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The sun has not always been shining on this lovely Brittaney Spaniel. Peggy grew up in a garage together with many other dogs, hardly saw daylight and had to fight for food. Most of her first 2 years of her life were spent underneath or inside a car. Then she was rescued, but that life also did not turn out well and she was taken back to a dog shelter to be re-homed. With her 3rd owners she arrived in the UK.

Being very street-wise and loving her freedom Peggy on 3 occasions decided to explore her surroundings being missing for a few days and then being found again. On the 16th of June after something had happened, that till to-day I do not know the truth about, Peggy disappeared again. She jumped out of one of the vans being extremely scared.

The Pets for Life Team went into action and spent many an hour looking for her especially in the evening and at night because of her being scared this was the time she came out of hiding. For 12 days she was sighted every day and we managed to get her confidence for her to come closer. No stone was left unturned to find Peggy, we employed an animal communicator to help us. Then one of the volunteers, helping to find her, decided to put up a fox trap and Peggy disappeared completely without any further sightings. Through the help of the communicator we knew that she was alive and out there, night after night we went out to look for her, there was no giving up we wanted to bring her home.

We then decided to place an advert in the Chronicle and also to put up a reward and it paid off, on the 15th July at 7pm we received a call from a lady who thought she had seen her. Lydia and I jumped in my car and we searched for the place that had been pointed out. Reaching it, it took us less than 5 minutes to locate Peggy. She was extremely nervous and scared. Just at the moment when I had her eating out of my hand my phone rang and she “bolted” off again. We called the others and asked them and her owners to come and help. Then we circled in on her and her mum got her out and we had a very happy, hungry and thirsty Peggy amongst us. The tears rolled in every one’s eyes – it was one of the most special moments in my life. All the stress, anguish, trauma, perseverance and patience has paid off, we had found her.

At this point I would like to say thank you to all those of you who helped the team and myself to find Peggy. Your trust in us and your never ending patience and perseverance will never be forgotten and I am extremely grateful to all of you especially to you Elena for making that vital call that led us to Peggy.

Peggy looked remarkably well for having been out there for 4 weeks fending for herself, she was thin but otherwise ok. When I took her to the vets the next day, he could not believe that she had survived all this time out there on her own. Health-wise other than being covered in ticks and having a skin rash Peggy was fine.

Peggy has been living with me and my gang, Amica, Bertie Madiba and Mia since we found her and she is making progress. Peggy has regained weight and slowly, slowly she is building confidence. We have a long way to go for her to be back to normality but with lots of love, routine and security I am sure that Peggy will make it.

Peggy you are one hell of a special dog from whom we can all learn so much! Thank you for coming into our life!

 


 

Hallo I am Peggy, a Brittany spaniel. I have no idea how old I am, they say it might between 5 and 6 years. Auntie T has decided that my birthday is the 15th July as it a very special day in my life.

I was born in a garage on a farm, I remember there were already many other dogs and it was dark. We had to fight for food hardly ever saw day daylight and I mainly lived either underneath a car or in the car, where at least I had a little space for me. I guess that is where my sacredness of the world started, and my non liking for men, the man on whose farm we were was not very nice to us. Then one day they came and we were all taken away and put in a doggie rescue place. They wanted us to find a new home, a woman came along and took me with her, for a while things changed but then I was taken again to a rescue place, and along came a family that took me home. I was lucky, always someone gave me another home. With this family I came to England.

I do not like to be shut in and need my freedom and a couple of times in England I escaped for a couple of days, testing the life out there in the woods and bushes, but then I came back after a few days when I decided it was not so good out there, and I knew my family wanted me back. I mainly come to life in the hours of darkness which relates to me growing up in the dark. Love is very important to me and knowing that I have a person that I can consider mine, this gives me happiness and security.

But then my family decided that I should be re-homed again, my heart sank and I became very scared not knowing what was going to happen to me. I went for 1 night to a place where I felt there would not be happiness for me and I would be sent somewhere else again. On the morning of the 16th June I jumped out of a van and ran away. What I did not realize at the time was, that I would get lost cause I did not know this area, with guidance of some horses who became my friends, and gave me shelter and food I found my way back to the woods where I had escaped before. Every day there were many people looking for me, at night it was always the same people but I did not know if they meant well or not so I did not come close. Every evening I showed them that I was around and they could see me but I disappeared again living in the forest and the bush. Food was scarce but then I was used to that and water I found by the other animals. When it rained and the thunder came down I wished I was somewhere safe being loved, I was still too scared to come close enough so one of the team could take me. Then there was this man who put up a fox trap to try and catch me, but I was cleverer and I moved and no one saw me at all for a long time. I caused a lot of stress, anguish, trauma and unhappiness too many people and I am very sorry for that, but I was so scared I would have to go to a home where again I was not loved. I knew that Chris, Kirstie Lydia and Auntie T were out there day after day and night after night looking for me. Auntie T had engaged an animal communicator to help find me and through him they all got news on me. I was ok but not well fending out there for myself having only the horses and other animals as friends.

Auntie T, Chris and Kirstie decided to put an advert in the local paper and Auntie T and my owners also put up a reward if someone would bring me back. Auntie T really wanted me to come home.

On the 15th July, a lady called Elena called Chris advising that she thought she had seen me close to the Rockdale Care home. Chris got as much detail as possible off her and Auntie T and Lydia raced in Auntie T’s car to the place and there they found me at the top of Bourchier Close in the field. Lydia called Kirstie and Dave and my owners to come help me get out as I was so, so scared. My mummy got me and when I was in her arms it felt so good. The tears rolled from all, they all sat on the grass feeding me salami and cheese, how good that felt lying in mummy’s arms and being safe.

“Auntie T – it was one of the most special moments in my life”. All the stress, anguish, trauma, perseverance and patience has paid off, we had found her.

At this point I would like to say thank you to all those of you who helped the team and Auntie T find me. Your trust in us and your never ending patience and perseverance will never be forgotten and I am extremely grateful to all of you especially to you Elena for making that vital call.

Peggy looked remarkably well for having been out there for 4 weeks fending for herself, she was thin. When I took her to the vets the next day, health-wise other than being covered in ticks and having a skin rash Peggy was fine.

Peggy has been living with me and my gang, Amica, Bertie Madiba and Mia since we found her and she is making progress. Peggy has regained weight and slowly, slowly she is building confidence. We have a long way to go for her to be back to normality but with lots of love, routine and security I am sure that Peggy will make it.

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