Dog finds home – af­ter wait of 10 years

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ @visan­drew­brown

STAFF at an an­i­mal res­cue cen­tre are cel­e­brat­ing that one of their dogs fi­nally found a home – af­ter wait­ing for a new fam­ily for ten years.

Fresh­fields An­i­mal Res­cue, in Ince Blun­dell, said it is thrilled to be wav­ing farewell to Floyd, its long­est-stay­ing res­i­dent at the ken­nels.

A ten-year-old Ger­man Shep­herd, Floyd came to the sanc­tu­ary from a home where he was liv­ing in a yard, and tor­mented by chil­dren who used to throw stones at him.

Sadly for Floyd this trau­matic start to his life meant that he found in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple very stress­ful.

It took years of gen­tle han­dling and pa­tience for him to trust the vol­un­teers at Fresh­fields.

They said they al­ways knew that if Floyd were ever to find a home, it would need to be with a very spe­cial per­son with bags of pa­tience and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Step for­ward Louis, Floyd’s loyal and de­voted dog walker. Louis al­ways wanted to adopt Floyd, but be­cause of his other pets he was never in a po­si­tion to do so.

An­other hur­dle for Fresh­fields was that Floyd would not get into a ve­hi­cle.

Per­suad­ing a 30kg dog into a car would never be an easy task!

Amy Hornsby, one of the many de­voted ken­nel work­ers who have cared for Floyd all his life, said: “Over the past cou­ple of months, we had had been con­cerned that Floyd’s health was start­ing to de­te­ri­o­rate.

“A date was set for him to go into the vet­eri­nary hospi­tal for fur­ther tests.

“Although Floyd’s tests all came back clear, we could not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity some­thing else was go­ing on. Af­ter the pass­ing of Louis’ beloved cat, the idea of him ‘go­ing home’ be­came a pos­si­bil­ity.

“We won­dered if Floyd would ad­just to liv­ing in a home af­ter spend­ing so many years at the res­cue cen­tre. We felt that, if any­one could make it work, it was Louis.

“Mov­ing day dawned, and we man­aged to get Floyd in the van, with all his favourite toys and blan­ket, and two mem­bers of staff took him to Louis’ home.

“We in­tro­duced Floyd to the gar­den at first. As soon as he saw Louis, he was in­stantly at ease and trot­ted straight into the house! We are de­lighted at how well Floyd has set­tled in!

“He is safe and happy in his new home, and has evicted Louis from his favourite arm­chair!”

Fresh­fields man­ager He­len Stan­bury, said: “At Fresh­fields we never give up on any dog. Giv­ing love, care and af­fec­tion to dogs like Floyd is our priv­i­lege. We could not give our res­cued an­i­mals the hope they need with­out the sup­port of our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Please help us to re­store their faith in hu­man na­ture by sup­port­ing us if you can, with the funds to help us do the right thing for the an­i­mals. Thank you on their be­half!”

Find out more about how you can change lives like Floyd’s at www.fresh­

Staff at Fresh­fields An­i­mal Res­cue cen­tre are de­lighted that Floyd the Ger­man Shep­herd, left and above, has moved on af­ter liv­ing with them for 10 years – now he has moved in with his fa­mil­iar dog walker, Louis

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