Sometimes in life, two paths cross at just the right time. And for Ross Southwood and his Blue Cross rescue dog Kaiser, that couldn’t be any truer.
Grief-stricken Ross was struggling to cope after losing his two beloved dogs within 18 months of each other, and rottweiler Kaiser had found himself at our Bromsgrove rehoming centre, lonely and dejected after being - unavoidably - given up by two previous owners.
But being brought together by Blue Cross was a huge turning point for both of them and in the past six months, their unbreakable bond has helped to heal the scars of the past.
“Before I got Kaiser I had lost my eldest rottweiler, Syrus, and was devastated. I went to Spain for a while to help me come to terms with the loss and the night I got home, my youngest dog, Lola, died in a road accident outside my house. It was horrific,” said Ross.
“I had been planning to get a third dog before Syrus died and suddenly I had none. The house felt empty and I was just lost.”
Ross, who lives in Hastings with partner Lorraine, continued: “When I heard about Kaiser, I went straight up to see him. It was like he needed me, and I needed him to move past what was a really bad time in my life. We found each other at the right time.”
Kaiser originally came to Blue Cross in December 2016 due to a family breakup. He was quickly rehomed and thought he’d never be alone again but, in a tragic turn of events, his new owner fell unexpectedly ill two months later and had to give him up.
The three-year-old dog must have been so confused, and his confidence hit rock bottom as a result.
Caroline Oram, Animal Welfare Assistant at Bromsgrove, said: “When Kaiser came to us he was very worried. Having had two homes this poor boy found himself in kennels through no fault of his own. He was under-confident and would often approach things with caution; tail low, ears back, sometimes cowering if you approached.
“He hadn't had much socialisation with other dogs so the team here at Bromsgrove worked really hard with the Behaviour Team and we had a behaviour program in place for him.”
The team worked hard to bring Kaiser back out of his shell and, in doing so, quickly realised that he absolutely loved people and being around them all of the time.