Let me introduce you to Wags. He was found as a stray and taken to an animal shelter in California, where my daughter lives. This shelter has a high rate of putting down unwanted dogs, so kind volunteers, like my daughter, go in regularly to check for cases just like Wags, who are older and in need of veterinary care. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue sponsored him and took him to a vet for evaluation. He was only waiting there for 2 days before my daughter decided to foster him herself.
By piecing together what was known, it seems that Wags had been living on the streets for a while, probably with a homeless person judging by his behaviour – he has a habit of climbing into cardboard boxes to hide or sleep. No-one knows for sure but he was possibly abandoned because he needed very expensive treatment for his many medical problems.
He had periodontal disease which was so severe that his teeth had to be removed along with half of his lower jaw. As well as that he has occasional epileptic fits if he gets stressed.
But, for my daughter, he is the perfect pet. He just loves to sit on her lap at the beach or in the park, ride in her bicycle basket to the woods, or snuggle into his special car seat on her way to work.
He still has medical needs and he has a special soft diet, but he could not be in better hands. I am so glad they found each other.
My own little dog Toffee just celebrated her first birthday by being spayed! She has recovered really well and is back to her usual bouncy self, haring at full speed across fields, or picking her way through the woods with her nose to the ground. She is a joy to be with and I feel very lucky to have her.
Her life could have been very different as she was born, unknown to me, in a barn on a puppy farm owned by gypsies who had been banned by the RSPCA from keeping animals. Thankfully I was able to adopt her at just 8 weeks old so I don’t think she had suffered. What it does mean is that I have no paperwork for her and no proof of what breed she is.
I was told that she was a Pembroke corgi crossed with a dachshund, but everyone who sees her says she has a lot of beagle in her! I don’t really mind what her pedigree is because I love her.
I had her spayed because there are too many unloved and abandoned dogs in the world like Wags who need a home, so I feel it is unnecessary and a bit anti-social to breed more.
Here are some more adorable photos of Wags now that he is healthy.