When Buster and Harvey’s beloved owners died within 10 months of each other, the dogs simply couldn’t cope. Their owners’ daughter decided that the only way to help mend their shattered souls would be a fresh start, and found our Home Direct scheme to be a "lifeline"...
“Saying goodbye for the last time and watching them drive away was just heartbreaking, but I knew I had done what was best for the boys, not me,” said Rebecca Shaw of her late parents’ beloved dogs, Buster and Harvey.
The inseparable canine friends had enjoyed a life filled with love and adventure with her mum and dad, Ralph and Elaine Sellwood, but when the couple passed away within 10 months of each other, the dogs’ world fell apart.
Despite her own grief, Rebecca didn’t think twice about stepping in as she too loved Buster and Harvey dearly, but after three months it became clear that they were struggling more than ever adapt to life without her parents, and in April 2016 she was faced with a devastating decision.
“Harvey was with mum when she died and stayed with her. Then he would sit on her side of the bed every day after that, with Buster on the floor beside him as he was too big to jump on. They were mum’s sidekicks,” Rebecca said.
“Ten months later dad went into hospital and he never came home. Buster and Harvey never stopped looking for him and mum. They would check every time they heard a car, the phone ring or a knock at the door.”
Rebecca, who had just become a new mum, tried moving the best friends into her own home, but black Labrador retriever cross Harvey, now 11, didn’t get along with her cat and she ended up back at her parents’ house with the dogs in a desperate bid to help them settle.