The following poem serves as a thought-provoking reminder that many rescue dogs may need to decompress and 'unpack' their past experiences.
Written from a dog's viewpoint, the poem reinforces that rescue dogs need time, patience and an owner who refuses to give up on them.
Love, understanding and persistence reaps rich rewards for both dog and owner.
A massive "thank you" to all of our adopters. We hope that you enjoy reading some of their testimonies below.
My Ozzie, found in a bin at 2 days old. Rescued and loved by Sue's friend, Tracey.
The first time I saw him I just knew he was the one for me. The happiest little dog I've ever met and we love him so much .
Kissie & JJ
I first saw a photo of Ruby on Sue Deeth's Facebook page on 2nd August 2020, after she had been found in a cave with her five babies. A lovely tourist and his family realised she needed help and she led them to her pups. I fell in love with her picture and made enquiries about her and went through the adoption process, which was very straightforward. I named her after one of her rescuers. I had to wait for her pups to be weaned before she could travel. I was kept up-to-date with her wellbeing and my best friend, who lives on Zante, visited Sue and had cuddles with Ruby before she eventually arrived in the UK on 4th October. She was so friendly and loving as soon as I met her. Initially, she was a little apprehensive with strangers, not keen on traffic or loud noises. She walked with her tail between her legs but looked to me for support. She's been with me 5 months and really is an amazing little dog. I love seeing her run happy and free on the beach. She has the best life. We are aware that all her pups are in the UK and I keep in regular contact with two owners. It's so nice to know they are well and perhaps one day we can meet up. Healing Paws and Sue Deeth are the most caring people I have ever had cause to have contact with.
Shep, Deyja & Kali
We got Chloe (Caz) last July after a long wait due to lock down! She is a wonderful pet, very loving, and very intelligent too! She was 10 months old by then! Settled well and my 2 older dogs like her, they let her use them as a pillow! She is funny too! Healing Paws were very good and kept me informed and sent videos while we waited for her! Here are some recent pics!
We adopted Bella as an adult dog in 2019. We’d never had a dog before and decided we’d like to adopt a rescue. Healing Paws were the only charity that would actively engage with me - they felt like family from the word go and they really are. We had so many questions and they were happy to give me hours of their time, either by phone or email, answering everything and giving reassurance. It felt a bit mad to get a dog we’d never seen or met but we felt like we knew Bella before we met her through all the correspondence. Healing Paws matched us to Bella and she’s absolutely the right dog for us. She has enriched our lives so much. She has been an absolute star from the moment we collected her - good with other dogs, strangers, happy to be left, gets on with our cats, and not fazed by anything, although she hates the window cleaner! We have had no problems at all, just lots of joy. Training has been the hardest thing as she’s a little older, but we’re getting there slowly and I don’t think I’m the best dog trainer in the world! We’re so lucky to have this beautiful, gentle soul in our lives. The Facebook group for Healing Paws adopters has also helped me loads over the last year; just seeing people’s posts has got me through some difficult personal times. When you adopt from Healing Paws you gain a whole new family.
Farrow (formerly Red) was adopted in December 2019 as a 4-month-old pup. From the moment she arrived in Glasgow she had so much love to give! Lots of cuddles and kisses right from the get-go! Also, from the very second she saw her sister, Penny (a cat), she was obsessed with her. She loves her so much! Initially, however, she was very nervous and cautious on walks, but after a couple of weeks she was strutting about the streets, full of confidence! She is SO intelligent and was the star pupil in her puppy classes. More often that not we are stopped and asked about what breed she is, as she is so beautiful, and we always send people Healing Paws’ way, as all the dogs are so gorgeous! Farrow is absolutely hilarious, so fast, energetic, well behaved, happy and cuddly. We are SO grateful to everyone at Healing Paws for bringing our dream dog into our world; she is our world now, and we wouldn’t have her any other way!
Archie & Alfie
We adopted our little man from Healing Paws in October 2018. He is so cuddly and so friendly. We love him so much and would 100% adopt again. The process of adopting was so easy and so organized. He settled straight away and we have never had a problem with him. He fits into our family and couldn’t be more happy!
What would we do without our little girl, Purdie? She has kept us in order over the last 3 years and loves life to the full. She has a bed upstairs, downstairs, half the settee and sleeps on our bed occasionally (not spoilt.....!) She will soon be joined by a little Greekie sister so me and the wife will slip down the pecking order. We wouldn't have it any other way. God bless you Sue and the amazing staff at Healing Paws for all you do. I would highly recommend anyone thinking of getting a pet to get in contact with you first. Looking forward to our new addition like expectant parents.....xxxxxx
We adopted our gorgeous big boy, Apollo, back in November 2019. Originally, we had no intentions of adopting a dog from abroad, but somehow we ended up finding Healing Paws and falling in love with his photo and description.
Not meeting your dog before is nerve wracking but Sue, Tracey and the team work so hard to make the adoption process thorough and smooth.
We can't imagine our life without our silly goofball now. Apollo has stolen so many hearts and has made a huge impact on our lives.
We are so grateful to Healing Paws for everything. Please support them and their lovely dogs and cats!