Good things come to those who wait…
Best friends are hard to find, but not impossible - and in some cases, friendships are meant to be.
Mary Hammond scoured the websites of rescue organisations seeking her perfect match. Having recently lost her beloved 17-year-old border collie, Jess, and having worked as a shepherd with the breed some years previously, Mary had her heart set on another.
A spaniel at Blue Cross caught Mary’s eye, and she considered giving a different breed a go. But when Lara Alford from our Southampton rehoming centre in Hampshire had a chat with Mary and her husband Mike, we realised that this particular spaniel wasn’t quite right for the family and another dog might be a better fit.
“I’ve had all kinds of dogs,” Mary said. “German shepherds, terriers, all kinds. When Lara explained that this spaniel was particularly springy and wasn’t suitable for us, I thought ‘well good, because I really want a collie!’”
A few days later, a young, nervous border collie arrived at our rehoming centre. She had come from a family home straight into a kennel environment, and the sudden change was a shock. Unbeknown to the timid collie, there was very likely a loving home already waiting for her.
Mary said: “Lara was absolutely wonderful. When she visited I had told her that a collie was what I was really after, and a few days later she phoned me and said she thought she had found our dog.”