Res­cue an­i­mal in­spires a book

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KATASHA McCUL­LOUGH

Jean Sil­ver calls her­self an ac­ci­den­tal au­thor.

Af­ter adopt­ing res­cue dog El­lie she wrote a let­ter of thanks to her foster mum, told from El­lie’s per­spec­tive.

El­lie’s foster mum Teresa Te­vaga wrote back and the cor­re­spon­dence con­tin­ued for more than two years.

Sil­ver, who lives in North­cote Pt, has now com­piled the let­ters into a book and all profit from its sales will be do­nated to the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of New Zealand.

El­lie: The Dog with the Lov­ing Heart will be of­fi­cially launched on June 6.

El­lie, a fox ter­rier cross, had a rough start to life.

She was found wan­der­ing the streets of Par­nell with nine other dogs.

The other dogs were put down but El­lie, who was only three months old, was given a sec­ond chance at life.

But she then caught the deadly ca­nine par­vovirus and Te­vaga could not find an af­ter-hours vet.

She stayed up with the dog all night, giv­ing her wa­ter ev­ery 30 min­utes.

El­lie spent 10 days at the Swan­son Rd Vet Clinic and even­tu­ally re­cov­ered.

‘‘It was un­heard of for her to sur­vive. It’s an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney she’s had,’’ Te­vaga says.

Sil­ver hopes El­lie’s story will raise aware­ness about the Hu­mane So­ci­ety and chil­dren will be in­spired to write sto­ries about their own pets.

‘‘I hope that other peo­ple will give a home to res­cue dogs – that’s why I’ve done it.’’

The book is aimed at chil­dren aged eight and up and ‘‘dog-lov­ing adults’’.

Louise O’Sul­li­van is the direc­tor of DogHQ in Glen­field and was the first per­son to call El­lie ‘‘the dog with the lov­ing heart’’.

She says when she met El­lie she could ‘‘see her soul a lit­tle’’.

Te­vaga has fos­tered about 30 dogs for the Hu­mane So­ci­ety over the last four years and says El­lie was a real mir­a­cle. Be­ing a foster par­ent is hard and peo­ple al­ways ask how she can say good­bye to a dog af­ter look­ing af­ter it, Te­vaga says.

‘‘Once you see them with their for­ever fam­ily you know you can. You’ve got an­other one right be­hind and it needs just as much help and love and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as she does.’’

Email jean­sil­ver@xtra.co.nz if you are in­ter­ested in buy­ing the book or at­tend­ing the book launch on June 6.

Photo: KATASHA McCUL­LOUGH

Jean Sil­ver with res­cue dog El­lie ‘‘the dog with lov­ing heart’’.

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