Diva spices up things with her new family

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 29 January 2012 | 10 Comments


Dear Furry Friends and Friendly Volunteers. Hi there I hope this finds you all wet nosed and barking. I wonder if you remember me? My name “was” Diva whilst I stayed with you all at the refuge. I just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know how things are going.


Whilst I enjoyed my stayed with you – all those friendly volunteers taking me for walks and the good natured staff grooming me and giving me tasty diners and tidbits. I was surrounded by some great fellow furry friends (some a little on the noisy side I might add). But we had a laugh, woofing and barking to each other to keep our spirits up and to encourage those who were a little frightened and lost among us. We always had something to say about those strange friendly humans that came to stare at us.

Well this pair of humans came to visit one day and although I was a little standoffish and did not put on a sad “take me home” face, they seemed to think I was great and asked if they could take me home with them. So after a chat with one of the staff to make sure they were “good” people and would not let me down (again) I was helped into this strange moving contraption, scared me half to death as we stopped and started and juddered along. Luckily I had my favorite toy to chew for comfort. The female human sat with me stoking me and making soft soothing noises, which was very reassuring.


We got to their house; which was very smart. I have a big back garden to play in with lots of grass. There are some beautiful flowerbeds, which I try to avoid when I’m running around. There are some cool shade spots to rest in, a huge tree, a patio and a garage.

They take me for walks every morning and every evening, we go to some of the local parks. I have been to 3 different ones so far. I have great fun at the park the humans enjoy throwing the ball so I kindly run after it and bring it back to them. They give me a treat and lots of pats and then I let them throw the ball again – They just love this game. They did change my name to “Chilli”, which took me a day or so to get use to, although I did pretend longer as they kept giving me treats when I came to my new name?? I’m not silly.

They have been training me and teaching me other tricks, which is great as I get treats and tidbits when I do it right, I can sit, stay (most times), lie down, give (when they want the ball back), roll over and they are trying to get me to shake paws (hands). I also come back when called which they love.


I’m left at home on my own sometimes but I get a Kong stuffed with biscuit and treats and cream cheese and peanut butter – mmmmm keeps me busy for hours. I sleep in the kitchen on my comfy soft bed surrounded by my toys. I have loads of toys: chewy toys, squeaky toys, balls and teddies – I am only allowed a couple at a time – but I know I am a little spoilt.

The humans are very kind and loving they talk to me all the time and give me loads of kisses and cuddles and pats. I sit between them in the evenings on the outside sofa – my favorite time of the day.

I met Baxter, one of the neighborhood dogs, we had a great time played chase around his garden – he is 7 and I completely wore him out. He amazingly disappeared through a door at one time – I could see him inside but I have no idea how he got through the closed door?? What a trick – I hope I learn that one, one day. (Now I’m told it was a doggie door??). I did go to the beach one day but I dread that moving contraption – it frightens me. The beach was fun but I do not like getting my paws wet.


Well that’s all for now – take care and thanks again for our companionship during my time of need and I hope you all end up in a great happy home like me. A last and special thanks to all the volunteers – keep up the good work. We always need good caring people like you to make us happy and to feel special again. Especially after we have been hurt or abandoned for no fault of our own.

Thank You

Chilli (Diva)

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  • I am so glad Chilli has such a great home!
    It is so true that many lovely dogs are in need of loving new homes( through no fault of their own.) Lucky Chilli has lovely
    new parents!!

    Posted by shan, 14/02/2012 12:23am (7 years ago)

  • What a wonderful story. I loved Diva whilst she was at the Refuge, and often wondered how she was going. What a fortunate Chilli she is. It all makes me very happy.

    Posted by Linda Mort, 01/02/2012 12:59am (7 years ago)

  • enjoyed your story so much,had a few laughs as well, so happy that (diva) er chilli is a happy dog

    Posted by dot weary (volunteer), 30/01/2012 8:27pm (7 years ago)

  • Beautiful Diva (Chilli), thank you so so much for updating us and letting us know how you are. It sounds like you are one spoilt little girl, which you absolutely deserve.
    Thank you for being so good and cooperative wen we did your video, I'm sure it helped get you your new home.
    Please thank your humans from all of us for taking you home and, obviously, loving you very very much.
    I bet you will live a long, spoilt life :)

    Posted by Liz (volunteer), 29/01/2012 3:21pm (7 years ago)

  • What wonderful new parents. If only there were more people like you in the world. You have taught Chilli to write beautifully, I think you left that off the lust if tricks learnt :)

    Posted by Colleen, 29/01/2012 2:36pm (7 years ago)

  • Wow what a fantastic place you ended up Chilli. To her new owners, thank you so much for giving Chilli 15 a second chance, sounds like she is living the good life now.

    Posted by lynda, 29/01/2012 2:08pm (7 years ago)

  • How lovely Chilli, sounds like you are doing a great job looking after those humans! How nice for you to finally be so loved!

    Posted by Anthea, 29/01/2012 1:15pm (7 years ago)

  • Thanks to a compassionate and FABULOUS pair of humans :), Miss Chilli finally gets her 'happily ever after'..xxx

    Posted by Gay , 29/01/2012 11:05am (7 years ago)

  • WOW!What a brilliant story,I remember you darling Diva..oops Chilli..I love my vollie work I do at Shenton Park as I get to hear fabulous stories like this..I always say a beautiful dog deserves a beautiful home.You ALL look so happy,great pictures!Andrea

    Posted by Andrea McSevich, 29/01/2012 3:55am (7 years ago)

  • Sleeping doggie photo is cuuuute ^_^ Yay for a happy home!

    Posted by Steve, 29/01/2012 3:46am (7 years ago)

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