IN MEMORIAM
Our beautiful Brittany dogs who have passed.
FBR0007 Duke
Passed on 25April2018

From FBR: We lost another dear alumni last month. It took 6 months in our rescue for Duke to find the right forever home. The first 3 months were touch and go on whether or not he would make it through heart worm treatment, but he did. Then when adopters would come to meet him, he would say hello then run as far as he could away from them. That is, until Jim arrived--then it was like magic--Duke ran up to greet Jim and never left his side. A week later Jim and his family came for him. They just celebrated 5 great years with this gentle giant, and he was very loved. We just wish it could have been longer.

Tribute from Duke's Family: Our Duke (aka: Dukers, The Duke)

Duke came to us from Florida Brittany Rescue as we journeyed to Myakka City April 28, 2013 with all his new brothers and sisters to bring him home to Loxahatchee. Described and observed as a happy boy but a bit of a loner, we soon found we had a lot to learn from this magnificent Brit!

Once settled in he checked everything out, romped (with his always elegant gait) in the yard and settled by the back sliders and just stared outside. The very first day he escaped! Searching frantically by car and foot he magically appeared 45 minutes later like nothing had happened at all! That evening we ordered a GPS, and it was his newfound friend as far as we were concerned. After a year he really didn’t need it…this was his home, and he guarded it like it was gold.

On his first visit with our local vet to get established, he unfortunately tested positive again for heartworms and had to go through 2 more full treatments. His activity was restricted, and he took the treatments in stride and settled into his new home and family. Observant and smart, he soon figured out how important he had become to our entire family and, loner no more, he took over the Pack….the chair…the bed...the couch! His only real fear was of thunderstorms, how he hated them. As soon as it started storming, he would head straight for the bathroom and climb into the bathtub and stay there until the storm was gone…there was no coaxing him out of the tub, no way no how!

Once off of activity restriction, he just bloomed. Duke loved to run, still the master lizard chaser, his focused concentration was a sight to behold. He was quite a clown. He loved music and to dance. If he had something to say he’d say it. We would be sitting talking about something and up came his head, and he just talked and talked until he had his full say in the matter. His quiet, gentle nature naturally just took over everyone's hearts. He thought he was a small dog and could fit into tight places, and it was always fun to see him realize he couldn’t quite fit there. His beautiful face, soulful eyes, gorgeous coloring, long legs and narrow butt made him one handsome boy that did not go unnoticed by anyone.

Through the years he was the welcome wagon for anyone who came to visit – he craved being the center of attention without being demanding. All of our friends and family always asked how is Duke? His unconditional acceptance of changes in the home were all fine by him as long as he was home!

In December 2017 he developed a cough and was diagnosed with bronchitis and placed on antibiotics and cough meds. On Christmas day he coughed up blood and was immediately taken to the ER and admitted for 5 days. Washing, biopsies, breathing treatments and a bronchoscopy later the docs were still puzzled until a rare bacteria came back from the biopsies. The heartworms that had damaged his lungs had pockets that the bacteria had settled in and was determined to be the source of the bleeding and the chronic cough. The docs developed a regimen and it appeared to be working. Duke was feeling better and back to his fun and games but with coughing jags that would come and go.

He passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his chair on a Wednesday morning late in April. We had a wonderful 5 years with Duke and although there is a hole in our heart he gave us so many memories and love that the hole is filled with the love of Duke. He was one-of-a-kind, and we miss him every day but know that he is still here in spirit. The morning that he died I was by the koi pond, and for the first time ever the water lilies bloomed for one hour…I knew it was Duke's way to comfort and tell us everything would be okay.

FBR0008 Willow
From FBR: Willow passed away just shy of her 13th birthday. She was one of our early rescues and she had the most incredible personality. Anyone who met Willow always commented on how beautiful she was. She was FBR’s inaugural calendar (2017) cover girl. We were so happy when she adopted to a friend of FBR, so that we could see so her again and follow her life on Facebook. She had 6 years of being loved and cherished for by her family. Run pain-free girl, you were so very loved.

From Willow’s Family:

She left a hole in my heart when she left. Miss Willow Mae, the Barker of all barkers.

Miss Willow.....the smartest and funniest girl to enter into our lives. She barked like crazy, she could open the garbage can, sometimes even with the child proof lock on it. She was the best snuggler and the alpha girl in our house. We got six years of pure love and laughter with our girl. I still hear her walking in the night, I still wait for her to beg for her 8:00pm milkbone. She was a blessing to our family, and we will never be the same now that she is gone.

FBR0014 Franny - passed away while in our care -
From Florida Brittany Rescue: Franny was rescued from a nice man in Pasco County FL when he was told by a UPS driver about a Brittany he saw on his route living in deplorable conditions outside in the cold and rain. That night he went to the home and the owners were happy to be rid of the dog they called an escape artist. Once at the vet he learned Franny was very sick: heart worm positive, fecal worm positive, pneumonia, and almost every tooth in her mouth had been broken from chewing on the chain that tied her down. After several weeks of getting her over the pneumonia, he then reached out to FBR for help, and we said we would take her into our care. Unfortunately the years of over-breeding also resulted in mammary tumors, and the probable cancer and heart worm combined, made it impossible for Franny to recover. She had 3 happy months of warm, dry conditions, good food and lots of love before she left.
FBR0015 Newman
Passed late August 2018

Goodbye to Newman who was one of our early rescues who came down from GA with his baby teeth still falling out when he arrived. He had 6 great years living a good life with his family...but we all know there is never a good time to lose a beloved pet, and never enough time with them. Run Pain Free, Newman.

From Newman's Family:

It has taken a couple of weeks for me to be able to send this news to you. I'm still typing this thru tears. Two weeks ago, we lost Newman. Long story short, he had lymphoma, and by the time he showed signs, it was too late. It came fast and spread even faster. We tried everything, but he was suffering. We've had to do this before, but this time hit us REALLY hard. He did A LOT with us. These are a few photos of his last days. He LOVED the boat and his daddy!!

FBR0021 Foxxie
From Foxxie's Family: Foxxie came into Florida Brittany Rescue after she was dumped at Polk County Florida Animal Control by her owners. They said she was 10, and it was obvious that she had not been cared for in a very long time: filthy, flea infested, ear infections and in desperate need of dental care. We got her through all her medical needs but she suffered hearing loss from her previous neglect. Upon arrival Foxxie was a very reserved girl, well-mannered and sweet. She never would get up on the furniture, despite our encouragement to do so. She did not like having her picture taken, and if we brought the camera out she would leave the room. She loved to ride in the car, going to McDonald's for McDoubles or an ice cream cone. Our two week foster turned into a permanent home for her, but it was not nearly long enough. She became fast friends with our GSP rescue, Stryker, joining him daily on his exploration of our property. She only lasted two years with us before succumbing to complications of Laryngeal Paralysis. We loved Foxxie dearly and miss her very much.
FBR0027 Magick - passed away while in our care -
From Florida Brittany Rescue: In the group photo, Magick is on the far right with his feet in the air. He had just recovered from a bad seizure (we thought he was going to die), and when I saw he was running with the dogs again it made me feel hopeful about him. Magick came out of the July 2013 Louisiana rescue. FBR brought 13 dogs from this rescue to Florida. 11 survived and went on to lead happy lives. Magick was a puppy, and it was hard to tell how old he was, but we guessed 6 months. FBR cared for him for 5 months as he came in and out of seizures. He had many happy days running and enjoying life as a loved dog for the first time in his short life.
FBR0036 Shelby - passed away while in our care -
From Florida Brittany Rescue: Shelby also came out of the July 2013 Louisiana rescue. Both Magick and Shelby were the two extreme cases that showed just how horrible over-breeding and hoarding can be on a dog. Shelby had so many issues: heart worm positive, mammary tumors, chronic dry eye, cauliflower ears, and a mouth of broken, rotten teeth. She was too sick for us to do anything but make her feel comfortable and loved for the time she had left.
FBR0037 Luke
Passed May 2016

From Luke's Family: Almost three years ago, we were lucky enough to adopt the sweetest old soul into our family. He hadn't had the best life or the attention he needed, he didn't know much and understood mostly Spanish. But boy could he make us smile. He was goofy and had a young spirit. He was mild mannered and loved the children. He woke them up with kisses in bed most mornings, and it was his favorite thing to do...beside lizard hunting of course. We picked him up from boarding on Friday night, and he was so excited to be home running and jumping and unfortunately drinking and eating way too quickly. He got bloat and his stomach twisted. They tried to help at the emergency vet, and we hoped he would recover but he took a turn yesterday afternoon, and Aaron and I made the very hard decision that it was time. Over 13 years is a good run for a pup. He has no more pain, and we hold on to that. Rest easy Lukey Boo, we love you.

FBR0041 Burton - passed away while in our care -
From Florida Brittany Rescue: Burton came from a kill shelter in Alabama, left there by his owners to die along with another Brittany female. FBR was contacted by the shelter as they thought he had a chance at life still. We arranged a private plane to fly there and bring him down to Florida. Once vetted we were told he had severe dental issues that would require surgery to close of the holes in his gum line, but he needed to build up strength in order to survive the surgery. We tried everything to get him to eat but Burton knew it was his time to go and after 2 weeks he passed away quietly in his sleep.
FBR0042 Bailey
From Bailey's Family: Bailey was an owner-surrender who came to Florida Brittany Rescue at 13 years old. He was a very healthy male with a goofy grin, lots of energy and an endless appetite. Bailey was able to spend his final years running the Venice Dog Beach and his large, shady backyard. Bailey, or "Bailey Boo" as he was affectionately called, loved life and made friends everywhere he went. He died just before his 15th birthday. I still miss him every day, but am thankful for the time we had together.
FBR0043 Maddie
Passed on 23October2017

My Maddie was the sweetest soul I have ever met. She joined our Miami pack three years and eight months ago. She left us on October 23, 2017. Maddie was 15 years old. It’s amazing how our lives changed when Maddie joined our family. Everything became about her. Daily life takes its course and I didn’t notice just how much we adapted to make her happy, healthy, and safe. Maddie was a dancer! She danced for her meals, her treats, and whenever I came home! She was always excited, a heavy breather, and a noisy walker. Maddie was calm, loving, and accepting. Today our home feels so empty! In time we’ll create a new normal. I’m so happy she was in my life. I loved taking selfies with the Mad Hatter! A beautiful baby! She’s forever in my heart!

FBR0044 Woody
Passed on 16April2018

Woody (the former FBR044) crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He has been FBR's Mr. July in both our 2017 & 2018 calendars. He had an amazing life traveling the USA with his pack of fur buddies and enjoying his pool in Punta Gorda, FL. Over the years we saw Woody at many of our FBR fund raisers and when his owner got sick few years ago, we got this sweet update on him: "Woody is the most intelligent Brittany that has owned us. He is number 9. When the home nurse comes, he sits by Gene and watches everything she does. He will not leave Gene's side until she leaves. Sometimes she must step over him to get to Gene. He is an amazing boy. He is loved."

From Woody's Family: "Our beloved Woody left us on Monday, April 16. He was a wonderful part of our family for 4 years. We miss him every day and are grateful for the 4 years that he enriched our lives. Thank you for sharing this extraordinary dog with our family."

Run Pain Free Woody and stay away from those alligators!

FBR0051 Hazel
“Forever isn’t long enough” is so true when we write about the recent passing of Hazel, who crossed the bridge on November 30th, 2016 after a long battle with liver disease and the complications from it. Hazel was a stoic girl who endured a lot until she found the perfect forever home in May 2014. Hazel learned how to be a beloved member of the family, how to accept love and give love, how to play with other dogs and toys. She especially loved the freedom she had in her forever home, with its doggy door which led to her beautiful and safe fenced-in yard, where she could hunt and play until her heart was content. Hazel touched so many lives and made an impression on her owners' souls. Run pain free Sweet Girl. You were loved.
FBR0060 Charlie
Passed January 2016

Charlie was an owner-surrender by the adult children of Charlie's previous owners (their father died and their mother went to live with family out of state). He arrived at FBR frightened and 20 lbs overweight. It took 4 months before the right forever home came for Charlie. They actually came to Myakka to see another adoptable dog in our care and fell in love with Charlie, as did Wyatt, their young 1 year old dog...it was so beautiful to watch how bonded they became in just one meeting. Charlie got into excellent shape with his new owners, and they loved him very much, even celebrating his 8th birthday this past November (2015) with party hats and doggy cake. So it was with heavy hearts when we learned that Charlie's life ended suddenly due to an aggressive form of cancer, which he seemed to have bravely hidden from all the diagnostic testing he underwent. A dog's life is short, and it doesn't matter how long we have them: it's just never long enough. One thing for sure...we know Charlie's last year with his forever family was most likely the best year he ever had. His little brother Wyatt learned how to be a good boy with Charlie's watchful eye. Run pain-free, sweet Charlie...we will miss you.

From Charlie's family: "Our souls ache, but we know that he is in a much better place."

FBR0063 Jake
Passed 21May2018

From Florida Brittany Rescue: Our dear alumni Jake (former FBR0063) crossed over the rainbow bridge this week at 12 years old. He had 2 very happy years with his owner as an only dog. In his care he was very spoiled and so very loved.

From Jake's Family: Jake was doing fine until this morning and just stood still. That certainly was not normal so I took him to the vet. They did an x-ray and found a tumor larger than a grapefruit on his spleen. They thought with his age and condition an operation was not in the cards. Well he went fast and for that I am grateful. Thank you for giving him to me.

Run pain free sweet boy!

FBR0069 Ladybug
From FBR: Earlier this month Ladybug crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully in her owner's arms. Reading the warm tribute below makes her rescue all the more special. Run pain free Pretty Lady.

From Ladybug's Family: On Thursday, 6/7/2018, I had to help my friend Ladybug leave her body. She wasn't really “in pain” or “suffering,” but it was time. The pain that comes with extreme arthritis was managed with pain medication. She didn't have a terminal illness, but had been very slowly deteriorating in her old age. We didn't really know for sure how old she was when she came to Florida Brittany Rescue, but my vet thought she was already 12-13 years old. That was 3 years and 3 months ago.

Until Thursday she could get to her feet on her own, with difficulty, and hobble around. She often reminded me of myself first thing in the morning -- it takes a lot more effort than in our youth, but it can be done. Is that suffering? My teenage self might think so, but that's how it goes when you get older. We learn to accept it, and adapt. But on Thursday she looked at me with a look that said, “I'm done. I'm worn out. It's time to move on.” It was in her eyes. Even with assistance she couldn't stay on her feet. It was time, and she needed help.

When Ladybug came to us 3 years ago, she was extremely thin, had bleeding gums, and an ear infection. We had to have 4 teeth extracted and cure the ear infection. In the next few months her appetite and energy level improved, and she came back to life and became a happy, sweet, gentle senior dog with incredibly soft fur.

I was supposed to be her foster dad, but when it came time to find her a forever home, I couldn't let her go. She had too many special needs and was already a good fit with Katie and Abby. And so, I kept her. Ladybug lived the quiet life of a senior dog alongside her little sisters, Katie and Abby. Katie and Abby were always very gentle with Ladybug.

We learn a lot from our dogs, and I probably learned more from Ladybug than from any of my previous five dogs. From Ladybug, I learned patience. Not just regular patience, but world class patience. I often said she was like a radio-controlled dog, and that someone up above was messing with me by constantly moving her to the exact place I needed to be. I had to adapt to her. She was the old lady, and I just had to be patient and kind. Those are good personality muscles to develop, and I know I'm a much better person for having had Ladybug in my life. She prepared me for this past year in my mom's life after my dad died in February 2017, and to understand the day-to-day challenges of being elderly.

Because she had the most amazing talent to be constantly underfoot, or to block whatever path I needed to take, I just had to laugh and find the humor. Because I had to constantly watch where I stepped, I still find myself looking out for her, and missing her 100 times a day. I know that habit will pass, but for now, I miss her often.

Below was the little ditty that I'd quietly sing to her when we were cuddling, or when I wanted her to feel at ease and not be stressed out from her occasional elderly confusion. It was also what I sang to her as she was receiving the shot that ended her life.

The Buggy Boo Song

“You're my boo-boo, my buggy-buggy-boo-boo. My little boo-boo, my buggy-buggy-boo-boo.”

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -Winnie the Pooh.

FBR0071 Charlotte
Passed on 10-28-17

From FBR: Charlotte was an owner surrender, who was neglected, arriving with heart worms, fecal worms and urinary infection. She also had broken and worn down teeth from years of trying to escape from an outdoor kennel. She suffered from severe storm anxiety. She was a special needs dog who needed the right owner to come along with little away time. On Aug 15, 2015, that day happened, and boy, did she ever find the perfect owners! She was a regular at FBR headquarters as we promised to pet sit for her whenever her very special owners went away. She was a sweet mothering dog to all the young pups that passed through FBR while she was here, and we will always love how kind she was to Cracker. She taught all the young ones a thing or two about hunting lizards and squirrels. She died too soon. We estimate her age at 10 1/2.

From Charlotte's Family: Bill and I were able to give this sweet, gentle 8 yr old lady a loving, comfortable and safe home with plenty of squirrels and lizards to hunt, sweet grass to stretch out on, shaded sand to dig and lie in, and soft beds in her favorite rooms. But she gave us so much more in the 2 years she shared with us and we treasure those memories. Even strangers commented on how beautiful she was but they couldn't see her beautiful, loving and appreciative soul like we could. Sweet Charlotte, you crossed the Rainbow Bridge too soon but are now pain (and thunderstorm) free. Rest in Peace, you will be in our hearts forever.

FBR0076 Floyd
Passed on 10June2017

We are all so incredibly saddened here at FBR to learn that one of our own, Floyd (former FBR0076), a sweet and gentle soul, passed away peacefully in his sleep this past Saturday. He had almost 2 years with his forever family which were filled with great times, enormous love and lots of belly rubs. Just as Floyd's last couple of years were so wonderful, his early ones were as dreadful. He was a stray in Ocala, FL, living in the woods along a remote road known by the locals for dog dumping. A Good Samaritan saw him while she was driving to work one morning, noticing that he would run down to the road from the woods every time he heard a car or truck approach, in hopes, we suspect, that his owners were returning for him. On May 28th 2015, his life changed course because on her way home for lunch, this same dog ran straight down to her SUV. She stopped, opened the door, and Floyd jumped right in, so happy, grinning from ear to ear. He was in terrible condition and very sick, but after 3 months in foster care under strict medical supervision, he rebounded back to health, eager for his next adventure: finding his perfect forever home! Floyd adopted into a family whose members treasured him beyond measure. He was the first dog this family ever had, and from the youngest to the oldest, they were truly besotted with him.

From his family: "He loved his little panda and unicorn stuffed animals. He had what we called his "spot" under our grand piano. It was his safe place where he would collect all the stuffed animals from around the house and pile them there. He would lay among them like a king! When Miles (our youngest) was still really little, Floyd would steal his pink frosted donut right out of his hand, so we used to say that Floyd loved Dunkin' Donuts! We are all very devastated right now, as this was totally unexpected. We gave him a proper burial in our backyard. The kids have been taking it really hard, especially our 7 year old who was literally Floyd's best friend. Please keep us in your prayers as the next few months are going to be very difficult. Floyd was such a good boy. He loved to follow everyone around. He loved to run around the yard and provided so much happiness and laughter in the short time he was with us. We would love to rescue another Brittany once we have recovered from our loss." - Tracy, Jeff, Jude, Kate and Miles

FBR0081 Josie
Passed on 16February2018

From Florida Brittany Rescue: Josie was dumped at a shelter by her breeder after she was of no use anymore. She came into our rescue Early October 2015 at 8 1/2 years old and weighed 68 lbs. It took 3 months to get her down to 40 lbs so we could then spay her and start looking for her forever home. In January 2016 she hit the jackpot when she found her way onto Jacqueline's lap. She had two good years of devoted love and happiness, and we are so sad it couldn't have been longer. Run pain free sweet Josie.

From Josie's Family: Josie passed away after suffering many medical problems in the past few months that caused her severe anemia and tremors that caused her to struggle to walk. Josie, AKA Gladys, AKA Chigger, came into Florida Brittany Rescue from Georgia, through the efforts of many volunteers. Josie was a sweet Brittany who just loved all people. She also had an appetite that was never satisfied. While other Brittany’s hunted squirrels, birds or other small animals, Josie hunted something to eat. Josie was the best Cuddlier ever and would snuggle every night before returning to her beloved crate. With the crate door always open, she responded to the morning alarm by running and jumping on the bed to cuddle some more before a walk and breakfast. The end was peaceful as she passed away in my arms, watching me the entire time. She was well loved and will be missed by many.

FBR0088 Buttons
Passed on 12August2017

Buttons has crossed over the rainbow bridge. He had a brain disorder that medications could no longer control. He was loved dearly by his people and they nurtured and cared for him. He was known in his home as the " guitar dog" because he loved to lay on his owner's lap and have him play the guitar on his belly. Run pain free sweet Buttons, you were loved.

From his family: "Buttons was a perfect gentleman in every way except for when the signals from his brain were wrong. He was loved no matter what happened but love just couldn't fix the problem. My heart is still broken 💔"

FBR0093 Jag
On 20.Sep.2016, our rescue lost one of the best-natured Brittanys ever; his name was Jag. He was a very handsome 5 year old owner-surrender that came in with his litter mates Coco Joe (fka Feather) and Poppy, as well as his sister, Nina, from another litter. Jag adopted quickly and settled into a home that loved him dearly. He had a best bud, a young 9 year old boy with whom he played retrieving, and went boating, fishing and camping. Jag began to have issues with urinary incontinence, and after several weeks of trying to treat him; we all agreed he needed to come back to FBR for further diagnostics and treatment. Initially he did well, and we thought he was on the mend; but then he just stopped eating and couldn't tolerate the medications needed to cure the kidney infection. We all tried so hard to save this lovely boy. The necropsy revealed Jag had been born with only one kidney, which was full of infection. Our vet assured us there was no way we could have known, he never showed us his symptoms until it was too late. Run pain free sweet Jag, you were loved and those who you touched will never forget you.
FBR0099 Woody
Passed on 14August2016

Every dog has its own story on how he or she came into rescue. In Woody's case his original owner passed away. A rescue in Ohio, run by prison inmates, took him in and made him adoptable again. A young man in Florida saw his post and arranged to adopt him, and he had a loving home for almost 2 years. His owner needed to leave the country and could not take Woody with him, so he contacted Florida Brittany Rescue. Woody became FBR0099: he was a big field Brittany weighing in at 64 lbs! We had his hernia repaired, and he had his first dental ever which resulted in 6 extractions. The stars were perfectly aligned for Woody as we didn't have to look long to find him his new forever home, and he adopted immediately. Woody lost his life to a fast-growing cancer, you know the ones undetectable by blood work. The mass covered his spleen, and he could suddenly no longer eat and was in a lot of pain.

From Woody's Family: "Woody, we promised you a forever home, and you got it sweet boy. So grateful for having you the last two months. You will be remembered for galloping (not running) through the house, playing chase with your toys, your love of blueberries and apples, your head lying on our laps, being so kind and understanding of Crockett, your gentle way, your head held high in your walks. You were loved, sweet boy, and you are missed."

FBR0124 Rosie - passed away while in our care -
Passed on 13May2017

From Florida Brittany Rescue: We very sadly had to let our sweet little rescue, Rosie go on Saturday. She had 32 days of love, good food and comfort. Thankfully, she didn't die along the side of the highway where she was found as a stray. We are guessing that Rosie was around 10 years of age and lived a very hard life as an outdoor kennel dog. All the telltales signs were there: broken teeth, incisors gnawed down to the gum line, deaf and eyes cloudy from living outdoors under the harsh sun. She clearly had had no veterinary care as she was heart worm positive and had mammary tumors so deep that surgery was not an option for her. Our loving fosters who found Rosie did all they could to get her strength up for heart worm treatment and dental work and to give her a chance at a good life, but there were too many health issues for Rosie to overcome, and she declined very quickly at the end, much to our surprise and sadness. Rosie had such a sweet and trusting disposition despite her mistreatment, and so true to the Brittany breed, she wanted to please her pack -- she helped the resident dog, who is blind, around the property. We can't thank our volunteers enough for all they did to make her last days the best days she could have had. And we also thank Dr. Laura for making her passing a serene one. Run pain free, sweet Rosie girl, you were loved.

FBR0140 Ed
Passed on 13April2018

Last Friday we had to say goodbye to ED (FBR0140) after only 4 months in our Forever Foster Home Program and just 2 weeks shy of his 13th birthday. Ed and his son Domino came into our rescue a few days before Christmas last year, and we nursed them both back to good health. Domino was able to find a forever home, but Ed had some health concerns that made him unadoptable. With the help of our great Brittany network, we were able to find Ed a nice, quiet home to spend what remaining time he had left. Ed's original owner bought him as a puppy, and Ed was a working dog in his youth. His nose was just amazing; we can only imagine what it was like in his prime! His nick name was “Special Ed”, and he certainly was a special boy to all of us at Florida Brittany Rescue…he touched so many of our lives in the short time we had him, and we are thankful that, with the help of all our supporters, we were able to give him some happy months in our care. When Ed’s breathing became labored during walks and then during times of rest, he went to the vet where chest films showed that he had a tumor pushing against his trachea making it very difficult for him to breathe without oxygen. Special Ed, you were loved by many, your coat was silky smooth and your eyes were trusting and soft, I wish your retirement could have been longer in Florida. You are missed. Run Pain Free boy.