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Dorothy Alice Phillips

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Dorothy Alice Phillips, known to everyone as ‘Dot’ passed away peacefully on Sunday 6th June, after a five-year battle against a crippling stroke.

Dot has asked that at this time, instead of flowers, those who wish to can support her favourite charity, Valgray’s Border Collie and Animal Rescue.

Dot was the founder of the Valgray’s name, used first of all as the name for the Pet Shop in Whyteleafe, Surrey, that she kept with her husband Harry the name being derived from the names of their children Valerie and Graham.

The Valgray’s name has, in more recent years, become synonymous with Animal Rescue, and is linked, inextricably to the specialist knowledge and help needed with re-homing of Border Collies. The name is also well recognised and respected in the Agility Circuit throughout the United Kingdom and beyond.

Dot started of her "Doggy" career breeding Samoyeds – a breed that she adored and had at least one with her at all times. She was also known to everyone at the Purley and Coulsdon Agility Shows where she looked after the Judges, Stewards and Helpers, providing the much needed "Cups of Tea", biscuits and a good chat.

When Dot’s daughter Val started to become interested in Border Collies, she was there as a supporter, helping with the strays that Val brought into their homes. Dot was the one that used to take care of the older rescue dogs and gave them a loving and dignified home for the remainder of their lives, however long or short that was to be and she will have been greeted by many wagging tails of her departed canine friends.

Dot had a passion for life, she seldom sat still for a moments rest, with the exception of course of Coronation Street, and the world just has to stop for 30 minutes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We promise to keep the good name of Valgray’s alive and growing from strength to strength and to keep up the good work that you started.

Val Phillips
Valgray’s Border Collie and Animal Rescue