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.

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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.

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