Monday, 9 April 2018

Meet Max the Rescue Dog

When my husband and I first met, he had a Briard called Bill. He was the soppiest dog you could meet. Sadly, following a stroke, Bill went to the rainbow bridge just after I moved in. Despite my husband always having had a dog, we decided not to get another straight away - it meant we were freer during the early days of our relationship. When we decided to get married on the Isle of Skye 18 months later, we didn't need to put a dog into kennels. However, we always knew we'd get a dog after the wedding. Just like we knew that dog would be a rescue dog. What we didn't know was when and how old that dog might be until February this year.

Meet Max, a 13 year old Cocker Spaniel. Despite suffering severe neglect with his previous owner, he surprised all the staff at the local RSPCA shelter by pulling through. He has the most wonderful temperament, and despite living with the effects of the neglect, he loves life. He's deaf and his eyesight is poor, but that doesn't stop him from wanting to be involved in everything we do. He follows us everywhere, until tiredness gets the better of him and he takes a nap.

Looking after a dog is hard work. I'm up an hour or two earlier each day and, rain or shine, he's taken on walks. My coat and boots are always muddy. We probably spend more on food and treats for Max and our cat than on ourselves. Giving a dog a home isn't something to do on a whim, but what you get back is a hundred times more than what you put in. Seeing that wagging tail and happy face when I return home from work is all the reward I need.

We're not sure how long we'll be blessed to have him in our lives (his breed's average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years), but any sorrow we'll feel when we lose him will be outweighed by knowing we gave him a happy end of life. In the end, that's all that matters.

If you're considering adopting a rescue dog, there are lots of organisations out there looking for both permanent and foster homes.  They will work carefully with you to find the right dog to suit you and your lifestyle. It can take a while to find that dog, but you'll be thoroughly rewarded when you take your new companion home. The wait, as they say, really is worth it.


  1. Aw, he's beautiful and he looks sweet. It's wonderful that you can give him happiness in his last years.

  2. Hi Ellie - I think this is such a lovely post ... all the right things being said and being done ... wonderful to know you've given Max a home for life ... however long - just enjoy each other ... heart-warming - cheers Hilary

  3. What a sweet looking dog. They do give back far more than we put into them. Our current cats, Starlord and Rocket, are rescue cats. One was neglected and the other in a hoarder situation, but they are the sweetest, best-behaved cats we've ever owned.

    1. Wonderful to hear you have rescue animals yourself. I love their names!

  4. That's awesome. I'm so glad Max found you :)

  5. Aww, Max looks like a sweetheart. He's lucky to have you as you're lucky to have him too. :)

  6. Such a cute pup!! I completely agree about my rescue doggies--lots of work, but worth it. I can't imagine my life without them!

  7. Even with the eventual loss, the love is still well worth it. Hope he lives long enough to bankrupt you with all the treats.


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