Who would want a 15 year old dog, I was asked…?
A dog who has a permanently dislocated back leg, limited sight and hearing, a hear murmur and a hernia.
A dog who was rescued more than ten years ago, loved by his very own family and, through no fault of his own, found himself, at the ripe old age of (at least) 15, with no mummy, no family, frightened and confused.
This old man didn’t ‘land’ in just anyone’s care though.
(insert drum roll) Mrs PFT to the rescue!!
This amazing little rescue group, championed by Mrs PFT and lovingly supported with pram pushing and bowl washing by Mr PFt, thought someone may just want a 15 year old dog.
So, Mrs PFT set about posting this little man’s picture on the PFT FB page, wrote a ‘standard’, heartfelt story, as if dictated by the little man himself. And, as the universe would have it, a couple who had been stalking the PFT FB page for some time, spoke with their other two fur babies and gathered the courage to e-mail Mrs PFT, offering their home and hearts.
After checking their e-mail at least 147 times, Mrs PFT replied…
“I need to ask you questions to get an idea of you and your home” she said.
We replied…and waited.
“You are PERFECT for young Toby” eventually came the reply.
So, while Toby spent the next couple of nights bewildered, sad and safely tucked in Mr and Mrs PFT’s bed, his future family counted the seconds, yes seconds, until they could collect him.
What followed was one of the most treasured experiences – my best friend by my side, meeting Mrs PFT, the fury residents of Chateau PFT and, the meeting of the gorgeous Toby.
In less than a month, Toby has brought tears to our eyes, made us laugh, filled our hearts with love and become an absolute treasured family member. And, just when we think our hearts are full to the brim, every new day sees us love him more.
So I ask you, who on earth WOULDN’T want a 15 year old dog…? 😉
Whilst in care at PFT, Stan the Man made the Sunday Morning Herald in the Adopt Me section.
The reports were correct – he is a cute little terrier scruffy mix. Mrs PFT’s wish was to be inundated with wonderful enquiries and that Stan the Man would be in his home by Christmas. There were only 9 more days to go.
And wouldn’t you know it, Mrs PFT and STAN the MAN did it.
He went & got himself a new home. Just in time for Christmas too. He left Chateau PFT only 3 days shy of Christmas day.
Stan found himself a beautiful home, with beautiful people & Stan the Man was going to have a beautiful life.
Stan was microchipped and his owners were in fact sent a letter. However, they never came to reclaim him. He spent 19 long days at the pound and never once lost his sense of humour.
His new Mummy (and her daughter) are going to spoil this little guy so very much.
Congratulations Stan the Man – you just keep on WOWING everyone you meet. ♥♥
Bently known as Tiny whilst at PFT, was adopted in Dec 2012 by John and Dorothy. He is a gorgeous little male Chihuahua weighing approximately 2.2 kgs. Now 7.5 years old, he is such a character!!!!
Bently was microchipped but when the pound contacted his owners and they found they
would have to pay to have him released, they decided to leave him there. They said they could get a new dog cheaper than what his rescue would cost. So PFT rescued him and had extensive vetwork carried out to get him up to “PFT standards”. Bently had all but 4 teeth removed and was desexed.
John and Dorothy fell in love with him the day PFT placed him on Facebook. They contacted Mrs PFT straight away and said they would love to adopt him.
As mentioned, what a character he is!! Bently rules the roost!! When first adopted
Mrs PFT said to establish very early into the adoption who would be
boss. Apparently John and Dorothy had no say in it. Bently assumed the role right from the beginning.
Bently joined a family of very lucky dogs. There is Beasley – a small foxie who is now 15 years old, Billie – a small Tenterfield adopted from Save our Strays in August 2011 and who is approximately 13 years old now. And then there are Bazza, Bonnie (Pookie) and Bently (Tiny) all adopted from PFT.
Bently is by far the youngest member of the family, by about 5 years. He
relates well to the other dogs but does have a habit of stalking Bazza.
He watches Bazza’s every move and will often bark at him if he wants him to
move. Although he has only 4 teeth, he loves to suck/chew on a bone or
biscuit. He also adores John, following him everywhere and loves to sit beside him.
What a very lucky little dog to have such a wonderful family!
The Wonderful tale of POOKIE….
We have always been a dog family and had a number of dogs. We presently have 5 beautiful dogs, three coming from PFT.
BONNIE: (known as Pookie at PFT) was adopted from PFT in November, 2011. We went to view one dog and came away with two !!! After viewing Bazza we spoke to Mrs PFT and she said she had another dog we may be interested in. It was Bonnie. How could we choose? It was love at first sight with Bazza and now we were looking at a cream ball of fur. It didn’t take long to say that we would love to add Bazza AND Bonnie to our family. Bonnie (formally Pookie) is a female, cream Chihuahua X. She is now approximately 12 or 13 years of age. Initially we thought she was only about 7 or 8 but as time has passed we have come to realise that she is more likely 12. She appears to be partially deaf and her eyesight is poor. She is slow to move when the weather is cool which makes us suspect she has arthritis. Although a loner, we believe in her other life she was a very dearly loved pet and when rescued was in good condition. She had been taught to do tricks and at times seemed to become very frustrated because we didn’t understand what they meant. (probably some type of treat). Bonnie spends most of her time sleeping but it also a creature of habit. Each afternoon about 5 pm she will start to bark, telling us that she wants her tea. We love her dearly but also feel sorry that her previous owner may have been elderly and didn’t know where to search for her when she became lost.
On the 13th of February, Sommersby RSPCA one again contacted PFT about a Crusty they needed assistance with. After 10 years of loyalty Cuddlepie was abandoned in the night cage with her face all bloodied and a note attached to her. The letter explained that her owners couldn’t afford Vet treatment after the neighbour’s dog attacked her through the fence. Apparently they also couldn’t afford to treat a shocking flea allergy (preventable), severe arthritis, some lumps, and perform a basic de-sexing. It was in this state that she came to PFT on Sunday the 16th of February to get some much needed Veterinary care and find her Forever Home.
After 6 days in care, she was ready for her big day with Dr Dave, including de-sexing, vaccination and removal of a small mammary tumour, as well as the discovery that she was pregnant with 4 undeveloped little Cuddlepie-mounds. The following day she was off with her new Mummy, a transporter for PFT, called Tracey, where she would recuperate, and more importantly live out the rest of her days. Her new life includes nanna-naps, love and a “happily ever after”.
Cookie was busted out of the Pound on the 17/6/2011 after 16 long days. She enjoyed being pampered and taken for walks during her time at Chateau PFT. Cookie Crumble took part in a photo shoot for Urban Animal magazine on the 10th July 2011.
Cookie Crumble’s stay with Mrs PFT was short and sweet as she found her Forever Home with Marian and buddy Rolfie on the 17th July and hasn’t looked back since.
Willow came to PFT on the 2/12/2011, after pulling some serious heartstrings. Chateau PFT was full at the time, but as usual Mrs PFT felt this little girl deserved better and she was in need of some serious medical attention for mammary tumours.
Willow stayed with PFT throughout December and January and sadly Mrs PFT announced on the 5/1/12 that Willow had had zero interest shown in her, despite being one of the nicest and easiest dogs she’d ever looked after.
Then Willow’s luck changed and Gail and Geoff (and Adrienne) adopted her and on the 27/2/12 she travelled by plane to South Australia. where she spent all day sniffing and pottering around the grass, plants and rockery. She was treated to poached chicken and rice for dinner and was well loved by her new family.
On the 19th March 2012 Willow was given her wings after being given endless cuddles and being taken to the park to smell the grass and knowing she was well loved.
Sausage came into care on the 13th September 2011 and by the end of the day Mrs PFT had lined up an adoption!! Quickest ever adoption. Although Sausage had to stay at Chateau PFT until November to make him all better……..there was a home and a Mummy, Alison, waiting for him. Alison had pined for a PFT Senior for some time and had just missed out on the lovable Fudge, so she was a perfect match for Sausage and became PFT’s first Sanctuary Mummy.
And so on the 5th November 2011 “The Sausage Man” departed from Chateau PFT and went to live with his new Mummy Alison. Sausage lived with his wonderful Mummy for just over two years, until he was given his wings on the 2nd January 2014, with Alison being devastated to have lost her ‘crusty cranky companion’, “The Snagga Man”.
Apple had a rough start in life and was originally bought to breed and make money, and because she didn’t produce any babies, her owners wanted to sell her. Apple was not desexed, vaccinated, microchipped or socialised and lived her whole life outside in a kennel.
Mrs PFT thought Apple was destined to spend a lot of time in care, to become better socialised before looking for her Forever Home, which would of course need to include a house where she would live inside, no breeding and a human to call her own. However on the 12th October 2012 a young man called Patrick received a very special birthday present. A photo of Apple who was to become his very own.
Apple was able to go and live with Patrick and his family (Linda, Dad and Samantha) on the 18th October where she is currently treasured, cared for, loved, pampered and allowed to live inside. She is spoilt, living in a home on 2.5 acres in the county, with a Mummy that works from home.