Saturday 20 January 2018

Heather Condren and Ben

Heather Condren and her rescue dog Ben
Heather Condren and her rescue dog Ben

"Ben is a Jack Russell-cross, and was found abandoned by a river in Kilkenny. The lady who adopted him nursed him back to health. However her circumstances sadly changed and she couldn't look after him. Ben was re-homed with a friend of hers, but despite lots of patience and effort it just didn't work out between Ben and the family's original dog, so they started searching for his fourth home.

I had been volunteering to walk pound dogs and leading them back into their little crates would break my heart; it just cemented my resolve to never pay for an animal. I was scrolling through Facebook one day and Ben's face popped up on AHAR's page. I was instantly smitten. He was a JRT like my family's rescue dogs Rusty, Jessie and Timmy, and he had the sweetest face, peppered with just enough white for me to know he was older.

It's incredible how much happiness he manages to bring into our day-to-day lives. He is a responsibility though. We can't just get up on a Sunday morning and head off for the whole day unless we bring him with us, or find someone to take him. But as soon as you walk in the door and you see his little eyes light up, none of that matters.

I would ask anyone looking to rescue a dog to consider a 'Golden Oldie'. They are so often overlooked in favour of cute puppies but they are most likely trained, a lot calmer and genuinely grateful for a warm lap to lay their heads. Quite often they end up in pounds through no fault of their own, and a pound is no place for a soul as faithful as a dog to spend their twilight years."

Irish Independent

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