By Boxing Day, it was all over for Pip.
The then two-month-old lurcher puppy was bought as a Christmas gift but the novelty soon wore off and he was given up on 26 December.
He ended up at a rescue centre in Ireland and was later brought over to our Blue Cross rehoming centre in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, so that we could give him a second chance of a happy future.
When Pip [pictured top as a puppy] arrived at Blue Cross he was in a bit of a state – covered in marks, with bald patches all over his body. But, despite what he had been through, he was a happy little puppy who just wanted to be loved. Although he had a confusing start to life, Pip was a confident young chap and loved to get involved in everything.
Jess Hollis, the Animal Welfare Assistant who helped to look after Pip, says: “Unfortunately in January we sometimes see an increase in unwanted puppies as the novelty has either worn off or the puppy has not settled well after being bought as a Christmas present.”
Pip’s journey to happiness was not over yet as it took him a little while to find his forever home and he spent many weeks at Blue Cross waiting for someone to choose him.