Tess melts the hearts of her new family

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 7 August 2010 | 7 Comments


We are sending you some pictures of our beautiful beautiful darling Tess, she is settling in wonderfully. She's a completely inside girl and sleeps beside Mum and Dad's bed at night time. She has three beds which Mum made, and all have five layers of quilt and two layers of Tontine arthritic foam on top, enclosed in a sheet sewn up into a big pillowcase. One is for the bedroom, one for the games room, and one for the car. We still have her adorable polka-dot bed which Tess brought home from the Refuge, which Mum has washed. So Tess has, in fact, four beds! She is very attached to her belongings, they seem to be a security blanket for her.


During the day, she has her daybed in the games room with the family, situated between Mum and Dad's chairs. She loves her car rides and will often demand to be taken for a ride first thing in the morning by getting all excited at Mum and going to stand by the kitchen door. Each day she is coming out of her shell more and more, she gives Mum a cheeky look when she's outside before taking off for a gallop around the backyard. She playfights with Dad and Mum and loves asking everyone for a cuddle (particularly her sister Jess who she knows is a softy). She adores her coat and comes running when she sees Mum holding it up, ready to put it on her, and is so well behaved having it put on and taken off. When Mum holds up her coat, she helps out by sitting down and putting her nose through the neckhole, then lifts up her paws when asked so they can be put through the leg holes. She does the same in reverse when it is taken off.

Ready for bed

She is such a clever girl and learns quickly, and is extremely eager to please. When it is time to put her to bed at night, she runs excitedly to Mum and Dad's bedroom and settles down on her bed immediately. She seems so happy to know that she is sleeping right beside part of her family. She loves to chase the birds in the backyard, although when we took her to the park she was rather scared of the swamp hens and gave them a wide berth. She now sleeps through the night and we're seeing her more relaxed and content.

When we first brought her home she needed a lot of reassurance, but now she seems to be settling in and becoming more confident that she is now part of a family. She is an absolute delight, and we feel so blessed and fortunate in having her. We love our little girl so much and can't wait for the day to come where she no longer has any anxiety about her future, because she knows that she is loved and will have a home with us forever. We look forward to every day, because it brings a new treasure in seeing her blossom more into a happy, contented little girl. She is an absolute sweetheart with a heart of gold, and our lives are richer for having her.

Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful work you do at the refuge, and we will keep you updated on Tess.

Tess in her best jacket

P.S. If you didn't notice, Tess has a blue colour theme going - from her beds and blankets to her coat, collar, harness, leash and name tag :P

With our warmest wishes,

Kathy, Casey, Jessica, Brett and Tess Jones

(Plus Bella the dove and John, George, Jack and Benjamin the budgies, Tess's siblings)

Post your comment


  • A favourite - beautiful Tess. Thanks to the Jones family for giving Tess this sort of home.

    Posted by Audrey, 27/08/2010 11:59pm (8 years ago)

  • I'm so happy for Tess. She is a wonderful Staffy who deserves the best, which by the sound of it, she is getting. Good on you for picking her out and giving her such a loving home.

    Posted by Gaye Coombes, 20/08/2010 11:58am (8 years ago)

  • Tess! At last, you finally have a family of your own, it seems to have been worth the long wait. Have a great life x

    Posted by Jayne Shilcof, 11/08/2010 6:50pm (8 years ago)

  • Finally !! she deserves a great home she is a great little dog :o) thanks for bringing a tear to my eyes 2 ... fantastic to see her so happy

    Posted by melissa, 10/08/2010 4:52pm (8 years ago)

  • I remember Tess, she was at ShentonPark quite a while waiting to be adopted. I was so happy when I saw how loved and spoiled this beautiful girl is today.
    You are fabulous people.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you ! X

    Posted by Jackie Varschetti, 09/08/2010 11:40pm (8 years ago)

  • Its so great to see Tess so happy and content in her new home. It makes my heart smile, and brings a tear to my eye. She was favourite and I used to spend at least an hour with her, playing , walking and giving her belly rubs, every time I came to volunteer at the refuge.

    Posted by Melanie Yarnall, 09/08/2010 10:11am (8 years ago)

  • Tess looks really happy and sooooo cute in her little coat :)

    Posted by Jodie, 08/08/2010 3:20pm (8 years ago)

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments