A two tail story …

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A wonderful, honest account from one of APROP’s supporters who made an addition to their family this year. Vanessa and Paul Lowrie.

“I wanted  a dog, just a small one, an old one that nobody wanted. Then I saw Lucas, not small, not old, and Ela, in the pen next to him, not small, not old, terrified of all around her and, I fell in love.


JUNE. So, we took two dogs home. Had they ever had a home before? Ela took refuge on the kitchen floor for a week, we walked round her, let her stay. Lucas settled on a comfy dog bed near her. Ela would only go out after dark, watching her approach the door, go back, approach the door, go back, was painful, plucking up enough courage to go outside, holding my breath until eventually, …… she’s out.

Weeks go by, I’m not getting much sleep, letting the dogs do what they need to do to be settled, encouraging Ela to come in at 1am, 2am, 3am, after she had dug herself a hole to sleep in, not wanting her to feel abandoned again.

AUGUST. We take them out in the car, getting them in was a challenge. Just for a drive, see the lights, people, dogs. We do it over and over again.

SEPTEMBER. Things are beginning to change, Lucas just wants love, Ela is venturing out during the day, yeh!! No more vampire dog. We take them out in the car to the beach. We go for a walk, they’ve never seen the sea before. 

OCTOBER. Ela is spending more time outside in the sunshine, she and Lucas play, dig holes. We venture out during the afternoons for walks along the sand, dipping our paws in the sea.

NOVEMBER. Lucas is so funny, he craves love and attention, Ela too, wags her tail, loves a love, likes her head held while she falls asleep. They both laugh. We all get much more sleep now, bedtime at 10 pm, up at 6am. The bags under my eyes are receding.

It’s only been a few months but, we’ve changed 2 dogs lives and ours. We walk with the dogs, and, we all go home. We love our dogs very much and we think, that, they might just love us too”.

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Ruth Martin

I have been volunteering at APROP since April 2018. You will normally find me there on Tuesday mornings, helping to care for, clean and feed the dogs. In 2019 I adopted Barney, a Podenco from APROP. In fact I have taken a distinct liking to the Podencos and some call me the Pod-Mother! I am also part of the adoptions team the fundraising team and I help by fostering dogs too. Helping animals brings me much joy and happiness into my life.

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Judi
9 months ago

I meant to rate the article 5 stars, but my finger must have slipped on the phone, hence the 4!

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Judi
9 months ago

Fantastic to hear this news about them both. It’s so heartwarming to read the progress our dogs make once they leave Aprop. Thank you, new doggy parents, for giving these animals the love, care, time and homes they deserve. Here’s to a bright future together!

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