As I write this the air is filled with the dulcet tones of one snory pup! .. I say pup, but should really say refined (and rather lovely) older lady. When we originally contacted WAHF, my husband and I had our hearts set on rehoming a cute fluffy little puppy called Java, little did we know that 9 months later we would have a very special senior dog as part of our pack! Our little Mary is between 7-9years old, a Beagle/Pointer mix and has the sweetest nature you could ask for in a companion!
When WAHF found Mary she was in a really bad way. The vets in Cyprus said she had either been thrown from a great height, or from a fast moving car. The impact broke both of her back legs and pelvis. After multiple surgeries, she is now able to walk, albeit with a fused back left leg – her energetic little bonce brings a smile to people as she passes, we’ve very lovingly nicknamed her Marybobbins!
When we saw a picture of Mary on Eve’s (WAHF Rehoming Manager) instagram we fell completely in love. As clichéd as this may sound, from that moment we knew she was the dog we had been waiting for.
We contacted Eve, and she told us that Mary “has the sweetest nature and everyone who meets her simply adores her, but being slightly older and not a cute fluffy puppy, she's obviously having a harder time finding a home […] . She is great with other dogs and very affectionate with people. She's gentle with children, walks well on the lead and is obedient, laid-back and loyal. She really is a lovely girl. Mary has been described as 'perfect' by everyone who's had anything to do with her since her rescue, and she'd take to being a companion without hesitation.” To say this is an 1000% accurate description would be a total understatement. From the first moment we met her, Mary has been the most sweet and loving companion- we often have friends (and even strangers!) tell us that they feel like her big beagly eyes are looking straight into their soul (!) .. and we have to agree!
When Mary first arrived, she had not been able to move around much- the final operation on her back leg meant that she was not allowed to move for 6 weeks- this resulted in her being a quite overweight. Being a little arthritic, the extra weight meant she found it hard to move around much. We could walk for up to 10 minute stints at a time before she would need to rest, by the end of each walk we would find ourselves carrying her, and stairs were completely out of the question. For the first 2.5 months we didn’t hear a sound from her at all; she would sit silently next to us in the park, not interested in any other dog at all. Fast forward 4 months, and she has lost 3kg in weight, shows no sign of pain in her arthritic joints and can go on walks for over an hour. She loves to chase other dogs- she may tire quicker than most of the others- but she’s always the first to initiate play! She sprints up and down stairs and will happily bark to let us know that we’re taking too long to get her food!
She’s done so well on her new diet, and although she’ll always be a little food oriented (she has some kind of radar for chicken bones that we need to quickly dig out of her chops!) it’s been absolutely amazing to watch her transformation and with it her confidence grow.
I can empathise with new adopters concerns that an older dog may be stressful to rehome, need more special attention and worry that their time together may be limited. Of course there are lows as well as highs- I’m sure anyone who has adopted can relate to that; we’ve seen the vet almost every month- she’s no stranger to her big pink cone of shame (!) and are currently working hard to help her separation anxiety, but she’s worth every second of hard work. We’re so lucky to have found our sweet little MaryBobbins, and I’m so glad we made the decision to rehome an older dog, we’re thrilled we can give Mary the best retirement a dog could ask for, especially after such a rough start. I know from hereon in, we’ll look to support older dogs who are in much need of love in their golden years.
Thanks WAHF for bringing Mary into our lives!
- Katy Bateman