Spencer Kensington
9/5/2005 - 7/5/2019Spencer Kensington touched the heart and soul of every person he met. He was a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Blenheim in color. His beautiful face, large dark round eyes and long ears could express dozens of emotions. But it was Spencer’s gentle spirit and loving demeanor that instantly warmed the hearts of anyone who met him. Children from the neighborhood would visit Spencer, and he loved being the center of attention and having his ears stroked. A young seven-year-old neighborhood boy once said, “Everyone should have a Spencer!” The world would be a better place if that were possible. He was a member of the #cavpack on Twitter and had friends and followers from around the world.

Spencer showered love and affection upon whoever he was with. He had a deeply calming effect and brought smiles to faces just by strolling into a room. He loved to play fetch, do tricks, play hide-and-seek, eat carrots and rice cakes, dress-up for Halloween, take naps and watch cooking shows. He liked to dance and direct music with his paws (mostly with the help of his father). His photo was featured in a children’s’ book of beautiful puppies. He disliked horses, mules and zebras, but loved cats and rabbits. He barked whenever a horse appeared on tv. The only foods that he would not eat were lemons or limes – he found everything else to be delicious and would eat endless quantities if given the opportunity. He never bit, nipped or growled at a soul in his near 14-years of life. He only knew how to show love.

Spencer was born in Wisconsin and had two brothers. His grandparents were show-dogs from England and registered with the United Kingdom Kennel Club. His forever parents drove 300 miles through thunderstorms to adopt him on a cold night in November 2005. It was love at first sight, and Spencer and his new dads quickly developed a deeply intense bond – together they were “the three amigos” and inseparable for the next 13+ years. Given the name “Cole” at birth, his name was changed to “Spencer Kensington” upon adoption to reflect his English heritage.

Spencer’s life was not without struggles. He suffered painful hip and knee congenital conditions and long-battled pancreatitis. In the last six-years, he ate a very low-fat home-cooked diet of chicken breast, potato, pumpkin and chickpea powder. Fortunately, he adored raw vegetables. He lost his ability to hear in the last year of his life, which made conducting music difficult, but not impossible. Spencer made progress during more than two-years of physical therapy, but his physical pains finally got the better of him. In the summer of 2019, Spencer grew tired and could no longer walk without falling multiple times; he got to the point where he could no longer get back up on his feet without help. He suffered dementia and would get lost in his own home. His once ever-present joyful expression disappeared, and his eyes indicated that he did not have much more life to give. Surrounded by his parents and a compassionate veterinarian from Lap of Love, Spencer peacefully left us in the comfort of his home on July 5, 2019. He was 13-years and 10-months old.

On the day before he left this world, a celebration of Spencer’s life was had in the park. Ribbons adorned trees and Spencer was given steak to eat. He smelled the flowers in the garden at home, which he loved to do, was awarded a “medal of honor,” which was affixed to his collar, sat on his front porch to people watch, visited neighbors, danced cheek-to-cheek with his dad and he watched his favorite movie, “The Sound of Music,” one last time. For the first time in his life, he did not bark at the horse-drawn carriage in the movie, but only smiled. Spencer’s physical departure from this earthly world was very painful for those who loved him. He is deeply missed, and the world seems less joyful without him. In time, joy will return, and tears will be replaced by smiles. His dads will one day be reunited with Spencer; but until then, they are blessed with many fond memories … and thousands of photographs and videos of the world’s most photographed dog. One photograph of Spencer dressed as the Pope for Halloween was featured on the evening news. Loving Spencer for nearly 14-years was the honor of a lifetime for his dads. Spencer brought joy, comfort and companionship to everyone, and life was made brighter because of his existence. He left his mark on the hearts of many; he will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. A stone fountain was made by Spencer’s father and placed in the home flower garden in Spencer’s honor and a candle is lit nightly at dinner time in his memory. Donations in honor of Spencer can be made to the Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue.
Dan and Jim IngramChicago, IllinoisJuly 9, 2019
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Your Spencer was such a loved boy, and it sounds like he had an amazing life. I love his name, and it really does perfectly reflect his English heritage, and fits him so well too. It was such an honor for us to be able to help your family, and please know we are here for you if you ever need us.Dr. Juliana Lyles - July 9, 2019

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