A new addition to the family (maybe)

Started by Cassandra, May 22, 2022, 12:24:08 AM

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Cassandra

I support a local Dog Trust who help homeless 'critters'. I was there this morning and was shocked at the amount of young dogs under a year or less who are turning up every day as the 'depression' bites here, with real inflation running near 20%. As a consequence some families are having to give up their dogs - terribly sad.

The young ones usually re-home quite quickly but for those who like us are 'getting on' a bit it's really tough going and the personal trauma they suffer is heartbreaking to witness. This little soul is five and she ran up to the rails of her pen as I passed by, pleading to be picked up, whereas ever since arrival 12 days ago, she'd been sad and listless hardly moving. Quite tiny, as soon as she was on my arm, perched looking over my shoulder she stopped crying. Immediately highly distressed when I put her down and the girls placed her back in a pen, nose up against the wire looking at me so deeply the sight left me haunted. Her owner has had to go in a rest-home following a serious stroke and where pets are not allowed and the parting is causing this little dog terrible stress. The home I support had delayed putting her online as they felt her demeanour wasn't helping and she took no interest when prospective owners were introduced. One of the girls felt so sorry she had her home with her for a few days and said 'She's a beautiful little girl and was wonderful with my kids'. She handed me a pic she'd taken as I left, clearly sensing I too was moved.

So after an afternoon of agonising I've offered to 'foster', and she was dropped off an hour or so ago. Just her a lead, a name tag and an old ball, not much at all. I think she's a Heinz 57/Jack Russell, but I've felt a real affinity, ever since setting eyes upon her and Albert & Holly approve too. They're all playing football just now with a giant tennis ball. Every few minutes though she seeks me out as if to check I'm still here? I have a strong feeling my little colony of creatures has just expanded by one!
My little Dog - A heartbeat at my feet ...

zoony

Well done you Sir! So pleased for you both..

Michael Rolls

Oh, bless her! What a lovely little girl - well done you!
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klondike

Lovely story Cass. We need some these days.

It's good to moan.

1955vintage

The problem with being retired is that you never get a day off

hugh

Five not that old for a small dog Cassandra. Plenty of exercise and she will live till she is 15 years or more. I got my little Roxy at the age of 4 or 5 and had her 10 years and still full of bounce. Great company.
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Scrumpy




  'A lead, name tag and an old ball' !!
What else does a gal need when moving in.. !!
Don't ask me.. I know nuffink..

Raven

Well Done you big softie you.  :upvote: That's the kind of thing I do as well.  [1070]

Dayjo

That's made me smile, and sniff...

Blummin, well done!  :upvote:
As you slide down the banister of life.
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction.

-Oy-

Very well done to you! A fine looking likkle pooch :grin:
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer."

GrannyMac

Well done Cassandra.

My daughter in law and son adopted a pooch recently.  She was used for breeding, but had some complications so was probably costing money hence being in a rescue centre.  She's about four, slowly adapting to being with them, their slightly younger dog is getting used to her, and the cats just ignore both of them!

Lots of toilet training has been needed, she's getting there.  She's become very attached to my daughter in law in a short space of time.
Its not how old you are, but how you are old. 💖

1955vintage

Our two year old spoilt brat is a very friendly, sociable dog who greets everyone , dog or human, as her new best friend. We have been told she is ideal as a role model for a dog coming out of breeding farms . She will show them how good life is and how to behave. The idea of a playmate is a good one, but I am worried she will end up with a partner in crime....


There is a basset hound rescue charity which I am watching. Read this but have a tissue ready.


Her name was Sophie - Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain (brngb.org)
The problem with being retired is that you never get a day off

Sheila

A lady who lives near us adopted a dog that had been used in a puppy farm.  The poor, sad little thing was skin and bone.  Fast forward a few months and she is a different dog, maybe a little overweight but who cares.

Alex

She's a real cutie Cass, she's found her paws with you ! Lovely story, I hope you'll all be very happy together 👍
p.s what's her name ?

GrannyMac

Quote from: Sheila on May 22, 2022, 03:03:00 PM
A lady who lives near us adopted a dog that had been used in a puppy farm.  The poor, sad little thing was skin and bone.  Fast forward a few months and she is a different dog, maybe a little overweight but who cares.

They got this one from somewhere near Liverpool, not sure exactly where.  She loves her food, perhaps as a result of her earlier experiences. 
Its not how old you are, but how you are old. 💖