Dearly Departed

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together… – Author Unknown

Jade (left) and Bridget (right)….many years have now passed since they were with us but we still remember them with heartfelt fondness.

18/10/99 – 5/11/2007

Badger sadly passed away, leaving a massive hole in our hearts. The first Irish Champion Hamiltonstövare Dog in the World. Badger goes down in canine history, but will always be with us in spirit.
No more to walk together on the beach…you have left me like driftwood on the shore.

Irish & Dutch Champion
Lady Madonna At Flixtonia

26/05/97 – 13/07/09

All our Hounds are of course special to us, each in their own unique way. MOLLY, however, was something just that little bit extra special to us. She was indeed a ‘character’, so loving & loyal, naughty & mischievous but such a kind and gentle lady and we miss her so very, very much. We are extremely fortunate that her image has been used on many items (plates, mugs etc) and we have some lovely photos of her, and of course, we have so many good memories that she will NEVER, EVER be forgotten.

Rest in peace our wonderful girl


Passed Away 13/08/2010

Heartbroken beyond belief, is an understatement, when it comes to describing how upset we all were at losing Magic in such a way, but she crossed over Rainbow Bridge peacefully and without pain.

Holding a very special place in our hearts, Magic was, without doubt, unique and was so, so loving, not only to us but also to all of the other hounds.

We will miss those special moments when she would sit in front of us and put a paw on our knee to let us know she was there, looking out for us.

I know that she has a spacial place in heaven and she took with her all of our love, and our hearts were left broken.

The story of Magic’s tragic ordeal is on her webpage.

18/10/1999 – 10/08/2013

Rita, daughter of ‘Molly’, was a sweet natured and wonderful Hamilton who, because of her mischievous behaviour, gave us endless pleasure. Sadly, at 13 years of age, she passed away during the night and once again our lives were turned upside down by this sad loss. Rest in peace our ‘lovely Rita’.

18/10/1999 – 25/07/2016

Martha, Sister to Rita, sadly passed away on 25th July 2016. She aged gracefully and had been a big part of our life for almost 17 years. We have been left with some wonderful memories of her and our home will not seem the same without her.

In her younger days

Rita and Martha ( 2 sisters) together

Dutch / Polish / Irish / French and World Champion ‘Flixtonia Lady Jane’.


19/12/2003 – 24/11/2017

Minstrel was the top winning show Hamiltonstὄvare bitch in Europe of all time, winning 3 groups at International Championship Shows, including the WINNERS SHOW in Holland 2007, where she was the first Hamilton to win a group, plus she received numerous Group placings at other International Championship Shows.
She passed away at home, just 25 days short of her 14th Birthday and will be greatly missed.


22/05/2015 – 09/05/2019

Mavis was the youngest bitch we ever lost. Just short of her 4th Birthday she became ill and a tumor on her kidney took her away from us. She was a sweet loving young girl and to lose her in such a tragic way was heartbreaking.
16/02/2011 – 29/10/2020

Scarlett was the daughter of Top Winning Hamilton, Multi Champion FLIXTONIA LADY JANE, and Sister to Dutch Champion ‘FLIXTONIA ROSE OF ENGLAND’but hated travelling with a passion. Due to this we did not put her through the trauma of travelling to shows and so she became a ‘couch surfer’, enjoying all the comforts of home.

Scarlett (FLIXTONIA LADY IN RED) was a most remarkable dog, instinctively retrieving balls, tuggies etc, from a very young age. She was never taught to do this but would retrieve objects to your feet and so was great fun to play with.

She was the mother to two litters of puppies and was an incredible loving, gentle and caring Mother.

She was the most gentle & loving Hamilton and all our other hounds loved her, as she did them. I don’t think I ever heard her bark once, not even if someone came to the door. If Covid had not reached our shores Scarlett was destined to become a PAT (PETS AS THERAPY) dog but alas that never came about.

After she passed away one of our young dogs, GRETA, who spent much time in the house with her, was so, so sad that she would not eat and just kept staring at the empty basket Scarlett loved so much.

R.I.P our wonderful, kind girl