Simba the lion

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 23 November 2010 | 3 Comments


We got Simba (now called Willow) two years ago.  The volunteers at Shenton Park didn't give him a very good wrap saying that he was just like another dog who had serious personality problems. 


We fell in love with him though and he was just the sort of dog that suited us and our house.  He was extremely anxious when we got him and he threw up on me all the way home in the car - not a good beginning!  He was always good with people although he was very submissive and kept rolling onto his back every time you looked at him.  This could be tricky if you were walking down the hallway at night in the dark because he is mainly black!!

He was horrendous with other dogs and became like the exorcist dog when he saw any other dogs - shaking, growling and generally looking like he was ready to kill.  .  Luckily we knew some friends and family members with very forgiving dogs and in the end we had to just put him down and let them work it out.  He improved rapidly.  We had some very valuable help from Cecilia on how to get him to come back to us when we walked him in the park across the road where dogs can be let off the lead.  That was very helpful.  Since then Willow has become great with about 95% of dogs although he occasionally likes to punch well above his weight with a poor boxer who is a regular in the park and he would take on a horse if given the opportunity.

He is a lovely companion and much loved by us, our friends, family and the local neighbourhood.  He now lives a happy life, loves his walks and driving in the car, ferretting in bushes and generally being loved.

Anne Courtney


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  • Another happy little dog.
    Love the bottom photograph, that paints the whole story.

    Posted by Leah, 06/12/2010 11:22am (8 years ago)

  • lovely lion

    Posted by imre safrany, 26/11/2010 10:37pm (8 years ago)

  • You people are fantastic, even though you were advised that maybe Willow had some personality problems, you loved him enough to give him another chance, and I must say he looks very content.

    Posted by Jackie, 25/11/2010 11:47pm (8 years ago)

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