Rosie was rescued from breeders in East Yorkshire in 2014.
She was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and 6 years old at the time of her rescue. Rosie had recently given birth to a litter of 10 puppies, a huge number of puppies for a Cavalier.
The breeder was unlicensed and was trying desperately to stay off the radar of the authorities. They did this by using different places to advertise puppies and using an alias when they did.
As with all of the rescue dogs she attended the vets the morning after her rescue. Immediately the vet heard a loud heart murmur, a grade 4-5. Heart murmurs are graded 1-6, 6 being the most severe.
The breeder of course didn’t mention a heart murmur, probably because they wouldn’t have known as it is unlikely Rosie had seen a vet recently if at all.
They still allowed Rosie to have puppies even though she was suffering with Mitral Valve Disease.
It is highly likely that her puppies will all have early onset Mitral Valve Disease too regardless of the fact they were advertised as ‘health tested and vet checked’.
Rosie wasn’t used to living indoors, initially she would hide in the garden behind a hedge as she was too scared to come inside.
It took a long period of adjustment until she was confident enough to sit on our laps or on the sofa.
Often she would urinate in her bowl when she had finished eating, we think this may have been to ‘tell’ the other dogs it was her bowl.
She was the sweetest and kindest girl, so happy with so little fuss.
After a few months we realised it was likely that Rosie also had Syringomyelia, thankfully her symptoms weren’t severe and it didn’t affect her every day.
We lost Rosie in August 2016, losing her so suddenly was one of the worst times of my life. Our time together was so short but I am grateful for every single day she was with me.