Nestle is adopted!
Poor Nestle who spent 4 years in the shelter with his brutally cropped ears and tail and nobody wanting him (except the shelter volunteers of course who loved him!) has been adopted after less than 4 weeks in the UK! Be happy Nestle, you have a bright future ahead of you according to your new dad!
We decided one day that even if a dog has spent his whole life (in the case of Golfo and his brothers Toby and Bingo it has been for 9 long years) in a shelter there has to be a chance that one day “luck will knock on his door” too – we did not want to let them die in the shelter without having known how wonderful life can be and how it is felt to be loved. So we pushed a bit the fate.....
Toby and Bingo found a wonderful forever home in the UK and we decided that I should foster Golfo as he could travel alone being not as shy as his brothers.
And than one day thru the organisation “animal-happyend” a woman with a heart out of gold told us that she would adopt Golfo without even has seen him as she was and still is convinced that the outlook of a dog is not important at all (even Golfo of course is a very handsome, lovely dog) and she would love him anyway.
Soon Golfo could fly to Switzerland – Golfo which was so shy that nearly everyone thought he could not bare to be outside of the shelter. Oh yes, he could and he is now since several weeks in his forever home – still a bit shy – still he cannot believe so much his luck and happyness ..... but his new Mummy shows him all the nice things on this earth and every day he shows her how happy he is now.
By the way: he was housebroken from the first moment!!!!
His new Mummy loves him to bits and would never ever give him away – she is convinced to have the nicest, most lovely, most wonderful dog in the world!
Can you imagine what it means to this completely forgotten dog to be able to discover the world and feel the love of his new owner after having been 9 years in a shelter?
PLEASE SHARE GOLFO'S STORY AND HELP US TO HELP MORE LIKE HIM
A shelter dog becomes a helper dog - Moy finds a wonderful home! by Sibylle von Burg
Happy Ending or rather a Happy New Beginning - Moy has found a fantastic home!
It was so wonderful to be Moy’s foster mummy, to learn how he discovers the world after being 6 years in the shelter. Do dogs realize that nobody wants them??? I do not know but I know how depressed and desperate Moy was when I visited him at the shelter. When I put my hand through the fence and he nestled his head in my hands to get closer to me and to get some affection. It was heart breaking. I saw him licking the fence and turning circles – I knew he must get out of the shelter and my vet agreed.
So Moy flew with us to Switzerland in the middle of March 2013. I was aware that Moy had been 6 years in the shelter and did not know anything. How surprised I was when he was from the first moment house broken, how touched I was when Moy realized that he had a soft bed for his own and how much he loved the walks in the forest and the fields.
I noticed how happy he is and how much he appreciates every little thing which perhaps for a “normal” dog in Switzerland is nothing special. He showed us every minute his happiness and often brought tears in my eyes. There was not one little moment that I regretted my decision to foster Moy. However, I also knew that one day I would have to say goodbye to him when we found him his forever home. I was really frightened of this moment.
To cope with this I always told myself that fostering is the only way of finding homes for these dogs. To say goodbye to Moy would mean say I could say hello to another forgotten dog and make this dog happy.
The day came where a lovely woman was interested in Moy and after having visited this new home I knew in my heart that for Moy the moment of farewell was here. YES, definitely it broke my heart and definitely I shed many tears. AND SO WHAT???? What is more important, my feelings and emotions or transforming the life of a dog? No answer needed!
Moy has found the most wonderful forever home, in the most beautiful area in the middle of beautiful meadows together with his lovely new Mummy and his most friendly Daddy and their wonderful daughter.
They realized immediatey that Moy is a very, very special dog with lots of talents.
And his biggest talent is his heart out of gold. If you hug him you will feel tenderness, love, silence and you get a lot of energy.
MOY WILL NOW BECOME A THERAPY DOG FOR MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS!
Thank you Moy, I will always love you!
Moy, everything you could wish for in a dog - well worth a read! by Sibylle von Burg
MOY USED TO BE A FORGOTTEN DOG - and I will never ever understand why! He is wonderful, beautiful, was housebroken from the first day, obeys nearly perfectly, loves to play and run outside and is very calm in the house. He is most affectionate, loves people, other dogs and also cats. IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE YOU EXPECT FROM A DOG? SO PLEASE ADOPT A FORGOTTEN DOG - THEY ARE THE BEST!
I have two wonderful older dogs whom I adopted in November 2012. I didn't intend to have older dogs, but had originally wanted to rehome a puppy. However I had a new and fulltime job and it would not have been fair to have a puppy. I kept looking at the Animal Angels Global rehoming page and kept being drawn to a sweet-faced elderly Podenco Gentleman. I knew he had some health problems, but i researched them carefully and had some long chats with Elianne Reed. I already knew what a rough time dogs had in Spain, and the older and less healthy dogs had a reduced chance of a home of their own. I said I would take on the Podenco Gentleman - Harry. I also decided to take on another elderly dog from the same shelter as Harry, a frail old boy with the most unassuming and gentle expression. After a long journey from Spain to the UK I picked up my boys. Since then they have settled into their home and bonded with my whippets. They have accepted their changed life with calmness, they have blossomed and bloomed and asked for so little. They are grateful for every little kindness shown, Colin the other elderly boy has changed beyond recognition and humbles me every day. Elderly dogs are so much more accepting of new situations, so much more tolerant of change. They especially need a home until their end of days, , they repay your kindness with steadfast and unwavering quiet devotion. I would not hesitate to take on another elderly dog - adopting Harry and Colin has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
Have you ever fostered a dog?
We would love to hear from you if you have fostered a dog. Why not send us a picture and tell us your experiences of fostering?
Jennifer Willis, Belfast, photographer, frequent volunteer in Spanish shelter
Elianne Reed, East Sussex,