Tanny found herself in our care at the age of ten. Sadly, Tanny’s previous owner became too poorly to care for her and made the heart-breaking decision to ask for help, and find a new home for her to live. Having been used to a home environment with a loving owner, Tanny found adjusting to kennel life quite difficult. The team observed how sad and vocal she was within her kennel.

As with all of our dogs, Tanny received a full health check when she arrived with us. They detected two mammary masses, requiring surgery to partially remove her mammary glands, and the vets also prescribed medication to help with pain caused by arthritis. Luckily due to being placed in a wonderful foster home, Tanny did not need to return to a kennel after her treatment, and recovered in a loving home, getting back on her paws in no time!

Tanny was a little aloof and appeared worried at first, which we linked to her pain, but she did settle once she was in a foster home and had started to bond with her foster carer, enjoying her walks and playing with toys.

Possibly due to her age and medical issues, poor Tanny didn't receive much interest from potential forever families. She did have a few Meet&Match® visits which led to a ‘Foster to Adopt’ placement. Through no fault of her own, it didn’t progress to adoption on this occasion, it just wasn’t meant to be.

However, during this foster to adopt placement, her previous foster carer couldn't shake his sadness after he had waved her off, even though he knew she had a chance at a happy home. He hadn't realized how much he would miss her, despite having fostered other dogs before her!

As fate would have it, it wasn’t long before they were reunited. This is their story...

'I was introduced to Tanny in July 2022. She became the third dog I had fostered with Jerry Green Dog Rescue. From the start, she let me know that she was not a licky, jumpy puppy-dog, but showed her feelings in a restrained way (a bit like me really!). She had me worried at first, because she wouldn't eat her food regularly and was a real master at refusing her tablets, no matter how hard I tried to disguise them.

After a couple of weeks, she started to settle into life in the village with me and then began to eat her meals more regularly; with huge help from the team at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, I got her taking her tablets too. Once she'd recovered from the two medical interventions, she started showing her playful side, with short runs around the local field and periods of jumping and pouncing around the hall after imaginary somethings. After about six weeks, a match had been made with a potential new long-term owner, so a trip to the centre was in order for the Meet&Match® process to begin. The meetings went well and a ‘Foster to Adopt’ placement was scheduled for Tanny. I was really not looking forward to saying goodbye, and it was made even worse by the fact that she had curled up on the back seat of the car and wouldn't get out. Eventually, she relented and went with her new family.

A few days later, the Jerry Green Dog Rescue team contacted me. Her ‘Foster to Adopt’ placement hadn’t led to adoption. I barely gave them a chance to finish their sentence as I said, “YES! Of course, I’ll have her back!”   I decided then that I cannot go through the parting again and have officially adopted Tanny!  I may have lost two-thirds of the couch and have a house full of dog hair, it doesn't matter. I love her, and I think she likes me too.'

Tanny is doing well in her new home. She enjoys going on long walks with her new owner and taking even longer naps on her bed. These two truly are the paw-fect match for one another, and we are so pleased it has worked out for them. Tanny hasn't needed any ongoing support from our centre, but we still love to hear how she is getting on. With her being an older girl, we longed for a retirement home for Tanny, we are thrilled that she is spoilt rotten!!

Could you help a dog like Tanny by becoming a foster carer? We are in urgent need of families to provide this life changing service! Can you provide respite for a dog either over the weekend, short term or long term? With your support we can provide a loving environment for the dogs in our care while they are in need of that extra TLC. Jerry Green Dog Rescue will support you and your foster dog by providing everything you will need throughout the dog’s stay with you. All we need is a safe environment and a big heart! Please get in touch via email at [email protected]

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