Written by Kate Alexander
I live on a farm in Blue Hills with my brother, sister-in-law and my two nephews. They have nine dogs, I have cats, and when Lynn, my sister-in-law’s sister comes to the farm, she brings her four dogs – making a total head count of 13. I am the “unofficial” dog walker and love nothing more than taking them into the fields to run and play, the more the merrier as far as I am concerned.
When I looked into her eyes, I just knew
I have to admit that, although I wholeheartedly support animal rescue centres, shelters, SPCAs, etc., my heart is just not strong enough to do what those brave people do working for these causes and seeing all the heartache that they do. I will admit to usually skipping the heartbreaking posts on Facebook because if I could rescue all of them, I would.
I have known and worked with Diane Ivings from Happy Tails in another lifetime and am so proud of the work she does; I love reading the (happy) stories on Happy Tails Facebook page. It was early December 2016 and I saw a story she’d re-posted from The 9th Day Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming Centre about a very sick, neglected little white-and-tan Greyhound called Lola. There were four pictures of her being rescued from her terrible situation and saved from death’s door.
There was one close-up photo which clearly showed her sad, soulful eyes. In that second I knew she had to come and live with us! Not being in the position to take on a dog personally, I had to talk to my family. It was a Saturday and I went up to the farmhouse to speak to my in-laws, Karen and sister. There and then, Lynn very kindly agreed to take Lola in. And the rest, as they say, is history!
Lynn Schmid shares… I have four dogs, having recently lost one of my beloved Dachshunds at the age of 15 years. Of the four dogs I have left, three are rescue children – two Greyhounds and a Toy Pomeranian. Still feeling a little heart-sore, I didn’t think I would consider getting another dog. But all that changed with lovely Lola.
When I saw her photo and the shocking state she was in, we all agreed that she needed to be loved by us all; I agreed immediately to adopt her. I visit the farm every two days to ride my horse and bring the dogs for a run. The farm is their second home and they stay with my sister whenever I go away so that they can run as much as they want with my sister’s dogs. It’s incredible to see how they all get along and accept each other, and the races are really something to behold.
I was away at the beginning of December so my sister fostered her for two weeks so that we could get her out of the kennel environment as soon as possible; she has been with me since mid-December. Lola has settled in incredibly well and loves having two homes. I think that she’s still very young as she’s incredibly playful; although all three of my dogs chase around after each other, she has found her running mate in Ivy, my black Greyhound. She is a wonderfully happy dog and has instantly become a member of the family.
A big thank you to Charmaine and The 9th Day for finding this gorgeous little girl, saving her, and bringing her into our lives. The work that The 9th Day does is beyond admirable and I would ask for friends and family to donate (any amount) to their cause to allow them to continue the amazing work they do – and saving dogs like Lola. And a big thank you to Diane and Happy Tails for the work you do; if it wasn’t for you, we would not have found our lovely Lola.
Charmaine Booysens of The 9th Day Rescue Centre adds… Thanks to Diane of Happy Tails for sharing Lola’s post on her Facebook page, and many thanks to Lynn Schmid and her family for taking in Lola and giving her a loving home.
Lola is now living in the lap of luxury, has picked up weight and is in very good health. We couldn’t have wished for a better home for her.