Beasley by Con­nie’s side

Mon­tagu Bay’s Con­nie Alomes thought she’d never be able to re­place her old dog Woo­gie. How­ever, af­ter sev­eral trips to the dog’s home, Con­nie adopted an aban­doned Jack Rus­sell cross bull ter­rier named Beasley.

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When you went to the dog’s home and met Beasley, what ini­tially drew you to her?

Beasley defi nitely stood out. She wasn’t a sur­ren­der dog, she had been aban­doned and was found wan­der­ing the streets just af­ter she had given birth, al­though God knows what hap­pened to her lit­ter of pups.

Once Vyv [ Con­nie’s hus­band] and I de­cided to get Beasley, the dog’s home asked us to bring in Vyv’s 18- year- old whip­pet cross kelpie called Sox, just to make sure they got along al­right.

Once we got her home it was ob­vi­ous she had been se­verely mis­treated – you couldn’t raise your hand or pick up a rake with­out her cow­er­ing on the ground. But af­ter a lot of pa­tience and love, within six months of hav­ing her she was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent dog.

We got her in late June/ July 2011 and that Christ­mas all the fam­ily were com­ment­ing that she just wasn’t the same dog; she had trans­formed into this won­der­fully confi dent, obe­di­ent and af­fec­tion­ate an­i­mal.

How would you de­scribe Beasley’s per­son­al­ity now?

She’s in­cred­i­bly play­ful and just the tini­est bit mis­chievous. She’s very much a peo­ple dog, she doesn’t seem all that in­ter­ested in other dogs, she’s in­ter­ested in peo­ple.

When we go walk­ing with her there’s no prob­lem hav­ing her off the lead be­cause she stays close and if an­other dog crosses her path, she might go over and have a sniff but she won’t go far from my side.

She’s su­per af­fec­tion­ate and now that I only work part- time, she just fol­lows me around the house all day long.

You’ve got an in­ter­est­ing story about when Beasley fi rst ar­rived at your home.

Well the vet­ting process for adopt­ing a dog is quite thor­ough and we had to show that we had an ap­pro­pri­ate back­yard that was spa­cious and se­cure enough to have Beasley.

We had ev­ery­thing set up for her and we knew she was quite timid so Vyv and I put her in the back­yard to run around and fa­mil­iarise her­self with her new home.

Af­ter a while, I went in­side and then when I came back out, I called out to her and noth­ing. She had just dis­ap­peared.

I be­came absolutely fran­tic with Vyv and I run­ning up and down our street, ask­ing all the neigh­bours whether they had seen our dog, which we had only had for less than a hour.

It was re­ally up­set­ting be­cause I was just think­ing, the peo­ple at the dog’s home trusted me to look af­ter her and I had al­ready lost her.

Fi­nally, I de­cided I was go­ing to go look­ing fur­ther and raced up­stairs to put on some bet­ter shoes and as I was sit­ting on a chair putting them on, I peeked into the bot­tom of Vyv’s walk- in and there was Beasley ly­ing down in the fur­thest re­cess of the wardrobe.

That made me re­alise there and then that we had to take ex­tra spe­cial care of her.

What’s great about hav­ing Beasley?

Sure it’s sat­is­fy­ing see­ing the trans­for­ma­tion over the past two years in Beasley, but she has com­pletely en­hanced Vyv’s and my life, not the other way round.

We en­joy her so much, some­times we just look at each other and laugh and say, “I can’t be­lieve we are like that about a dog!”.

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