Couple overjoyed with abandoned puppy Peggy
DOG IS NOW ‘SO HAPPY’ AFTER SHE WAS FOUND LEFT FOR DEAD IN A LAYBY
THE new owners of abandoned puppy Peggy have said they cannot imagine how anyone could have dumped the adorable dog.
Peggy, who is thought to be a Tibetan terrier crossbreed, was found left for dead in a layby on the A38 near Alrewas by a passing motorist in June. The terrified and sick pup was shaking and traumatised, she said.
Her coat was so matted she was thought to be an elderly dog, and RSPCA staff in Stretton were stunned after she was examined and they found she was in fact only one.
New owners Charlotte and Russell Leddra-Graham, from Lichfield, were not put off by Peggy’s poor start in life or that they would need bags of patience with the timid dog. They have told the Burton Mail that they are so happy to have adopted her and that she has made them so happy.
Charlotte, who works as driving instructor, said: “It’s been a whirlwind since we got Peggy.
“We lost our dog at the start of September and we just felt lonely and empty.
“It was completely by chance that we met Peggy. We were shopping in Burton and I suggested to Russell that we could go and have a look at what animals they had at the RSPCA at Stretton.
“We saw Peggy and she was just everything we wanted. They told us about her condition but it didn’t put us off. I think there had been around five other people who had asked about Peggy but when they found out about (her condition) they all backed out. It’s so sad.
“But we were determined to give her everything she needs and now she’s so happy and she’s made us so happy.”
The dog was named Peggy by RSPCA staff after the legendary TV barmaid Peggy Mitchell from EastEnders played by Barbara Windsor.
They picked the name because the terrified pooch would only respond to one of the RSPCA staff ’s dogs called Frank at first. She was too frightened to move but gradually she started to respond when Frank was around.
Frank Butcher was Peggy’s on-screen husband in the top BBC soap opera and was played by Mike Reid and prompted the name choice for Peggy, said staff.
Peggy had no microchip or collar and it was clear to staff from the RSPCA that she had been abandoned. She also had an ectopic ureter, a rare condition meaning she was unable to urinate naturally.
Peggy defied the odds and an operation to sort her condition was a success.
Her ordeal is now behind her, though, as she has now been adopted by a couple who have told how they fell in love with Peggy the second they saw her.
Charlotte said Peggy loves to play with other dogs and regularly meets up with her sister’s pooch, Ollie, a springer spaniel.
The dogs love to play with each other and will often run around for hours when they see each other, said Charlotte.
She said: “She’s absolutely gorgeous. I just don’t understand how anyone could not want her.
“All she wants to do all day is give us love. She loves her cuddles and would spend all day cuddled up on my lap if I would let her.
“We’re so glad we’ve got her she’s certainly keeping us busy.
Susie O’Neill from the RSPCA said: “Sadly, the RSPCA does see lots of abandoned and dumped animals every day. Dumping an animal is never the answer, there is help out there if you are struggling. Please reach out to friends and family, contact your local vets or a local animal charity. If you are concerned for the welfare of an animal the RSPCA is available 24 hours a day on 0300 123 4999.”
Peggy, who was found on a layby near the A38 at Alrewas, was taken in by the RSPCA in Burton