Shirrmontana Cocker Spaniels

Bred for health & temperament




This page is dedicated to our 4 legged family that have left us and gone to the bridge, sleep tight my precious babies!



 You Did Me a Kindness

When my legs grew too weak to carry me,
And my tired eyes could no longer see, 
When it pained me to struggle for each new breath, 
When my heart beat weaker, and I drew closer to death, 
You did me the kindness of letting me go. 
You didn't make me hang on when I was suffering so. 
I promise I don't think that you loved me any less, 
And I love you all the more for your selflessness. 
You freed my spirit from its body so wracked with pain, 
And let me run the fields of Heaven, where I'm sure we'll meet again.




 18/5/1999 - 2/5/2010  RIP Rosie

My darling Rosie, we could not watch you suffer any longer so today we gave you peace, we will never forget you my darling sweet girl, now free from suffering, I cuddled you and kissed you goodbye, my heart is torn in two, sleep tight my darling girl, nite nite xxx
31/5/2001 - 3/11/2012   RIP Daisy
It is with great sadness that today we had to say goodbye to our darling Daisy Doo, Rosie's first born pup.  Sadly Daisy collapsed yesterday lunchtime and there was nothing that could be done to help her, so we gave her rest.
Sleep tight darling girl, reunited with your mummy Rosie at the bridge
Over the the rainbow
Out of the rain
Into the sunshine
A puppy again

“So this is where we part my friend, and you will run on around the bend.Gone from sight but not from mind, new pleasures there you’ll surely find.I will go on, I’ll find the strength, life measures quality, not length.One long embrace before you leave, share one last look before I grieve.There are others, that much is true, but they be they and they aren’t you.And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought, will remember well all you’ve taught.Your place I’ll hold, you will be missed, the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.And as you journey to your final rest, take this with youI loved you best”

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played, I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade. 


I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity. 

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide! 

And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be! 

My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do. 

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.

 'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold. 

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be, We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.


So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart







Rosie at 8 weeks old when we first brought her home!


Well where do I start....Rosie, she was my very first cocker spaniel, we starting looking for an orange roan pup at the start of 1999, without much luck I hasten to add.  Then in May, we contacted the Kennel Club who sent us a listing of breeders in the UK, it's there we came across a breeder - Mrs Chrystine Rose, in Yeovil, Somerset.  Unfortunately all the pups from the litter had been reserved, but we left our name and number just in case some body should back out at the last minute.  It must have been our lucky day, because 2 weeks later we had a call to say the lady that was having one of the orange roan girls no longer wanted her, as her circumstances had changed.  Like a shot, we drove to Yeovil, where we were introduced to Poppy a beautiful very laid back black & white girl, the mum of the litter, then onto 2 orange roan pups, both little girls.  The breeder was keeping one and hadn't decided which, but we were happy with either, they were both beautiful!!!

As the weeks went by, we visited a few more times, then we were told which one was our little girl......Rosie!  The weeks seemed to drag by, then at the end of July we brought our lovely little girl home with us.

As she grew we knew we had a very special little girl, and thought about 'maybe' one day having a litter from her.  We knew she had to pass all relevant health tests of the breed, so did this before she reached 2 years of age.

Rosie went to stud with a very handsome blue roan boy called Bertie, owned by Mrs Wendy Cullen in Taunton.  In May 2007 Rosie gave birth to a beautiful litter of 7 very healthy, very chunky pups, from this litter we kept our Daisy.

Rosie's second litter was born March 2003, again a very devoted mummy, she produced 7 even chunkier orange roan pups....again all fit and very healthy!

Rosie at 8 years old Summer 2007


Rosie's third and final litter was born December 2004, this time she delivered 6 healthy pups, blue roan and black & white, from this litter we kept our very special black & white girl Lily.  Sadly Rosie tired during labour she retained a pup, sadly born dead, we always said that 3 litters were the limit for any of our girls and this had proved our point.

March 29th 2005, our Rosie was spayed due to a few health problems, thankfuly it turned out to be a benign tumour.  So now my darling Rosie has become a lady of leisure, she's now sitting back watching her children grow up and her grandchildren and even great grandchildren being born!

I know I shouldn't have a favourite, but I must confess Rosie is and always will be my Number 1 girl, temperament: FANTASTIC, we really couldn't of asked for a better, more placid, loving laid back girl, just perfect in every way!


Rosie with her baby Lily, crashed out after a very busy 1/2 hour playing!


 Rosie will be 10 years old in May 2009 but still acts and thinks she's a puppy!  She was spayed in 2005 and her coat now grows back very thick and wooly so we choose to keep her shorter, which prevents knots and tangles which keeps her happy.....she's way too busy playing and chasing around to spend hours on the grooming table!



December 2004:  This was Rosie's 3rd and final litter, she had 6 very beautiful babies, 3 black & white, 3 blue roan.




Pedigree for Vilros Princess Daisy
English Cocker Spaniel

Name: Rosie
DOB : 18.5.1999

Sex : Bitch
Colour: Orange roan


Emsdale Royal Image at Danett (orange roan)
Emsdale Royal Jester at Danett (blue roan)
Emsdale Royal Consort (orange roan)
Emsdale Imadyna (blue roan)
Emsdale Orange Delight (orange roan)
Danett go for gold at Emsdale (orange roan)
Emsdale Royal Delight at Consima (blue ron)
Popular Lady at Vilros (black & white)
Vanitonia Blue Monday (blue roan)
Cintillia Midnight Gambler at Pentavy (blue roan)
Vanitonia No Scruples (black & white)
Opal Special (tri-colour)
Sunshine Country Boy (orange roan)
Rainbow Solo Special (blue roan)



Rosie has now been spayed and is retired from our breeding plans, she is a lady of leisure watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up and have babies of their own!



Rosie's babies over the years!


May 2001:  Today Rosie gave birth to her very first litter, she had 7 beautiful babies, 5 blue roan and 2 orange roan! The orange roan in the centre of the above picture is our Daisy.

Dad to the litter is Bertie, aka Emsdale Royal Jester at Danett.

A HUGE thank you to Wendy Cullen for all her help and support during this time.


May 2003:  Rosie presented us with a lovely litter of 7 orange roan babies, dad to the litter was Barley, Barley Twist at Vilros.

Well done to Rosie and Barley on a wonderful litter!


Rosie and Barley's 2003 litter, 7 beautiful chunky orange roan pups!


In December 2004 Rosie gave birth to her 3rd and final litter, a wonderful litter of 6 pups, 3 blue roan, 3 black & white.....thank you my darling you certainly saved your best till last.



Rosie has now been spayed and is living her life as a pampered pooch, she is sitting back watching her children - Daisy and Lily grow up - and her grandchildren Poppy ......and her great grandchild Inca.....who  became a mummy herself in 2008 to 9 wonderful babies.!

Thank you my darling you did us proud



2nd May 2010

It is with a broken heart that I have to announce that today 2/5/2010 Rosie was given peace.  Rosie had been suffering from Canine Dementia and although medication had kept it at bay, the past couple of weeks she seemed to be getting a lot worse.   I feel like my heart has been ripped out but could not see my darling girl suffer any longer, please forgive me Rosie, I will always love you and miss you forever, sleep tight now my darling you take care of the babies then have gone on before you, you were such a good mummy I know you'll take good care of them all.

Thank you all for your lovely messages, here are just a few of them.............


Hi Sharon
I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear about Rosie.  I know she was your first dog and very special to you.  We had our first cocker in 1988 just after we got married, and had to have her put asleep in 1997.  We were absolutely devastated so I do know how you feel.
Lots of kind thoughts to you all.
Dear Sharon and family,
I have just been on your web site and seen your very sad news about your beautiful Rosie ,i no i dont know you (and have only been in contact through e-mail) but i can see how you adore every one of you babies that i felt so moved about Rosies page and what you wrote i just wanted to say how very sorry we are for your terrible pain and loss,she looked such a lovely girl and wounderful mum,the rainbow bridge poem is so luvly it started me off, i just had to let you know you are all in thoughts at this very sad time,take care,
                                          Fay and Family x.
It was with great sadness that I read your website today, and saw your terribly sad news about your gorgeous Rosie, who quite frankly was to blame for all your wonderful, wonderful puppies that you have brought into this world, and thankfully in to our lives.
There are no words that can be of comfort in your desperate sorrow, but hopefully as each day goes by, the heartache gets less, and the love and fondness remains
Thinking of you all
Harvey, Max and their family of Cross'
Sharon, I'm so sorry to read that you have had to say goodbye to your wonderful Rosie. It's a terrible time when you realise that they can't cope any more.
She was a wonderful girl and a super matriarch of the Shirrmontana family. You must be absolutely inconsolable and our hearts go out to you at this awful time.
Elaine, Terry and Morgan xxx
I've just checked your website and have read the news about Rosie. I am so sorry and hope you and the family are coping OK. Please take care and know our thoughts are with you - rest in peace beautiful, gentle Rosie.
Rebecca, Greg, Blodwen and Llewelyn 
I m very sorry to hear that Sharon. My thoughts are with you and all the family. You know I understand what it s like. If you need a listening ear you know where I am
Mel x
I am so sorry to hear about Rosie. I sat reading your tribute to her with tears streaming down my face. I can only begin to imagine how much you must miss her her.

When I came to choose Molly all those years ago, you said you thought 'this one' when we looked in the whelping tray. And you had suggested Molly as she was very much like her mom. Probably you meant in look, but I am sure her personality is like her mom too. Like her mom, she is an adorable girl. Very giving and very affectionate.

Rosie was a beautiful girl and gave beautiful should be very proud of her..

take care I hope you feel better soon

Lynn and Molly

Dear Sharon and family

Our hearts go out to you all during your sadness.  Rosie will continue to hold a special place in your hearts, come what may.  She was a lucky girl to have had such a wonderful life with you.

With much love

Sue and family




Oh Sharon, have just seen your post, I am so very sorry :'( :'(. Thinking of you :bigarmhug:  Jennybee




I visit Sharon's webiste quite a lot as i love all of her dogs, Rosie was absoloutely beautiful. Run free girl Love Love xxx Emma



 I was so sad to read this. I know that Rosie had been struggling for a while, but it's so awful when you have to make that decision. Rosie was Morgan's granny, without her we would not have our lovely boy, so I would like to say "Thank you Rosie, you were a very special girl"  angel  angel  angel 

and  bigarmhug to Sharon and family xxx  Elaine

Oh Sharon, sending all our love and support at this very sad time. You must all feel distraught and very numb. 
Much love and (((((hugs)))))) 
Jess and Co x x x x x x x
 Rosie was Ted's great, great, granny.  Love  When Ted was a little pupster still living with Sharon, he used to love to sleep snuggled up with her.  Love

Sharon, you must be completely heartbroken.  Cry Cry Cry  But you should be so proud of Rosie and the immense happiness she has brought to so many people through all her wonderful descendants.  Love

Big  bigarmhug to you Sharon, and make sure you look after yourself.

Sleep tight, gorgeous girl.  Cry Love
I am so sorry to hear about Rosie.  I know she was your extra special girl.  Remember all the happy times you had with her and know that she lives on in your other girls. 
Victoria xx
 Dear Sharon
Just to say how sorry I am to hear of your great loss of your beautiful Rosie.  I know she was very special to you but you did the best for her not to let her suffer anymore.
Run free Rosie
Love from
 Rosie was Bella and Zorro's grandma and such a lovely girl. I have a really clear memory of the handful of times I met her. Going to pick out Bella I was ambushed by Rosie for cuddles, she was very insistent, kind of "oh don't look at the boring puppies, look at me, I'm GORGEOUS!". And she truly was.

Sharon, Rosie will always be in your heart and she definitely passed some of her regal ways onto Bella. I know the last few months with her were difficult and it will take you a long time to come to terms with her passing, but you did all you could for her and she knew how loved she was.

Run free lovely Rosie xxxxx



24th September 2010

Today I had a call from Rosie's breeder Chrystine, to say Poppy (Rosie's mum) had gone to the bridge, Poppy lived to the grand old age of 15!  Sleep tight Poppy, look after Rosie for me!  20th May 1995 - 24th September 2010 



Run Free Daisy!

27th July 2014

Today we had to say goodbye to our darling dinky Inky, Inca had a nasal tumour which was too advanced to be operated on, so our vet said to let her continue until the time to give her peace.  Sadly two days after our daughters wedding that dreadful day came and we had to say goodbye, sleep tight darling Inca, reunited with your gran Daisy and great gran Rosie, I hope you are all running pain free at the bridge, sleep tight baby girl, thank you for giving us two of your lovely babies, our Dylan and Bramble.



9th March 2015

Another sad day here at Shirrmontana, today we had to help our darling Jasmine to the bridge, sadly she had cancer which had spread quickly, so the last thing we could do for her was give her peace, going to miss my Jazzy Wazzy Woo's so much, 4 orange babies gone hope they are all playing pain free at rainbow bridge.  Nite nite, sleep tight baby girl.  xx



3rd January 2016

Another of our little girls today left us to play at the bridge, sleep tight my darling Poppy, go found your daughter Inca, mummy Daisy and Gran Rosie at Rainbow Bridge, not a days illness in your nearly 14 years with us, sleep tight sweet angel.



3rd October 2016

Not really sure where to start to be honest, life has been very cruel these past few days, on Friday 30th September we sadly lost Blue our little boy that I had struggled so hard to pull through, sadly his organs were failing and struggling to keep up with is growing body, so we had to make the sad decision to say goodbye and give him peace.


Then just to really kick me when I'm down, this morning we lost our beautiful girl Callie, Callie had been suffering with cancer, but it wasn't an aggressive type and she had been going along nicely until about a month ago, when she started to have a fit, one a week, but this morning she had 5 in 5 hours, she looked at me and I knew she was tired and ready for sleep, so I gave her a cuddle, told her I loved her and she went to join Blue at the bridge, take care of each other my darlings, will miss you both so much    Go find your mum Lily, and gran Rosie Callie xx



17th September 2018

It is with heavy heart that I have to annouce that my darling little Mae left us for Rainbow Bridge early ours of this morning,   sadly Mae had an aggressive form of cancer which took over her body in just a couple of weeks.  We couldn't watch her suffer any longer so we gave her peace, run free my little Mae Bug, go find your mummy Callie, gran Lily and your great gran Rosie.

Sleep tight my little one no more pain or suffering, my heart is broken but memories of you will live on forever and in your daughter Ava.

19th December 2018

My darling Esme, please forgive me, today you and your unborn babies left us for Rainbow Bridge, my heart is broken, run free my darling girl with your babies, all too perfect for this world.  

Nite nite, sleep tight my angels.
28th May 2020

My darling boy, I'm so lost without you, you left us so unexpectedly and my heart is torn into a million pieces.  Sleep tight, go find your friend Callie and your mum Inca at Rainbow Bridge.  Loved and missed always my lovable rogue.

I stayed with you till the end, hugging you telling you I loved you and to sleep peacefully now.

27th September 2020

What can I say, what a crap year this has been all round, 

1.55am my darling little Bea crossed over to Rainbow Bridge – my Callie  daughter, black & white, we noticed yesterday her tummy looked swollen, and as she was due a season was worried about a pyometra, sadly when the vet scanned and x-rayed her she was found to have a tumour on her left ventricle of her heart and had gone into heart failure, her heart couldn’t pump fast enough to get the blood around her body and so she was filling up with fluid,  so the only option we had was to give her peace as she was starting to struggle to breathe. I just can't believe it, so quick, too soon, just 6 years and 9 months of age, never a day’s illness, bloody cancer has a lot to answer for, our third loss since February 😭   Sleep tight baby girl, too perfect for this world, love from your heart broken mum xxx

27th November 2020

My beautiful, gentle girl Bramble,  my 4th loss this year, sadly Bramble had a very aggressive liver cancer, we couldn't see you suffer any longer,, go find Dylan at rainbow bridge, my heart is broken my special girl.  Sleep tight baby girl.

24th April 2021

Another very sad day here today at Shirrmontana, our darling Bella (Bell Bells) crossed over the Rainbow Bridge at the grand old age of 15 years and 1 week.

Her body had become tired, she had stopped eating and was losing weight drastically, so we knew the time had come.

Sleep tight Bell Bells, go find mummy Jasmine over the bridge and all your siblings.

Your heart broken mum Sharon & Paul xx