I first saw Ellie gazing at me from Many Tears Rescue website. She had just been listed and I was the first person to enquire. For those people who have never adopted a rescue dog, or any pet for that matter, you have to undergo a vigorous vetting procedure, which includes a lifestyle questionnaire and a home and garden inspection.
Since I work from home, have years of both work and personal experience, I certainly met their criteria and once the home inspection was completed, we arranged to collect Ellie (Glitz as she was then), the next day. Yes, it really was that quick.
Home at last
Ellie’s Fosterer had sent regular updates including pictures and video, so I felt I knew her already.
The journey from Dorset to Wales was particularly arduous given that I had undergone major abdominal surgery, four weeks before and my husband was battling shingles, but we could not risk loosing her, so we set our alarm for 7am and arrived in Llanelli at 2.30pm the same day.
The centre was buzzing and the cages were full of dogs bounding over to greet visitors, desperate for it to be their turn to go home. After what seemed a lengthy wait, we saw her being carried towards us by one of the helpers. It was unmistakably Ellie and we couldn’t wait to sign the adopted forms and set off for the long journey home.
We were informed that Ellie originated from Ireland and that she was missing half an an ear right side. It is not immediately distinguishable, but look hard enough and you can see, but this only serves to add to her character. The vet’s theory and we agree, is that she probably started her life in a puppy farm, sharing her pen with different size dogs and puppies, fighting for food, which would explain why her right ear had been bitten in half. It is such a sad and heartbreaking reminder of this vile and cruel trade, where dogs are treated as breeding machines and their offspring just a means to make money!
She is naughty, loving and clever, but most of all she is the most amazing little dog, whom I love dearly. She courts attention wherever she goes, is welcome in places I had never imagined and I am so very proud that from her dreadful beginning, she has now found her loving and forever home with us.