When Hattie was brought to RSPCA’s Southbridge Animal Centre in August 2020 staff were told that she had behavioural problems and she would go on to spend over 500 days at the centre until a kind couple adopted her last weekend (March 13).
Hattie had done her fair share of waiting for her forever home and her long stay at the animal centre touched the hearts of so many people, including her now owners Dean and Tracey Blackmore. They had spotted a post on Facebook from the RSPCA and began visiting Hattie a couple of months after the passing of their rescue dog, Timmy.
The couple knew about Hattie’s behavioural issues but adore her nonetheless, saying that, ‘[…]despite her complexities, Hattie is a lovely dog. We really hope that we can build a trusting and loving relationship with her.’ The couple is also working with a dog behavioural expert to address Hattie’s issues and we wish them the best of luck with that endeavour.
Anybody who has adopted a young dog, especially a spaniel, will know that they’re full of energy. You have to be willing to put a lot of work into caring for them and teaching them how to behave and it seems like this lovely couple is giving it 100%, which is wonderful.
She’s settling in in Surrey and is no longer ‘London’s loneliest dog’. Hattie even has her own Instagram account and her owners have posted updates saying that she’s learning commands like ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, which brings actual tears of happiness to my eyes. We’re so happy for Hattie and her new owners. Fingers crossed it’s all plain sailing for the family now and that the future is pawfect.