Today, amidst the wind and rain and brief sunny spells, we had two adoptions.
First to leave was American Staffordshire terrier Onyx. She arrived in mid-December, but this was not her first time at the SPA. She had spent some time with us last summer, but just as she was about to leave with a wonderful new family, her owner showed up to reclaim her. This time there was little chance of that happening, as inbetween times, Onyx had been given away to someone else. This new home clearly didn’t want to keep her, so although it has taken another relatively brief spell at the SPA, what was needed from the outset, ie a new home for Onyx, is finally here.
Onyx is a fabulous dog but as she is falls into the category of “dangerous dogs” (haha), some paperwork is needed. However her new family got all this sorted out in double quick time, and today they came along to take Onyx to her new life. We wish loads of love and happiness to Onyx and her family, who have promised us news and photos.
Today’s second leaver is Bowling. This terrier cross arrived some two weeks ago in a very sorry state. Not only did he have piraplosmosis, but he had been hit by a car. Unsurprisingly he was more than a bit nervous of people. However as we well know, the SPA is excellent with timid dogs. Treating them with love, kindness and respect, even very shy animals gradually realise that the bad times are over, and that they can trust us humans. Work with Bowling had hardly begun, however, when he caught the eye of a couple who had recently lost a beloved dog.
They came to the SPA on Thursday with a short list of dogs whom they wanted to say hello to. Although they did go to meet the dog who was second on the list, once they had met Bowling their minds were pretty much made up. Although this little boy is very scared and shy, he is clearly adorable, showing no aggression at all to people or to the new “house cat”, Abricot.
Yes, Bowling has a long way to go. He will need lots of love and patience, but in a new home he will be far more relaxed than he would be at the SPA, and progress should be quick. He is a very lucky boy indeed.
The SPA will be open tomorrow, as as well as being Easter Sunday, it is also the first Sunday of the month. And so far the weather looks like it will be a bit kinder than it was today. Having said that our wonderful (and ever-growing) team of volunteers was out in force today, so a bit of rain will not change our plans.
Happy Easter everyone.