||Deceased, Four years old|
||Spanish Galgo, Spanish Podenco mix|
is Shandy, a Spanish rescue sighthound. Technically, she never had a
permanent home in her short life, but she was a special girl to me, and to
others, and so she deserves to be honored. This is her story.
When Shandy was only a few weeks old, she and her littermates were all dumped
at Pepi's Dog Refuge, a rescue shelter in southern spain, run by two
wonderful people, Jane and Alan. Most of the puppies found homes, except for
two: Satin, who still lives at the shelter today, and little Shandy here.
Shandy was rehomed momentarily, until her new owners decided they didn't like
her and left her back at the refuge.
I met Shandy back in July, whilst volunteering at Pepi's Dog Refuge. From day
one, I immediately fell in love with her sweet character. She really was a
sweetheart, never complained about anything, loved cuddles and was a joy to
walk with. She was a funny girl too. She loved playing ball, whenever she was
let out into the exercise pen, she would chase the ball, but instead of
bringing it back to you, she would go and hide it under the caravan that was
also in the pen. She would then proceed to follow you around and stare at you
until you crawled under the caravan to get it for her. I would have loved to
take her home with me, but sadly, my parents disagreed. I nevertheless kept
my fingers crossed and hoped that someone would soon give this girl the home
she deserved so much.
She almost made it. Finally, someone asked to adopt Shandy and her penmate
Bruno. Everything looked bright, Shandy would have had a loving home along
with a dog she got on very well with and would have lived a long, happy,
love-filled life. Sadly, a few days after, Shandy died of twisted intestines.
She was such a lively, happy girl, with so much to give. In a matter of
hours, all that was wasted. She never got to meet her new loving owner and I
never got to say goodbye to her.
Dogs like Shandy shouldn't have to suffer the way they do. Shelters like
Pepi's are doing everything they can, but it's a constant struggle. Last
year, a bunch of their dogs were poisoned. Every single year, their house and
pens are invaded by mud and water from the floods. They depend on donations
to keep going year after year. Which is why I want to help them. They
regularly have sponsored walks to help raise money and awareness. I wasn't
able to help Shandy, but I can help the other dogs who still live there,
still waiting for a home.
These rescue dogs all deserve to have a happy life and a loving family. They
deserve better than a lifetime in a pen. If you'll looking at getting a new
dog, please consider rescuing one of these lovely dogs in need of a home. If
you have the time, work as a volunteer in a shelter or donate to one of them.
Every little helps. If you want to know more about Pepi's Dog Refuge, please
visit Pepis Dog Refuge.
Shandy may not be here anymore, but she will be remembered. She was a very
special girl and her spirit will shine on in the hearts of all those who
Rest in peace sweet baby girl, you'll never suffer again. <3
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