“The girls”

001In December 2010, we lost our beloved miniature schnauzer Jasmine, who’d lived a very happy life with us for fourteen and a half years. She’d been my first dog and over the years I poured untold amounts of love and affection into her as she became a central part of my life. Jasmine had brought us so much¬†happiness that I knew I had to pay tribute to her through having a similarly characterful dog in my life again.¬†Thus it was that soon after we said goodbye to Jasmine, I set about sourcing another miniature schnauzer to fill the enormous void which she left us with and Renae joined our home early in 2011.

P1080976We always wanted to have 2 dogs and Susie-Belle joined us late summer 2011. She is a dog with many needs having survived years as a breeding bitch in a puppy farm, the worst kind of place for a dog to be confined. She suffered years of abuse and torment but now lives happily with us, having learned to trust that humans can be kind. This blog records her journey with us.

P9101129In February 2013, when Susie-Belle had been with us for almost 18 months and was almost a normal dog having made tremendous progress in her recovery from her past abuse, we brought into our family, Twinkle Berry. 2013-03-09 001 001She is, like Susie-Belle a survivor of the horrendous puppy farm industry and has suffered through this. Her needs are multiple, challenging and complex and how she shows these is in many respects quite different to Susie-Belle. With time, patience and our love and the help of Renae and Susie-Belle, she will eventually be as happy and content as Susie-Belle now is. At least that is our sincere hope.