When teeny Tinkerbell first arrived at Blue Cross she was in a very sorry state.
The little dog was handed into our care after being picked up by the dog warden and she needed urgent treatment.
Her left ear was so diseased that it had grown into a lesion, and had become so bad that our vets had to operate to remove her entire ear canal.
Lisa Kent, a Blue Cross Animal Welfare Assistant, says: “What initially would have started off as an infection that could have been easily treated was simply left to get worse.
“The surgery means that Tinkerbell is now deaf on one side and she also almost lost the hearing in her right ear too, but fortunately our vets were able to treat it before it got too bad.”
Once she had recovered from her operation at our Victoria animal hospital, Tinkerbell was taken to our Lewknor rehoming centre to find a new family.
Lisa adds: “When she arrived, her fur was still long and she was in need of a good groom, which we gave her straightaway and she looked much better afterwards.
“She settled in really well, and has shown herself to be a gentle natured girl who is very friendly and affectionate.”
It wasn’t long before Tinkerbell found a loving forever home with new owners Lynn and Keith Reveley. The recently retired couple had wanted a dog for a long time but work and travel had always got in the way before. Now the time was right.
Keith says: “We went down to the centre to visit her the next day and on the way home I asked Lynn what she thought. We knew Tinkerbell had had some behavioural problems but after meeting her we knew we couldn’t leave her there, so later that week we went back to pick her up and bring her home.”
Lynn and Keith had the feeling that the match was just right for them during their first meeting. Keith explains: “She had a little yap at us when we first met her, but we went out to the big outdoor exercise area and she played there with her ball and then came running back to us.
“She was still wary, but there was just something about her that made us say, ‘right, we’ve got to have her’.”
Lynn adds: “You could see she was timid and not very courageous, but I think she’s got a big heart so that’s why we settled on her.
“We played with her, had a walk with her, and that was it – she came back with us.”