Susie-Belle’s legacy is a large one. Thanks to the support of many thousands of people around the world. People who find her story through my books, or social media. Writing’s a funny thing, you never know if anyone will read your words. But a writer does it anyway. There’s an urgency to get words onto paper, it clears my mind when I do. Writing is an outlet for the emotional turmoil that seeing the reality of puppy farming causes in me. It’s a great privilege to know that people do read what I put out. I’m humbled by the fact my books engage people and they want to know more. And know what they can do to stop the suffering. This is what it’s all about for me. This is Susie-Belle’s legacy. Bringing about change in people’s minds and actions. My writing is my campaigning.
Writing about Susie-Belle’s life, and the world she existed in for years before being saved is my personal way of trying to do something good. I hope it’s contributing to the end of the industry that made her and every dog like her suffer unimaginably. All so that buyers can have the puppies they feel are their right to have. But each day while the puppies are being bred and bought in their thousands, they leave behind many thousands of Susie-Belle’s. This is a terrible reality.
None of what I do nowadays would happen if it wasn’t for Janet at the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre entrusting Susie-Belle to me. I’m forever indebted to Janet for enabling me to get on this path with the most special little dog I could have had beside me. She’s with me still, this I know, even though she’s no longer seen. On Sunday, her life will be honoured, her legacy will continue to grow, and I will be in tears I’m certain.