Yesterday (Sunday 9th July 2017), was the day of Saving Yorkshire’s Dogs (SYD) charity Summer dog show. I took a stand at the show and also sponsored one of the show classes: Best Vintage class for dogs over 14 years of age. I thought it appropriate from the ‘antique and vintage’ point of view, but also because whenever I visit a rescue centre I always have a soft spot for the older animals, who generally get over-looked.
The Best Vintage class was won by little Lill, who is 22 years old and owned by John and Tina. It was a pleasure to meet John, andTina, and an honour to meet Lill, who held her own amongst the youngsters she encountered at the show.
This is Lill’s story as told by John himself:
Lill was found by myself on an industrial estate. I asked about her and was told some of the office staff fed her, but at the weekend no one was there. She was very thin with obvious injuries from a beating, but no one could get near her. I called Tina, my wife, and decided to attempt a rescue. After about 30 minutes and my beef sandwiches, I used all my knowledge to get within touching distance. By that time Tina had arrived with a lead, blankets and more treats. We quickly managed to get a lead on her and we got her to the vets. He assessed her to be 5-6 years old, infested with fleas and worms, and had had several broken bones in the past none of which had been cared for (probably pitbull bait). We got her home and until the infestations had been treated we made a warm and comfortable den in our shed. Our own two dogs Alex and Molly accepted her so instead of going to the rescue centre she stayed and after a couple of days we welcomed her into our house, and the rest is a very happy and eventful history. Hopefully she still has time for more.
After that happy ending, a grand day was had by all, thank you to all at SYD for organising the show, I hope plenty was raised for this deserving charity. Here is a picture of my stand at the dog show, with Tallulah (van), the Duck and my dad holding the fort. A big thank you to everyone who popped by the stand to say hello, I look forward to seeing you at the shop. 🙂