Thomas gets rescued by unlikely new family

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 2 November 2010 | 3 Comments

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Well, it was on 26th October in 2003 that we adopted our Thomas from Shenton Park.

Thomas

My beautiful, intelligent, soft-natured German Shepherd cross Walker, (also a rescued dog), had died of cancer in June of that year. I missed him so much and knew I just had to find another dog - not to replace him which I certainly couldn't, but to have another special dog in our lives. I was determined to give a home to another needy and homeless dog.

I had visited Shenton Park on a couple of occasions and the right dog just wasn't there for me. As always with situations "that are meant to be"  - what started out to be a shopping day, ended up at Shenton Park.

As we wandered around those beautiful dogs pleading for you to take them, we came across this little dog who was just lying on the floor of the cage at the gate and wiping his little paw under the gate.  He was cute and nothing like I thought I was looking for - but decided to take him for a little "test run" out in one of the yards.  The name on the gate said "Thomas" and he was 8 months old.  The sign said he was a Maltese X - but he was quite big for a Maltese.

Thomas

Anyway, we went out into the yard and Thomas just ran around like a 'crazy' and when I called "Thomas" he just didn't respond!!  After having such an intelligent German Shepherd, I didn't think I wanted a "dizzy" dog.  (This of course was because I didn't realise that he didn't know his name was Thomas!)

I was thinking about not taking him and my husband was so concerned.  "You're not going to leave him here are you?"

Well, thank goodness - we didn't leave him there.  He has been in our family seven years on the 26th October.  He did need a little training at first.  He hadn't had much experience on being on a lead.  I don't think he had been in a car too many times as he was so scared of the passing traffic when we were driving along. I doubt he had been inside a house and I doubt very much that he had ever been for a walk.

But ... the day he came home with us was his luckiest day.  His new basket came into our bedroom.  (Probably not what others would recommend however ...).  He goes for a walk every day.  He goes to our holiday house where he swims and goes on the boat.  He is a major part of our family.  Thomas has the most gentle nature and doesn't have a mean hair on his body.  He does have a few "idosyncrasies" which could have come from who knows where or what - but he has brought so much happiness to our lives.

He is not "Walker" our German Shepherd - as I didn't try to replace Walker.  He is "Thomas" and he is part of our family.

Lee Hunt


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  • this is a great story... sorry for the lost of your germab shepard,,, this little dog is so cute and thanks for looking after him.

    Posted by angela, 10/11/2010 6:12pm (7 years ago)

  • Such a beautiful story. We lost both our dogs within six months of eachother and I still feel the loss very much. I love that Thomas helped you! It was clearly 'meant to be'!

    Posted by Sharron, 05/11/2010 8:12pm (7 years ago)

  • This is such a lovely story, thanks for sharing it.
    Thomas is a lucky boy and is so very spoilt in having a family like you.
    If only other families would realize the joy of having a dog in their family and get to Shenton Park and adopt one of these beautiful animals.
    There are so many waiting!

    Posted by Leah, 04/11/2010 9:04pm (7 years ago)

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