Earlier this month the ScPA (via DRC) played host to a youg woman called Ellie who wished to add to her not inconsiderable knowledge of dog behaviour. She spent the week learning about refuge life, walking dogs and talking about all things dog with just about everyone she met. While she was with us, a dog arrived, and Ellie seemed to bond with him immediately. And so today’s story begins.
It must be said that Dexter (the name Ellie gave him) is quite special. He appears to be almost pure labrador, and is young and handsome. Ellie’s mum was also in town, and she too fell under Dexter’s charms. And when it became obvious that no one was coming to collect Dexter (who almost needless to say arrived unidentified), the family decided to offer him a new home! The only issue was that they live in the UK, although they have a home in France too and spend lots of time here. Undeterred by logistics, they set about organising to take Dexter home to join them and their other labrador, Fizzy in the UK.
Today as the ScPA opened, Ellie’s mum, Nicky,was at the gates. She had flown in yesterday and her husband was not too far away, driving down to arrive at the refuge at roughly the same time. The meeting was successful, adoption papers were signed, and now they have swapped over, with Nicky driving home with Dexter, and James flying back. So a bit of a whirlwind trip, but this way Dexter has left for his new home just three weeks after arriving. And Ellie is waiting for him at home with open arms, needless to say!
It will not have escaped your notice that Dexter is black. Okay, he is beautiful, but for some reason it takes black dogs longer to find homes. How appropriate then, that Dexter is adopted during the ScPA’s Black Friday weekend.
You can see the lovely black dogs in this album.
Another dog was adopted today too. Feargal arrived (unidentified) two weeks ago. His owner phoned and promised to come and collect him. However we had numerous people informing us that this young dog is left to roam pretty much all the time. So to be honest when his owner failed to show up, we were not exactly unhappy.
And neither will Feargal be now that he has found a wonderful new home.
Tomorrow the refuge is open, of course, and it would be great to have as many volunteer walkers then as there were today. Why not come along and join the team?