Forest Dog Rescue are sad to announce the passing of Hazel, a Forest Dog Rescue dog that was fostered by two of our long time supporters and volunteers, Dave and Jeanette Hands.
Everyone who knew Hazel loved her, and anyone who met her instantly fell in love. She was a special little girl who was so friendly and loved everyone she met. Everyone at Forest Dog knew that when Dave and Jeanette came to walk, Hazel would be in the back. She would hop out, have a sniff about, make sure everything was in order and there was no slacking! She would have a fuss from whoever was about and then retire back to the car.
Everyone at FDR are saddened by Hazel's passing and are so grateful that Dave and Jeanette gave her so much love and affection. They gave her a fantastic life and loved her so very much. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dave and Jeanette in this distressing time along with our appreciation. Thank you for being there for Hazel, and giving her such a good life.
Rest in Peace Hazel
Have fun running around Rainbow Bridge xx
Here is Hazel's Story, written by Dave and Jeanette.
"Hazel’s story with us began on
Saturday 30 April 2011, the day after The Royal Wedding. We turned
up to walk the dogs as normal and Lisa brought out Hazel for Jeanette to walk,
telling her not to walk her too far and to bring her back if she starts
coughing as she had a heart murmur. Little did we know at this point how things
were about to change for us…………
After we had finished walking the
dogs we were sat in the office when Alison came in and said to Jeanette, “ you
walked Hazel didn’t you” Then she added, “ you never did have another dog did you”
I was wondering at this point where the conversation was going to next, but I
did have my suspicions! Alison then asked us if we had ever considered
fostering dogs, which we hadn’t even thought of, and Alison told us if we
fostered Hazel, we would basically give her a home for the rest of her life and
that Forest Dog would pick up any vets bills to do with her condition. She
added, because of her condition it was likely to only be for a few months. We
told Alison that we would go home and think about it as we had two elderly cats
to consider. After much discussion throughout the rest of the day we came to
the decision that we would give Hazel a home visit and take things from there.
The next day Jeanette had a beauty treatment booked, so I
turned up at the kennels on my own. I told Alison we had decided to give Hazel
a try with the cats and she told me that, I could take her home myself after I
had walked the other dogs. I sent a text to Jeanette telling her this to which
she replied “Great” Whist I was walking
the other dogs, Tim was busy getting things together for Hazel’s home visit.
When I went to collect Hazel, not only was she there waiting for me , but a
whole lot of other stuff as well, a bed, feeding bowls, Lead and collar and
some food. Alison said take all this with you and if it doesn’t work out bring
her back with the rest of the stuff. So I loaded the boot up and put Hazel in
the back seat and off we went.
When I arrived home, Jeanette had
beaten me to it, so I got Hazel out of the car and opened the front door.
Jeanette was in the hall, so I said to her, “here’s Hazel, and I’ve just got to
get some stuff out of the boot “. Hazel walked straight past one of the cats
without so much as a sideways glance. Promising start I thought. I then started
to get the rest of Hazel’s things out of the car. “I take it this is more than
a home visit! “ Jeanette said after I had finished bringing everything in!
Hazel settled in very quickly,
within the hour she had already claimed her spot on the settee. She slept next
to us in the bedroom and was very good, waking me up to tell me she wanted to
go out. We didn’t rename Hazel, but she was known as Hazel Hands, Hazel H and
Hazel HRH (Due to the Royal Wedding!)
Over the next few weeks we slowly
increased her walks and decreased her food as she was a little overweight. This
did the trick and she became a very slim line little girl! It was on one of her
walks that she met who was to become her best friend, a collie named Timmy.
Whenever she saw Timmy she would run up to him tail wagging furiously. She
never did this with any other dog. We used to take her with us back to Forest
Dog whenever we went to walk the dogs and she used to like jumping out of the car
to have a nose around and get fuss from whoever was about.
Hazel had regular check ups at
the vets, and amazed them with her progress. We were told to keep her as quiet
as we could, but we could not stop her terrier instincts! She used to bark at
the takeaway delivery men, who got to know the address and started to knock the
door and retreat to the end of the drive despite me telling them she would
never hurt anyone! She would also bark at the postman and rag the post in her
mouth! She also kept a close eye on the squirrels and would chase them out of
One thing Hazel didn’t like was
Father Christmas. We have a singing and dancing Father Christmas and when it
went off Hazel barked like mad at it and eventually pulled him over with her
mouth! We managed to capture this on video and will treasure this memory
We knew at some point that
Hazel’s health would deteriorate and we were prepared for this. On December 18
she lost interest in going for her walks and we knew she probably didn’t have
long to go. On Christmas Day, however, she did want to go for a short walk and
this turned out to be her last. Her instincts remained though and even on New
Years Eve, she barked and chased after the takeaway delivery man one last time!
Sadly Hazel lost her brave fight
on Thursday 3 January, when we decided to put her to rest. Neil at
the vets said that she was an incredibly brave girl who lived a year more than
she had any right to.
We miss Hazel terribly but we are
both very proud that she chose us and that we gave her a lovely home for the
last 20 months and 2 days of her life.
Dave and Jeanette."