Happy fam­ily re­union for dogs

Dogs Trust fam­ily get to­gether

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

A lucky lit­ter of res­cue dogs have re­united with their mother for a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion.

Ca­nine car­ers at Dogs Trust West Calder were de­lighted to hear that one of their pre­vi­ous res­i­dents had re­united with her pup­pies one year af­ter they all found new homes.

Ger­man Shep­herd Roxy, who ar­rived at the Ben­ty­head Re­hom­ing Cen­tre last June, was heav­ily preg­nant at the time and gave birth to 10 pup­pies.

The lit­ter was aptly named af­ter Ger­man ci­ties and re­ceived roundthe-clock care via a fos­ter carer as part of Dogs Trust’s Home From Home pro­gram.

Their ded­i­cated fos­ter carer Jayne went on to adopt one of the pup­pies per­ma­nently, adding them to her ex­ist­ing fam­ily of three Ger­man Shep­herds and five cats.

All 10 pup­pies found new fam­i­lies af­ter eight weeks, with ex­pe­ri­enced dog own­ers who were keen to stay in touch.

To­gether the fam­i­lies reg­u­larly up­date each other via so­cial me­dia on the progress of their pets, as well as hav­ing ar­ranged a six month and one year birth­day party for them all, in­clud­ing Roxy.

Roxy was adopted by cou­ple Ross and Mor­ven from the High­lands, who at­tended the birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in South La­nark­shire.

The fam­i­lies got to­gether for a long coun­try walk with all the dogs, who were also treated to dog- friendly cup­cakes in hon­our of the oc­ca­sion.

Ross said the event was en­joyed by dogs and own­ers alike.

He said: “We adopted Roxy af­ter vis­it­ing her sev­eral times at Dogs Trust, and were in­vited to join a so­cial me­dia group with the own­ers of her pups.

“It was heart-warm­ing to see Roxy’s pup­pies in their new lov­ing homes, to­gether with read­ing the excitement the oth­ers in the group ex­pressed when Roxy was adopted.

“It’s great to be able to fol­low the lives of the pups with so many peo­ple who share a com­bined love of Ger­man Shep­herds.

“Af­ter a hard start in life, we’re very for­tu­nate to be able to give Roxy the for­ever home she de­serves and a quiet life in the ru­ral High­lands with loads of space to run and play.

“Thanks to Dogs Trust for look­ing af­ter her un­til she found us.”

Jayne, who was Roxy’s fos­ter carer dur­ing her stay at Dogs Trust and who then adopted one of the pup­pies, said she was de­lighted to see Roxy again and hear the sto­ries of how her life and her pups’ lives had de­vel­oped.

And she said that Roxy was a very de­voted mum to her lit­ter.

Jayne said: “When Roxy came to stay with us she greeted me with such a waggy tail and al­most fell over.

“Bless her she was huge, her tummy was al­most touch­ing the ground.

“When she fi­nally gave birth to the pups they were like three dif­fer­ent lit­ters - four huge, five av­er­age size and one tiny lit­tle boy.

“When Roxy was feed­ing she al­ways made sure she fed the smaller pups first, it was amaz­ing to watch her.

“As the pups grew and Roxy had more time to her­self, she fit­ted in with my own three dogs, play­ing and re­lax­ing when away from the pups.

“I adored and still do adore her, she’s a very spe­cial girl who is one of a kind.

“It’s won­der­ful that all of the fam­ily is still in touch, both the two and four­legged.

“We had a ball at their birth­day party and will do at many more to come.”

If you be­lieve a dog is for life and are in­ter­ested in ei­ther adopt­ing a ca­nine com­pan­ion or fos­ter­ing a dog through the Home From Home fos­ter­ing pro­gram, please get in touch with the team at Dogs Trust West Calder on 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust. org.uk/our-cen­tres/west-calder.

It’s great to be able to fol­low the lives of the pups

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