Website Visitor Marianne Hellon, from Cumbria in the UK, panicked when her fun loving and adventurous Boxer Dog Puppy, Parker, escaped from her garden.
As Marianne and her family frantically searched for Parker, they got news they had dreaded, that a dog had been killed nearby by a car.
Still holding on to the desperate hope that the dog involved in the accident was not their beloved Parker, sadly their worst fears were confirmed.
To add to this terrible trauma, they found that after hitting him, the callous driver had just left poor Parker on the road.
Image: Marianne’s beloved Boxer Puppy, Parker
Marianne was, as you can imagine, completely devastated by this traumatic event, and felt she would never be able to feel happy again.
As she battled to heal her broken heart, she recalled that she had recently learned that there were dog rescues that specialised in specific breeds (see the Adopt A Pet page). She found a Boxer Dog Rescue called Joey’s Legacy Boxer Rescue Liverpool, and felt that the best way to honour Parker’s memory was to help his fellow dogs that were in need, so Parker could have a lasting legacy.
This resulted in her adopting a senior Boxer Dog, called Jade.
The happiness Marianne brought to Jade by giving her a loving home, gave Marianne a reason to feel happy again. The birth of Marianne’s baby son soon after, who Jade adores, added to the family’s happiness.
Image: Marianne’s happy adopted Boxer dog Jade enjoying a lick of ice cream.
Many abandoned dogs are put to death because there are no rescue spaces for them. This is especially true of older dogs. Marianne tells of why older dogs, such as Jade, are so easy to look after, and how rewarding adopting an older dog is:
“Jade was already house trained, calm and well behaved. Because her personality is already fully formed, we know that she will always be that lovely dog.
She is very low maintenance and doesn’t need long walks. She also sleeps a lot due to her age, which is great if you have kids, as then you don’t feel guilty about not being able to constantly keep them all entertained. It is less exhausting too!
Jade is just grateful when she is shown any kind of affection, and is so happy and content with the smallest things, like having her tummy tickled! Plus she gives you twice as much love back !!
It’s really nice each day to see her quirks as she becomes more confident, content , happy and trusting that she is in her forever home. It’s also nice to know that no matter how horrible her life was before, we are able to give her a happy ending. Jade has given us so much happiness. She has not been one bit of bother and would not think twice about adopting an older dog in future. “
Image: Marianne agrees with the sentiments of the image below. She says “Knowing I have made such a difference to Jade’s life gives me a really warm feeling and has made me feel like a nicer person. It’s one of the things I am most proud of myself for and is so rewarding”.
Marianne is glad that she is also setting a good example for her baby son, and instilling good values in him, through adopting Jade:
“I want this to teach him things such as to help the less fortunate, and not to judge by looks. To some people jade may not be the prettiest of dogs, or as cute as a puppy, but to us she is beautiful.”
By adopting an abandoned dog who needed a loving home, Marianne created a rescue space at the rescue, meaning the rescue could save another innocent abandoned Boxer Dog from being put to death. (For more information, see the Pet Abandonment page of this site).
Adopting Jade is not the only way Marianne has helped animals in need since the tragic event of losing Parker. As she learned more about the plight of so many animals in need, she used her Facebook page more and more to spread the word of dogs in need of homes or rescue spaces, and of lost dogs.
In addition, she regularly has a clear out of items she feels she can do without, and donates them to auctions and sales run in aid of helping to stop animal suffering. Many of these auctions and sales can be found here. She also donates items to animal charity shops.
After making sure Jade spent the remainder of her life feeling loved and secure in their home, Marianne and her family have gone on to adopt another Boxer dog from Northern Roae Boxer Rescue. the dog, Casey, is another lucky dog to get such a loving home.
Image: Casey, another dog Marianne and her family adopted from an animal rescue.
One thing is for sure, little Parker has a lot to be proud of his Mum for.
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