As many of you know, today was International Day of the Dog. And three families decided to start their new lives with a canine companion from the SPA.
First to leave was Kelly, a beautiful brittany spaniel who is now on at least her fourth home, to the best of our knowledge. And as she is only two years old, you can see that her life up to now has been far from stable. As is usually the case, the fault did not lie with the dog, but was due to external circumstances such as the ill health of her owners. We hope that she has finally found a home for life.
Flossie was next to leave, a super active brittany spaniel puppy. As with Ness her new owners were told what to expect, and we were relieved to hear that it was exactly this liveliness that attracted them to Flossie. So her new life begins at just five months old!
We then said goodbye to puppy Bolt. He is a delightfully calm and affectionate puppy, who will make an ideal companion for a family, provided they put some work in. The fact that Bolt is so calm at the SPA does not mean that he should be allowed to grow up without any discipline at all, and we are relying on his new family to turn him into a good canine citizen. He really is one of the most wonderful puppies we have had at the SPA, and we will look forward to news and photos of him.
Of course in addition to the adoptions, the day was marked by the innaugural dog photo contest. Many thanks to everyone who came along to walk dogs and try out their camera skills. We look forward to sharing the results with you in due course. And many thanks to the mastermind behind the operation, Florence. It was a lot of effort making sure the afternoon went well, which is certainly did.
But the day was not all good. Very sadly last night Tiger left us. Officially he has been at the SPA for over four years, except for over two and a half years he has been living in foster with volunteers Alizee and Erwan, who have been devoted to him. His life with them was one of love and happiness, and perhaps this is what we should try and console ourselves with. Naturally Alizee and Erwan are extremely upset today, as are many other members of the SPA “family”. So farewell to Tiger, a true highlander. The photo below is just one of hundreds that we could have shared with you, but perhaps best sums up the love that Tiger had during what were doubtless the happiest years of his life.