"He looked up at me, the two of us locked eyes and that was it,” says Kate McGonnell-O’Neill.
“It’s been a love story ever since.”
Spike arrived in the McGonnell-O’Neill family’s lives shortly after the sad loss of miniature schnauzer Fritz at the ripe old age of 17. Kate’s husband, Mike, had worried initially about a repeat of the heartache caused by Fritz’s death, but for Kate, who has been surrounded by dogs her whole life, the house felt empty without a canine presence.
Spike, who is now 14, needed help to find a new home from our Thirsk rehoming centre in North Yorkshire 10 years ago, when his owners could no longer care for him or his brother.
Despite the passage of time, Jenny Day, who has worked at Thirsk for many years, remembers the sweet lurcher well.
She says: “Spike was a quiet little soul who was struggling with being in the kennel environment. This meant he was shy and nervous, which might have been why people were put off offering him a home. He was with us for around three to four months before Kate gave him a home. I’m delighted that he’s doing so well.”
Spike had always been a gentle and placid lad, who loved being around people, so when Kate spotted an ad asking for volunteers on the vet’s notice board, she knew Spike would fit the bill.