“I found myself laughing when Wally was running in the garden and, I thought: ‘That’s the first time I’ve done that since losing Martin’.”
Those are the poignant words of Gai Cox, who rehomed dog Wally from Blue Cross after her beloved husband of 34 years passed away, followed by their dog, Basil, a year later.
At her darkest time, the lurcher became the mum-of-two’s shining light – and for Wally, Gai was his.
He arrived at our rehoming centre in Bromsgrove, West Midlands, in March last year with his brother Gromit, having been found straying, frightened and hungry.
Nobody knew what trauma lay in the siblings’ past, but while resilient Gromit quickly grew in confidence, all Wally could do was hide and quiver in his shadow.
The only way to build his independence and trust in humans was to get him used to spending time away from Gromit.
“The two brothers were so different,” said Claire Spiers, Animal Welfare Assistant. “Gromit was much more confident, and a new family soon fell in love with him and took him home.
“Wally was much more timid. He had probably had a traumatic experience when he was a stray, as he had very little confidence with new people.”