“We had been looking for another dog for quite some time and when we saw Arlo come up on the Blue Cross website, we knew he was perfect for us,” said Jenny, who took him home in May.
Arlo now lives in Ipswich with Jenny, her husband Mathias and daughter Kezia, as well as new best friend Bedlington whippet May, aged six, and the family’s four cats.
And life could not be better for this once neglected boy.
“When he’s ready to go for a walk he spins round in circles and gets so excited. To see how happy he is when he’s out walking, with his tail constantly wagging, is just so lovely, especially considering his terrible background,” said Jenny.
When we’re out in the woods with him and May there are lots of tracks and it’s like they’re in an amusement park together. They just run about chasing each other!” said Kezia.
“Obviously he can never catch up with her but he gives it all he’s got with his little legs. They have such a good time.”
In between walks, Arlo likes nothing more than curling up in a warm spot in his new home and enjoying a good old tummy rub. On sunny days, he heads to the conservatory or outside if it’s hot.
If there’s a beam of sunlight to lie in, he’ll find it. And, understandably, he dislikes the cold..
“He loves the sun. He was found in January and the centre said he really didn’t like the cold. He gets scared when it rains as well; he used to really shake when there was heavy rain,” said Kezia.
“When I look at the pictures of him before, he looks like a different dog. I still can’t quite believe that he went through all that. His ears are just a constant reminder.”