It was March 2007 and we'd taken a donation to our local animal shelter and I'd promised myself to drop off the cheque and not look at dogs needing re-homing but of course I did look at them. There was a little Patterdale terrier that caught my eye but we weren't considering having another dog at that particular time and we returned home. Over the next couple of weeks I couldn't stop thinking about that little dog and convinced myself our dog Amber needed a companion. By the time I phoned to enquire about that little dog I was too late as he had already been re-homed.
It was love at first sight - little orphan Annie
I was a member of a dog rescue forum which was closely linked to the greyhound rescue that my daughter and son-in-law were actively involved with. It was on that forum that I spotted Annie. She was being fostered in Essex. We didn't know anything about her background except that she needed some tender loving care. The rescue arranged a home check which we waited an anxious couple of weeks for and during that time there was plenty of other interest being shown in offering Annie a home. Having been deemed suitable adopters, a request for a transport run was made to get Annie here to us. Unfortunately there was only one volunteer to take Annie just over forty miles on the first leg of the journey and son-in-law kindly volunteered to make the two hundred and eighty mile round trip to collect her. We will be eternally grateful to our son-in-law for making that journey. I had no choice but to work that day as we were stocktaking, so after finishing work at about 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, 5th May 2007 husband and I together with Amber our dog travelled to our daughter's home in the Midlands. By the time we arrived Annie had already bonded with their dog Eric.
Annie came with a letter from her foster carer, some food and toys together with a note from the vet's surgery that had treated her informing us she weighed just 9kg and was underweight. The letter is dated April 2007 and they'd even nominated a birth date of 1st July, 2006.
We stayed overnight with Annie sleeping in our room in our daughter's home but the following day Annie much preferred to share a sofa-bed with their dog Eric, they'd had some lovely playtime together.
The following day we introduced Annie to the beach, her first taste of ice cream and the thrill of racing through the sand dunes with her new best friends. She wasn't keen on the sea and seemed to be frightened of the incoming waves.
This was to be the start of her new life with us and Amber and she enjoyed many more adventures with Eric. How she'd changed from that skinny, little dog I saw online to the gorgeous, scruffy love of our lives.
just a few more photos
the sideways glance
what more can I say .... she was unique!
Sleep tight Angel Annie xx
Sadly Amber passed away in 2012, Eric in 2016 and Annie in April 2020.
It would be nice to think they are all together again, running free.