Yesterday I spent the morning acting as chauffeur to a wonderful small time cavalier breeder who had volunteered her very frail old lady of fifteen to the Cavalier Collection Scheme.

The owner contacted me when it became obvious that her oldie, who was incontinent, very unsteady on her legs and bewildered when she needed to be cleaned up, no longer had any quality of life to look forward to.

We went to Cambridge where the little dog was given a general anaesthetic, MRI scanned, and then, while still unconscious, she was put to sleep while being held by her very brave owner.
This was not an emergency situation, so we were able to carefully plan to ensure all the people needed were available when we arrived.

Invaluable cell tissue samples were taken very soon after death to aid research into syringomyelia, MVD and pancreatic disease in cavaliers ( and in humans )

I do not know if the little dog's owner, who did give me permission to post about the 'gift of life' she so bravely volunteered, ever visits this forum. I do hope she does, because I would like her to know just how much I admire her and how grateful I am that she showed what some of the ordinary caring cavalier breeders & owners are capable of doing.

She said she wanted to give something back to cavaliers and what she actually has done is help to give our cavaliers the chance of a healthier future.

And bless her heart, she also donated a generous amount of money to the Collection Scheme.