A holidaymaker had her heart touched by a lovable stray dog in Spain took it back to her home in Wales. Nurse Janice John, 59, and husband Steve were in a cafe when they spotted the Spanish Podenco pooch in a starving state on the streets. They began feeding the wide-eye dog and decided they couldn’t leave her behind. So they arranged for her to emigrate from Grenada in Southern Spain to start a new life in Llanelli.
Now the dog, renamed Cassie, is loving her life as part of her new family. Janice said “Cassie is such a beautiful dog. She is a little bundle of joy and happiness from head to toe. Some friends thought I was crazy doing what I did but I just couldn’t forget her”.
“We were sitting in a cafe when she came up to us. She was clearly starving and all the ribs of her spine were showing, she was covered in tics and fleas. It was so sad. I fed her every single day we were on holiday and I just couldn’t forget her when I got home because I felt I had a real connection with her. I knew I had to find her”.
Janice joined the Valle Verde Animal Rescue group on Facebook and finally they managed to locate the dog. Janice said “They told me they would see if they could find her – I didn’t even have a picture of her so could only describe what she looked like. It was a miracle when they sent me a photograph of her. I recognised her straight away”.
Podenco dogs are hunting dogs are often abandoned or killed at the end of the season. They are sometimes thrown into rivers, ravines or wells or abandoned in remote places if they have performed badly.
Cassie, aged about nine months, was driven the thousands of miles to the UK by the charity For The Love of Dogs and Cats – a charity helping animals in Spain. “I decided I would adopt her – she just stole my heart” Janice told us.
“When she saw me I think she recognised me. She was trembling from head to toe and was so tiny. I gave her a big cuddle”.
“Soon after we first brought her home I noticed our fruit bowl was empty. I looked in her basket and there were three nectarines and two bananas in her bed. She was stashing them as all she had known was scavenging from tables. Now she is very happy and loves her food – she has dog biscuits and wet food twice a day. Sometimes I will give her a slice of cheese as a treat”.
“She is getting along famously too with our other dogs – three Bassett Hounds; Alfie, Winnie and Florence. She really is a bundle of joy and I am so glad we rescued her. She is a wonderful dog and we are lucky to have her”. Cassie is enjoying her new life in Llanelli.
CAN YOU HELP A DOG FIND A HOME?
For The Love of Dogs and Cats deliver homeless animals all over Europe, with twice monthly deliveries of happiness to the UK. If you can help a dog find a new family with you or your loved ones, please visit their website today.