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.
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!”.