Dogs Trust Snetterton
Our first winner was Kay Preston, who nominated The Dogs Trust at Snetterton Rehoming Centre.
This is Kay’s story……
“I had no hesitation in choosing The Dogs Trust at Snetterton, Norfolk to receive the £400 as my partner’s dog came from there. I have visited the centre and I felt that that is where I would like the money to go.
Over four years ago I met Roxy, a German Shepherd crossed with a Husky, who had been living with John for about three years. From the very first moment that I met her, I could see so much happiness that she had brought to John’s life and how happy Roxy was. They really are number one in each other’s lives and are inseparable.
Sadly having lost his last dog, John visited Snetterton to meet the dogs. Roxy appeared from nowhere and stood in front of John as much as to say, “well I am coming with you”. Roxy melted John’s heart and he drove a round trip of over 100 miles each day to walk her and get to know her a little better.
On the day Roxy was going home with John, he was told that he was the third person to take her and he must not hesitate to bring her back if he found her too difficult. He assured the staff that he would not be back, but one day he almost gave in. Roxy was somewhat of a handful from the day he took her home, but he was determined that he would not be beaten. After all, he has always had rescue dogs so he realised that there may be challenges.
One day, John was in tears with Roxy’s behaviour, but he persevered as he was determined that this rescue dog would have a permanent and loving home. Slowly, Roxy became less of a handful and with taking her to weekly dog training classes as well as having extra training and lots of love and attention from John, Roxy is now the most loving and obedient dog.
However, she does have her moments...... She loves to walk in the woods but may chase a squirrel or other wildlife and then probably go missing for a time. If she is left in the house she will climb up onto the settee, but on hearing the car she will get down and pretend she has been on the carpet all the time.
Her latest trick is to go and lay on a bed when left alone, but of course she does not straighten the duvet when she hears the car so she cannot hide that trick.
Roxy loves to be on a sandy beach and loves socialising with other dogs on her walks. She loves nothing more than to be allowed on the settee in the evening, but when she is ready for bed she will stand at the bottom of the stairs and wait to be told that she can go up. She knows to the minute her mealtimes, even when the clocks change!
Roxy is so loving, often coming across to give you a big wet kiss. So many people, including strangers, comment on how happy Roxy is.
Not knowing the history of Roxy’s life before she went to Snetterton to the Dogs Trust, this will remain a mystery, but having been looked after by them for part of her life, I would like to say thank you for all the hard work that they do with so many dogs.”
Snetterton Rehoming Centre invited Kay and her partner to a tour of the centre and they spent a wonderful afternoon looking round. Emily Johnston, Assistant Manager of Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre, said:
“We’re so grateful for Kay Preston’s very kind nomination in honour of a dog her partner adopted from us. We’d like to say a huge thank you to her and to My Pet Matters.
The Snetterton Rehoming Centre, which has 45 kennels, recently rehomed their 10,000th dog just a few days before the 20th anniversary of their rebuild.
We see all types of dogs come into the centre. We are always here to support owners and dogs on their journey to their fur-ever home, but we couldn’t do any of this without our generous supporters.”
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