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
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.
Jennifer Willis, Belfast, photographer, frequent volunteer in Spanish shelter
Elianne Reed, East Sussex,