Today was a great day for a special girl and for a lovely family who is awaiting her arrival in the UK. This summer a family came to the SPA to visit with perhaps a view to adopting a dog. Dad and the three daughters had been working on mum for ages, and she finally relented, providing the dog was small enough.
They immediately fell in love with Fifi, and then went through several agonising days worrying if Fifi’s owners would come to find her. The ten days passed, during which the family visited almost every day, sometimes stopping just briefly on their way back from the beach, sometimes grandma was with them too. This is very much a family affair! Their holiday ended, but a week later mum and dad were back for a further week with friends and again, high on their agenda was to visit Fifi.
Today was the glorious day! Thanks to an appeal for help with transportation, a friend of volunteer Julie’s offered to take Fifi back to the UK, where her new family is waiting excitedly. The Scott family have been in regular contact and by all accounts the three daughters are practically holding a street party to welcome her! No doubt news and photo will follow. Yes, this tiny girl risks being spoilt, but Dad assures us that she will be going to dog training and that Fifi will be no lap dog! Hmmm.
Nice to have some good news for a change, isn’t it?
And that is not all, not by any means.
I could be wrong, but I think this is the only time that the SPA Facebook “Dog of the Week” has been adopted during the week when he was featured. Yes, beautiful Iron left today, to live on a huge estate. This boy had a terrible start in life. He was one of only two puppies who survived being thrown into the rubbish dump at Trebes. He was subsequently adopted when he was tiny but then brought back to the SPA having been given away to someone who did not want him either. It was all the harder to see him at the refuge, knowing that his brother, Kobi, is living a life of luxury with volunteer Rosa.
But now that is all over, and Iron has finally found love.
But there is more! On August 11th a very poorly little dog arrived at the refuge. Reggie was in a terrible state, with what was clearly a serious neurological problem. Our main priority was to find out if he was suffering and if anything could be done to help him. The answer to both questions was no. Happy though he is, Reggie is wobbly when he walks and his condition is irreversible. But that does not mean he is not worthy of being rehomed and loved.
Enter SPA supporter Marieange, who spends her time caring for animals in distress or who are deemed unadoptable. She wrote to us some time ago to say that she had room for a small dog, regardless of age or handicap. After Reggie’s magnificent “makeover” on Tuesday, this little boy was ready to leave, and off he went today. I cannot put into words how grateful we are to Marieange, nor how much contempt we feel for Reggie’s former owners, who left this tiny dog to fend for himself when what he needed was help.
Two of yesterday’s entries (the two that we did not have photos of) were reclaimed, so although the numbers are a bit up, they are not as bad as they were. And we had an excellent reservation….and it won’t be long before you know who it is!
Iron – ADOPTED
Reggie when he arrived in mid August
And leaving today after a lovely makeover (thanks to Sabrina and Stephane)