He will be in our hearts forever. He was a very clever dog (well he thought he was human) and was greatly admired by all who knew him. He loved Christmas time, especially opening presents so this photo reminds us of him so much."
Bertie was adopted by Julie in Dec 2005. His owner had passed away and he had been in and out of the rescue due to his bad behaviour and Julie was his last hope. She had lost two wires 5 months previous and was in a terrible state not knowing if she wanted another dog or not, but along came Betrie and she felt they had both been given another chance.
Continued now in her own words "I brought him home to my house in Bolton. He was a little terror to say the least. He jumped at Buses, Cars, Vans, etc. and if I had a pound for every time he ripped my son's joggers when trying to leave the house or nipped us, I would be very rich indeed. He was hard work to say the least and at one point I actually thought I could take no more.
Sadly Bertie passed away on Monday 22nd September 2014 after suffering for 5 years with liver disease and bad skin problems. Bertie certainly turned his behaviour around, he remained a little bugger at times but that was just him. He became a big part of our lives and after almost 9 years we are heartbroken to lose him. He gave us nothing but pleasure and has left a big hole in my life but I'm so happy to have had him. I would say to anybody if you have a difficult Wire don't give up, be patient. It may take a long time but well worth it in the end."
Eric who passed away recently and left John and Alice. Described as a splendid dog and will be greatly missed. His ashes are to be scattered at Tal-y-Bont.
Paddy was rescued at 14months in 2002 by Peter. He was a lively, happy and cheeky dog until the end of his life. Although he wasn't taught Paddy's stance on sitting was an elaborate 'song and dance act'! He always enjoyed the comforts of the settee to the floor. He was attuned to what time Dinner time was. No one who met him failed to like him.
Bob Jane and Jeff had him for 2 years. He gave them and everybody an enormous amount of love and friendship. He had a great personality and will be sadly missed. Jane and Jeff felt very luckly to have been able to offer him a home and were amply rewarded by him. He is buried in the garden where he loved to roam. May he run free forever.
Archie came to us one week after Molly in June 2002 when he was two and a half. He had behavioural issues but, with a firm, loving and consistent approach, he turned into the most lovely dog imaginable. The key to Archie was that he was a very frightened little dog and, as soon as he knew that we were in charge, he was able to relax and be himself.
Archie loved people, other dogs, and was very demonstrative in his affections – you wouldn’t get a bite from Archie but you would get a lovely kiss.
The only word to describe Archie was ‘dogged’ to the end; he never gave up and he has left a huge Archie-shaped void in our lives. Our other fox terrier, Alice, came to live with us when Molly died and she treated Archie like her puppy and, most of the time, he let her do it. She is very quiet without him.
For the last few months of his life, he used to go out for his ‘walks’ in his dog buggy because he had lost the use of his back legs, with Alice walking by his side (though when it was very cold, Alice used to get in with him),
We are all bereft as are the many visitors to our home who came to know and love Archie, this warm, eccentric little boy. Rest In Peace, Archie, we will never forget you.
Lavender came to live with me on the Isle of Wight in August 2010, having spent 4 months with Lee in Norfolk. She was eight and a half at the time. She soon settled in to her new home. As I live on my own she was a great companion to me, but she also loved the company of all who visited my home. Anybody visiting the house (including complete strangers) would be enthusiastically greeted by Lavender who would then rush off to find them a soft toy to play with!
Lavender was gentle natured and was great fun with children. She also had many amusing (and slightly daft!) characteristics, which endeared her to everyone.
The sudden loss of Lavender on 18 May of a heart related condition has left me and my family feeling very sad and empty. She will be greatly missed by visitors to the house and by many people in the neighbourhood who got to know her well. I only had her for just under three years, but it feels much longer as she made such an impression.
Our dear gentle Poppy came to us in 2009 after a stay at Battersea and Lee's home in Norfolk, we loved her from the very start of our time together.
She gradually gained confidence and developed the terrier stubborn streak. Sadly Poppy had severe heart problems and became ill suddenly in the night of May 24th 2013. We rushed her to the emergency vets but she was too weak and we had to let her go. We are devastated at the loss of our darling girl. She has been buried to rest in the garden where she loved to play. We miss her so much and will never forget her.
After losing their fox terrier Annie aged 15, the family decided to opt for a rescue fox terrier. They met up with Lee to pick up Becky, a five year old, from the Stafford Dog Show.
They'll never forget the day. It was love at first sight. Her first owner (they called her, her real mummy) had passed away and they had the impression that Becky missed her greatly. Obviously she was pretty nervy and timid for a few weeks but gradually with lots of love her confidence grew. She never really liked going for walks (very unusual for a fox terrier!!) and just loved coming home.
Her biggest love was stuffed toys, in fact, anything furry. They have a photo of her with a birthday card in her mouth because it has a bit of fluff on it! The family was forced to hide anything furry and she would stalk a drawer if she knew a furry thing was hidden in it. She ended up with all furry things around her bed or, as the daughter called them. “carcasses” – ha! Sadly she passed away a couple of weeks ago with kidney failure. Although they had her for just 3½ years - she will always be remembered as a very, very special doggy.
The family adopted - a beautiful Wire boy - he was one of our Senior Rescues - but his wonderful family always referred to him as their little boy and their Buddy.
" Buz (Buddy) was adopted in March 09, he camg to live with us in Alconbury Weston, Cambs. Although we only had him for 11 months he soon became very much part of our family and a big part of our lives. He was taken from us by the terrible illness called degenative myothopathy which took him very quickly. It was our pleasure and priviledge to have known him.
He died 12th Feb 2010 and leaves a big hole on our lives and in our hearts. He will be sadly missed. "
The family adopted - a beautiful Wire boy named Harry - he was about 9 years old at the time. Unfortunately they lost him to cancer of the glands.
He was the most
wonderful, patient, fun, and filled their lives to the full. He went camping, climbed the Welsh hills with the family. He
hated the sea and he never could be persuaded to have a swim. He was a true thief and they could never leave anything in his reach.
The family are
going to miss him and thank Mrs England for giving them three great years with him.
We were terribly saddened to hear the news that Jackson passed away – his owners adopted him from the Rescue in 2004. He was found as a stray and had difficulty at first – it took him a while to come out of his shell – but when he did – what a beautiful boy he was!
He had battled many health issues – but in true Fox Terrier style he carried on getting the best out of life – he was one very brave pup.
He started his own blog in 2007 and with Watson, was the inspiration behind a range of terrier greeting cards (www.foreverfoxed.com
). He was always a character – and loved to destroy toys, trample flowers and run on the beach with his pals.
He was nominated for Bravest Pet in Sussex – he started the Substantial Wires club and through his blog was adored by many! He inspired other Rescues to get involved and Jackson and his owners have been instrumental in making our Fun Walks an enjoyable event – Jackson brought so many dogs and owners together – he has left a fox terrier shaped hole in his owners hearts – we will all miss him.
Jimmy was rehomed in 2000 - his new family loved him from the start. He was a joy and they will mis him terribly. Sadly they lost him this year to a degenerative illness. He will be missed
Millie came to the rescue via Battersea Dogs Home - she was adopted when she was 5 years old.
"She was a very independent minded dog who did what she
wanted, but we loved her all the more for that. She was 'mother' to
Spencer and protected him fiercely! "
In summer 2002, after losing their two fourteen year old fox terriers George and Tilly within five weeks of each other, Jan and Geoff contacted the rescue and were able to adopt seven year old Molly from a very loving home in Manchester who because of their changing family circumstances had to re-home her quickly
When they arrived at her previous owners’ home Molly was in the kitchen, her favourite place if food might be on offer - when she came into the sitting room she walked very shyly over and gave Jan a lovely little kiss - from that moment on she was theirs.
Molly was a lovely, spirited, affectionate and often eccentric little girl - and together with her new friends Archie, a three year old fox terrier and Tara a twelve year old toy poodle the three quickly became a little pack. Molly loved being by the seaside – she had some delightful eccentricities she loved making a nest in any sort of container that might be left on the floor, she loved chasing stones and helping Jan and Geoff in the Garden. Tara the poodle died in 2008 and shortly afterwards Molly started to become blind – Archie seemed to understand and was able to help Molly a lot. After seven years in her adopted home and a little after her fourteenth birthday sadly Molly died – they will always be grateful for this little Angel in their lives and hope that they will be able to help another rescue dog and find a new companion for Archie
“You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
We had Polly as a rescue dog in 2003 from Lee England, at that time she was around 5yrs old. Polly was at first a little shy when we brought her home to Warwickshire,but after a short time she grew into being one of the family with myself and my wife. Polly was full of character, she would follow me everywhere I went,she was MY dog, and I loved her to bits.She loved every minute playing with her toys when the grandchildren came to visit,she also understood exactly what you said to her; in particular at dinner time. Polly loved to cuddle up in her bed and understood that if you told her to get in her bed she would do just that and look at you with those big brown eyes.
There is now a very BIG void in the family as Polly was a very lively dog for her age (around 13 / 14) who loved nothing more than going for walks and being very happy with us . Polly will be sadly missed by both of us,and I just hope that she is not suffering now,GOD BLESS POLL'S xxxxx
It is with great sadness that our darling little Rosie has passed away. Rosie became ill in the evening of Christmas Day, by Boxing Day morning we realised that Rosie was very ill. We immediately took Rosie to the vets where after several tests it was discovered she had an inoperable tumour on her spleen which was affecting her liver and kidneys. It was after these findings that we had to make a painful but correct decision to help Rosie on her way and she was put to sleep on Boxing Day at 16.20hrs.
We have had Rosie cremated as we did our other beloved fox terrier Joe. It was an individual cremation and now we have Rosie’s ashes along side Joe’s.
We thank you for the opportunity to have been able to give Rosie a home. We absolutely adored Rosie she gave us so much love and affection. It was so very sad that we only had Rosie for 17 months but we will never forget Rosie she will live on in our hearts forever.
As the discerning reader can tell – Rowan is not a fox terrier. He is in fact a freakishly large Welsh Terrier. Rowan came to the rescue with a fox terrier companion and was taken in ‘by association’. He was adopted in 2006 - he was loved from day 1 - what an amazing boy. It was clear that this beautiful boy was a tornado - and their lives would change dramatically.
If he was a human he would be called a hero. His positive attitiude to life in the face of so much hardship (4 homes and over 2 years spent in kennels,plus battling two different cancers). His outgoing fun-loving and trusting nature was incredible and inspirational. He was loved by anyone who loves dogs. He is an irreplaceable member of our family and we love him so deeply.
His owners allowed him to be the dog he wanted to be - and were so thankful they had the priviledge of knowing him. He was always and will always be the top dog. He has let a massive hole in their lives. Despite the great sorrow they feel, they wouldn't have missed the chance to have such an angel in their lives. A small tribute was made for his memory on YouTube (YouTube link
Take care King Rowan, may you terrorise all the little mice at Rainbow Bridge and put all those Rottweilers in their place. We will miss you.
Her owners had the privilege of owning her for just under 7 years. They collected her from Lee in November 2002 and brought her back to York to share their home with their other WHFT Harvey. It is fair to say they eventually both agreed to differ after a numerous confrontations! I believe Sophie was very happy with us and enjoyed life immensely, sadly for her family she died in late September this year (2009).
Terry came to us 10years ago. He was around 4plus years old and had been with 2 families already. Initially he was quite nervous,but very quickly settled in with us and Darcie our female wire.Terry loved other dogs and children and has been a great part of our grandaughters lives,he loved their toys and enjoyed nothing better than joining in with their fun.
We owe much to Terry as he was a catalist that enbled us to join the local community when we moved to Devon 7 years ago,as he was so admired for his handsome looks.Our local Ramblers group will also miss him as he accompanied us on our weekly 8 milers.Thank you so much Terry for giving us so much pleasure and leaving so many memories.
Toby was adopted from the Rescue in April 2004 and his owners enjoyed every hour and minute of the day with him. He became ill very, very quickly and passed away recently.
The four and half years that they were with him were an absolute joy and he was told on a daily basis how beautiful he was and how much he was loved. They share their grief at his loss with their friends and family - everyone is very upset, especially those who knew him well and most saying what an intelligent charismatic chap he was.
The family are grateful for having the opportunity to be part of his life.
Toby was adopted from the Rescue in August 1991 - his owners were so excited at meeting him they arrived an hour early. It was love at first sight - the sadness of his passing has been outweighed a thousand fold by the happy memories thy have of their time together; How he would stand on the passenger seat of the car, paws on the dash and head out of the window - beard blowing in the wind! He never forgot to remind them of tea time, or his routine of din-dins, tablets and chew! He had loys of favourite places: the churchyard, playingfields and woods in Adderbury; the fields around Broughton Castle; Banbury on market day to name a few.
He had an extra special favourite thing to eat as a treat - an ice cream cornet - he would hear the van and look out the window and start barking 'Come on Dad, get my pennies' - he would salivate all the way to the van - his owners would hold the cornet for him turning it round so that it would be slurped evenly, until it was just above the cone - at this point Toby would gently take it and lie down with it bewteen his paws - not even a crumb survived.
In 2002, Watson was rehomed at the tender age of 8. He was a lovely boy and came from a loving home, but they were going to have a baby and thought he wouldn't like not being the centre of attention.
He suffered terribly from separation anxiety but that was Ok as both owners in his new home worked from home and had the time and patience to help him. Sadly he died rather suddenly from cancer in August 2004 but his memory lives on!
He was obssessed with food and could recognise the tell-tale rustle of a crisp packet opening from quite some distance. He once ran the full length of a park to steal a bacon sandwich off the plate of an unsuspecting person enjoying lunch at the park cafe. He is deeply missed and after three weeks - his owners came back to the Rescue and adopted Jackson (please see above)
If you would like to remember your Fox terrier rescue dog on this page - please email Lesley
the photos and text.