The boy nobody wants

LEMON

And suddenly, after more than two years of waiting, along comes a family to the refuge and they fall in love with him.  Now he has a home.  We do not know their name - but thank them from the bottom of our heart!  Enjoy life to the full, dear Lemon.

JAVA - 4 MONTH OLD BORDER X NEWFIE

JAVA

JAVA'S STORY:  Well the lady came back with her husband and looked at me and my other two sisters.  And then went away again.  I felt a bit disappointed . . . and then to my surprise, they turned up at the Puppy Party and at the end of it I didn't have to do back in my kennel!  They picked me up, put a lead on me, took me for a little walk and then . . . put me in their car!  You could have knocked me down with a feather - I was adopted!  I have a new home and I am so happy.  I really really hope the same happens for my two lovely sisters, Nala and Lana.

LANA'S STORY:  I was left with my sister and we were OK happy and then . . . this huge white dog called Iorek came to stay and I really liked him but he wasn't too keen on me at first.  Then bit by bit her got used to me.  With Christmas approaching, the big boy's owner said she'd take me to see how we got on.  Well, Mr Big Boy as he's nicknamed, wasn't too keen on me being in his house at first but bit by bit I've wheedled by way in and hopefully I'm here to stay.  I love my home!

NALA'S STORY:  OK, I can now own up that I was always my fosterer's favourite and was kind of special to them . . so yes, I ended up staying with them and with my big "sister" Luna who plays and plays all day with me.  She doesn't even seem to mind when I chase and hang onto her tail.  She a beautiful big girl and I hope I grow up to be like her (even if I am black and she's white)!

Iorek

Iorek

Hello! I used to be called Blanco when I was dumped in the refuge having been kept in chains for a good part of my life. After many failed adoptions I have finally found my forever home through the people who came to the refuge to walk us all.  I was a bit of an unknown quantity so they spent quite a bit of time with me and then one day along came some lovely people who thought I was great.  A few days later I met them again and they took me home.  

It's taken me a while to learn what living in a home is about and how to trust that my people are not going to leave me like others have done. I think I'm doing OK - I am learning to play - something I've never done before; and I am learning new commands so that I can have more and more freedom. I am so happy and so thankful that I now am loved and can love in return.

It's been a few months now since I got my adoptive home and life is wonderful.  I now run off the lead and don't need to wander because I have toys and things to play with, guaranteed food on the table and lovely people to take care of me.  They have been away and left me in some lovely kennels with some lovely people.  The first time I was worried I was going to be left again, but they came back and were so happy to see me . . . and me them.   I love them both, and Richard lets me play and rough and tumble with him.  That is a special time for me.  The cats strutt their stuff along the window ledges and I am learning to ignore them though I know they secretly want me to chase them!  Life is good!

UPDATE: Hello Everyone!  Just before Christmas my Mum and Dad brought home another dog!  It was a fostered puppy called Lana that I'd met at the kennels and she had seemed very nice then.  But to bring her to my house!  That was taking things a bit too far!  Anyhow my Mum and Dad have been very insistent that I be nice with her - though she's rather boisterous - and bit by bit I'm getting used to her being around.  It's OK because I've not lost out on any love from my Mum and Dad because she's been there which is what worried me most.  I hope she might even be a bit of fun when she grows up.  Oh, and by the way, she is, of course, now called Lyra.

Lucky Lou

LOU (ex LUCKY)

Lucky Lou, this beautiful lemon English Setter pup, has found his forever home up in the mountains with a family who know setters through and through.  He is growing into a wonderful dog and is thoroughly loved . . . though not spoiled!!!  Hard luck, original owner, you really really missed out on this one!

Bobby

Floyd, ex Bobby

18 June 2015 was my big day though it did seem a bit odd.  The people I met last week came and took me for a long car ride and then into their home.  There waiting for me was the lovely dog I met last week.  She showered me with licks.  I did what only comes naturally in such circumstances with a bloke,  . . . I cocked my leg on a house plant!!  Apparently not the right thing to do!  Then they have this box where little people live inside it and make noises.  All very odd.  But I am learning and loving being free and loved again.

Wow!  I get loads of walks every day and guess what?  They even took me to a place where there's loads of water you can't drink - very salty - and we were able to play and swim.  I think I am in heaven!  My new Mum says she can't believe I've only been here such a short time as I've integrated very well.  I think that's a good thing.

UPDATE:  My name is now Floyd and I have acquired a passport and now live in the UK with my family.  Life is very good.  

Elsa - pointer

Elsa

Well, Elsa's foster home did not last very long - it became her permanent home!  Just like her own integration into the household - the decision also took all of 30 seconds!  "Should we keep her?  Yes, we should."

She is one of 13 dogs, all of which live in and around the house.  She has become a beautiful, reliable member, able to run off the lead through the vineyards, along with the other 8 "reliables".  Her veterinary needs are being taken care of - and she has been sterilised and had some cysts removed.  All in all, one very lucky girl - and a joy-giver par excellence!

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