Around two weeks ago I visited the Border Collie Trust to give out some Wagg Treats which had been kindly supplied as a free gift from our friend Dalton who lives in the Wagg office during the week – mainly sleeping under desks and eating treats from what I can gather. Dalton had sent a couple of bags of nice bone shaped biscuits for the dogs at the trust to try, and I shared them out between three of the dogs who needed some extra love. (you can read about this taste testing and see the other dogs involved here – http://tinaholmes.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/wagg-treats-taste-testing/
During the biscuit tasting session I met one dog for the first time, as she had only just been brought in. This was Lizzie. She was under weight and her fur was all matted. She was an unwanted stray and looked very much the worse for wear. She was however one of the gentlest dogs I had ever met and after she had taken the treat all she wanted was to be loved and fussed.
While I was giving Lizzie goodies, and then some love, there was a family in the trust office who were talking with the staff and arranging to adopt a dog. They had not yet chosen their new dog and were being introduced to some. When Lizzie was brought out to see me and have some biscuits they saw her and, despite the messy state she was in, they fell in love with her, just as I had.
Lizzie is now renamed Lily and lives with Judith, Val and Ralph in her new home where it appears she is very much-loved and even a little spoilt. (Just like my boys!)
Judith says, “We adopted her and brought her home last Saturday. She has been renamed as Lily and is such a lovely little girl. Despite being with us for less than a week, she has settled in really quickly. She is such a loving and friendly little girl, loves to play and have lots of cuddles. The BCT kindly clipped her coat of most of its knots for us, and is starting to grow back nicely already.”
This photo, sent by Judith shows how well Lily is now looking,
This picture (below) was taken on her first day in her new home when she wore herself out checking out her new accommodation, as Judith says “She had played with her many toys and had lots of runs around and sniffed every inch of the house so much that she tired herself out and just had to have a nap!”
Judith emailed me to let us know a bit about how Lizzie, now Lily, is enjoying her new life and she says,
“Although I don’t live with my mum and dad I come round virtually every day (just can’t stay away from this loving little girl). Every time I walk through the door she runs up to me and sits in front of me with a wagging tail waiting for cuddles!
She loves to play with her toys – she chases her tennis balls (slowly learning to fetch – we will work on that more soon), she likes to throw her raggy ropes around and pushes an old washing up bowl around the garden too. She’s a little frightened of the outside world at the moment, so we will be building this up very slowly. She is a very quick learner though – at first she wouldn’t go upstairs but mum spent time with her and now she can do it with ease!
She loves her treats too and so we shall slowly work on training her with some lovely tasty treats!”
I know Dalton would recommend that Lily has Wagg treats for her training, perhaps he could send her a pack to try out…. It sounds like Lily has a great home and with time and patience she will get over her bad start in life. Stan and Tommy wish her well and so do I and all my friends at The Border Collie Trust.
If you would like to adopt a collie or collie cross, or if you would like to learn more about the work the trust does, visit the website for lots of info. Border Collie Trust rescue and rehome 400 to 500 dogs a year and they need your help to carry on this work.
Good Luck Lily xxx
(If you have adopted a dog from BCT and would like to see it featured on this blog please send me photos and some details – we love to share good news like this.)