In response to Connexion’s recent debate on SPA animals on its Facebook page, ‘rescued’ is my favourite breed of dog.
I currently have six, five of which came from SPA24. They arrive lost and frightened.
It takes time to settle them in. You have to earn their trust and respect – and then the magic moment arrives when they realise they are staying. They all react differently, but happiness exudes from them.
I had one who danced she was so excited, she was depressed when she came; another put his head on my shoulder and relaxed – he was considered dominant and dangerous.
Hagrid cried he was so happy, sounds daft but it really isn’t, they know when they are loved wanted and safe and each has a different way of showing it, I believe that rescue dogs make loyal and loving friends and after 26 over the years I have yet to find a bad one.
Jim Stephenson, by email