Res­cue dog brings huge re­wards

Joondalup Weekender - - Opinion -

ADOPT­ING a badly ema­ci­ated dog was an eye-opener for Michelle Gaynor, of Cur­ram­bine.

The RSPCA res­cued her bull ter­rier-cross Bil­lie Boo Bear (Boo) four years ago af­ter a pre­vi­ous owner left the dog weigh­ing 9kg.

Ms Gaynor and her fam­ily adopted Boo with the sup­port of vet­eri­nar­i­ans and dog train­ers, who helped build her con­fi­dence and in­crease her weight to 24kg.

“We have al­ways had res­cued an­i­mals and I’ve al­ways sup­ported RSPCA WA, but adopt­ing Boo was a real eye-opener,” she said.

“To have a dog that had come from such a bad back­ground, how trou­bled and anx­ious she was be­cause of what had been done to her showed me how im­por­tant their job is – they lit­er­ally saved her life.

“The ab­so­lute joy that Boo brings to our fam­ily is un­ex­plain­able. She is still an anx­ious dog and it takes time to gain her trust, but with us, she is lov­ing, gen­tle and sweet 100 per cent of the time and I wouldn’t swap her for the world.

“I have of­ten wished that we had found her as a puppy and that she had never ex­pe­ri­enced the life she did be­fore she be­came a part of our fam­ily.”

Ms Gaynor will have her head shaved on March 20 to sup­port the RSPCA, and wants to raise more than $1500. To do­nate, visit give­­ers/shave­for-rspca-wa


Gaynor with her much-loved res­cue dog Boo.

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