Companionship has the power to transform lives and in the case of Flora and her owner, that couldn’t be any truer.
The eight-year-old jack russell was found in an appalling state wandering the streets as a stray, with fur so heavily matted she struggled to walk, a lump the size of her head on her side and a chain of masses on her belly.
Then she found herself in the council pound, lost and alone. Thankfully, our Suffolk rehoming centre was there to step in and give her the love and care she so desperately needed.
Getting the sweet girl back on her paws took three months of TLC and included several operations to remove the huge, but thankfully non-cancerous, lump protruding from her rib cage and the mammary masses on her tummy which were the result of Flora not being neutered.
After everything she had been through, nobody could have blamed her if she had struggled to trust people again – but her tail never stopped wagging as she put her life in our hands.
Flora simply wanted to be loved. And when she was ready to go to a new home, that’s exactly what she found in new owner Mike Elliston. But friendship works both ways and Flora has helped fill a void in her owner’s life, too.
“She’s brought me companionship and some joy back into my life,“ said Mike, who lost his beloved wife in March last year and their rescue dog Molly just five months later.
“It was a double blow, losing Molly. She had been a big part of our lives. I was obviously feeling quite lonely and lost, but I couldn’t bring myself to get another pet straight away,” he said.