Lost Lily fi nds her place
With years of nurturing and caring through his education career, it’s easy to see why Bob Holderness- Roddam was the perfect person to help collie- cross Lily adjust from life at the dogs home.
What made you decide to get Lily?
I’ve always had dogs. I think I must have dog DNA in me. I grew up on a sheep farm in Northern England and we always had working dogs.
Looking through my ancestors’ photographs there seems to always be a dog in the photo as well, so it just must be in the genes. I’ve just always enjoyed their companionship.
Our previous dog was a Rottweiler cross Jack Russell named Wally who was adopted by us after his previous owners moved into a fl at and couldn’t keep him. Two months after Wally passed on I went looking at the dog’s home with my daughter with strict instructions from my wife: No old dogs, no puppies, no males.
So we were perusing the dogs and as you know when you go there all the dogs are usually quite lively, barking to get your attention but when we walked past Lily’s pen she was just sitting quietly and then walked up to the fence and put her head against it for a pat.
After having a little meet and greet she came home with us the next afternoon and here she is.
Lily’s looking very healthy today, perhaps even a little too healthy but that wasn’t always the case was it?
No, when the RSPCA picked her up wandering the streets she was completely emaciated.
They actually kept her for a while hoping the owners would call and claim her so they could charge them with neglect but when they didn’t show up she was put up for adoption at the dog’s home. Even when we got her she was a little underweight.
However, that changed very quickly on her arrival to our house. She instantly exhibited the hound in her and sought out a pack of Turkish breads on the kitchen counter and acquired those.
We were pretty slow learners actually, leaving kitchen cupboards open and not being able to fi nd things in them later. The trail of empty wrappers on the back step was a dead giveaway as to who the culprit of these crimes was.
What are your philosophies in regards to rehabilitating Lily?
My philosophy is that it’s not so much a case of good dogs and bad dogs but more so, good and bad owners. We had to be really patient with Lily and drowned her in TLC, however, the fi rst three months were a real challenge.
The animal you see in front of you today, though is not even a shadow of the dog we picked up 18 months ago.
What’s great about having Lily?
Companionship and all the silly stupid things she does. A dog’s always good for laugh.