Graeme and Peggy know first-hand the difficulties faced by dogs who have survived years in a puppy farm. They’ve adopted them, and loved each one truly, deeply and unconditionally. When they lost Marnie in January 2018 broken-hearted doesn’t come close to the desolation they felt at the loss of their friend.
(Read my tribute to Marnie here).
When the initial agony of grief began to ease, Graeme’s mind tentatively allowed thoughts on adopting another dog to creep in. The gripping pain of Marnie’s loss was no less, but gradually as time passed, he knew another friend would join Bindie, their remaining schnauzer who herself had survived years of trauma in the breeding industry.
And so it was, that a year ago today, Sparky headed off to her new life with Peggy, Bindie and Graeme. Today’s adoptaversary marks quite a turning point, as the year has seen Sparky transform herself from a damaged dog ruled by puppy farm demons, to her true, devilish self. One with a strong desire to get the most out of each day, and to twist Graeme and Peggy firmly around her own four paws.
I’ll let Graeme tell you what living with Sparky is like…
Sparky immediately offered companionship and company for Bindie and us after the horrible loss of Marnie.
She wasn’t like any of the other rescue schnauzers we’ve had. Her trauma was deep. She was scared of everything, too frightened to come anywhere near us. For a long while it was impossible for us to take her out as she freaked out as soon as the lead appeared.
She’d come for treats, but only if we put them on the floor, far enough away from us that she felt brave enough to take them. Gradually she began taking them from us directly, but ran off to her safe place to eat. We knew she wanted to trust us, to trust her new life, but just couldn’t.
Then suddenly in September something clicked and she realised we weren’t going to hurt her.
Bindie had straight off taken Sparky under her wing, showing her she was safe and no one was going to be hurting her. They’d often snuggle in together and we knew this was Bindie helping her through her scared or unsure moments.
A year on, Sparky still has moments where her fears take over, but at least now, she knows we are there for her to help, not harm her. Trust takes time to build up, but we know Sparky now has this feeling. She’s a completely different dog from a year ago, she loves attention and enjoys being fussed, the more the merrier as far as Sparky is concerned.
We take Sparky and Bindie to visit DBARC regularly to see her pal River. They were room mates together when River was recovering from her major surgery. We love seeing Janet, Julie and Donna who are such a big part of her life and who made this all possible for Sparky and us.