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David Griffiths

A celebration of TED, a special dog and a force for good in David's life.

I am raising money for PDSA because they were there in our hour of need

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  • Event: The life of TED, my little soldier.


We offer professional veterinary services to pets and owners in need across the UK

Charity Registration No. 208217 & SC037585


This morning (9 Jan 2015), I lost my mate little soldier....., after a short battle with a brain tumour. Thank you to all of the staff at PDSA Thamesmead and Croydon, who gave their care to ensure that he didn't suffer unduly. I am at a loss without him, but hope that by telling you his short story, you will understand how he helped to change my life.

Ted was a bundle of energy when I adopted him as a puppy from 'the last chance' dog rescue charity. I was not long out of hospital with mental health issues, and his personality and presence impacted instantly on my life. He gave me purpose and affection, he bossed  me from day one, good because I needed direction!

He only reached the age of 5, but boy did he know how to live. A regular character in Crystal Palace Park,  many knew him, and, through him, I knew many. He had special friends, and through him so did I, too many to mention, but dogs and people you know who you are !!

To those who have never enjoyed the pleasure of having a dog in your life, let me tell you, a dog means you are never without friends. For those who know the joy of dogs let me share Ted's CV :

  • Liked chasing planes....
  • Great swimmer
  • Runner up in last year's Crystal Palace Park dog show biscuit catching competition
  • Best sausage beggar in the park ( Martin in the cafe will miss him, Martin's boss won't)
  • Tenacious
  • Intelligent
  • Crazy
  • Beautiful
  • Loyal

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