Posted: 31/08/2015 at 11:28
We always had cats but 7 years ago we took in a rescue dog who was badly in need of TLC and grooming. Her coat was like sheep's wool with a 3" layer of felted mat underneath which proved impenetrable so we had her shaved. She was skeletal.
3 months later she's bouncing with health.
4 years later we got her a playmate - another rescue dog who had never been outside in his 3 years of life and was frightened of anything new but soon settled in and loves having a garden and going on long runs. He's still frightened of new stuff but is a joy.
He too was underweight but not starved and is now a bouncing fit boy.
The last of our current menagerie is Pusscat who we found hiding in an outhouse one cold September 5 years ago. She too was starving after being abandoned. 5 years later she's fit and healthy despite 2 ops for breast cancers and another for neutering where they found polycystic ovaries. She's finally decided we can be trusted and comes for cuddles but does not approve of dogs so lives upstairs apart from occasional forays into the
garden when she decides to sneak out.
Both dogs "help" with gardening. Rasta hunts moles and rats and digs. Bonzo lies next to me when I'm working, often on new plants to keep them warm you understand.