Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Happy Dog Stories: Jennie, Lex and Sassie

Jennie Maloney saw my request for happy dog stories and couldn't resist telling us about her two beautiful dogs, both of which were rehomed from Dogs Trust.

"Lex the Lurcher (below, right) was the first dog we got, back in October 2007. He had apparently arrived at Dogs Trust Salisbury with a brother and sister named Lois and Clark! Someone I knew adopted him but then had a change in circumstances. Knowing I was looking for a dog she brought him round to meet me and it was love at first sight. Instead of going back to Dogs Trust, Lex came to me.

Six months later, we wanted to expand our little family and get Lex a friend to play with. We felt that he needed some extra doggy company for those - luckily very few and far between - times when no-one was home. So, one day, we jumped in the car and headed back to Salisbury. The staff there were amazing, really friendly and knowledgeable, and they recommended Sassie (left) to us. She wasn't on show when we visited so we didn't really know what to expect. The minute she walked around the corner, though, we knew that she was the one for us.

Sassie is a Mastiff x Great Dane, and she had been given to Dogs Trust as her owners couldn't cope. Apparently she was copying a naughty, smaller dog in the household. Her size didn't put us off at all - the bigger the dog the better! Although she pulled a lot when we took her out for that first walk, we could tell that she was very responsive and good-natured: the perfect addition to our household. I found it hard leaving her behind to go and wait for the home check, which we passed with flying colours. The lady that visited instantly recognised Lex and was really pleased he had come to live with us.

The next day Lex met Sassie and they got on like a house on fire! Eventually, six days later, I was able to go and collect Sassie and bring her home. She had a good sniff around the house and garden, then curled up with Lex on his bed. Since then, they have been firm friends; there has been the odd scrap but they seem to love each other's company and it is wonderful coming home every evening to their 'smiling' faces."
If you have a happy story about your rescue dogs (whether they came from Dogs Trust or not), please email me with a photo and your tale and it could appear here soon! If you're interested in adopting a dog, please visit our website for more information.

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