Rehoming a rescue dog

Saturday, October 1st 2011

This week I took the big step and got a dog. I’ve always grown up with animals and being a dog owner is something I’ve always liked the idea of. I’m in a fortunate position to have a house, free time and a job that has a dog policy, allowing them to roam around the office.

With the latter in mind, a specific dog was needed; one of good temperament, so a puppy was out of the question. Then I stumbled upon Battersea Dogs Home. Whilst I had seen other rescue centres, Battersea is a cut above the rest. Their facilities are wonderful and the care and attention they provide was a breath of fresh air.

Using a database they were able to enter my specific needs and wants and within 3 dogs, find the one that was right for me. Not only that, but for a small donation to the charity of just £105 it means you get your dog, which comes microchiped, vaccinated and spayed/neutered along with a collar, lead, food and more.

I wrote this post in my blog not only because I’m proud of rehoming a rescue dog and in doing so know I’ve helped in some small way, but also to say thank you to Battersea Dogs Home for giving me Tillie, who is pictured above. She’s a delightful 2 and a half year old Labrador. I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter dog.

Please, if you’re thinking of getting a dog (or cat), do consider a rescue centre. Battersea is great but there are many others out there as well, and to quote a book I’ve been reading this week, “a home without a dog, is not a home.”