…sorry it’s me again. A little update.
A wedding in the US… a honeymoon in Mexico (where I found a baby turtle stuck upside down in the sand and helped it to the sea whilst being drunk on Pina Colada) …and then a hard, cold bump back to England: my year of helping animals already seems a long way off.
I have, inevitably, retreated somewhat into comfort: hot showers, coffee and reading books that are about anything other than animals.
But a few days ago Mango finally arrived to remind me of what it was all about.
After a grueling 26 hour journey from Manila she appeared at Heathrow shrunken and scared and still wearing a sun-starched, filippino collar and a hang dog look on her face that provoked a deep feeling of guilt. I had put her through this ordeal. I could touch her but only just. What was I expecting? That she woudl come bounding up to me waving a union jack and crying ‘daddy’?
She had grown up – what must she be now, 11 months? – but she still had the same dark eyes and gentle expression that I found in the corner of that street where I first met her.
The point, I reminded myself as I struggled to make a physical connection with her, picking her up awkwardly onto my lap, was that she might by now not be alive. Not that there was much meat on her bones anyway…she would hardly make a meal like this.
As you probably know it has always been an understanding on this year that I would not bring any animals back to our home. We have two dogs already and although I had harboured hopes that Mango would be a third I find it hard enough to control a coffee in my hand when Bug and Moose are pulling at the other let alone a rescue dog.
For a number of weeks I have been in touch with AllDogsMatter and we have found a wonderful new home for Mango just outside London, with large, beautiful grounds and another very gentle dog. Oliver and Gitte are deeply committed to animal rescue charities and Oliver works at home meaning they can give Mango the quality care she needs – it really could not be better. I’m deeply grateful to Ira and Peter at AllDogsMatter for helping on this.
And so, from Manila out onto the M25 on a cold winter’s evening.
I took Mango straight to her new home, glad that I hadn’t been able to foster her. She was in no state to be accosted by Moose and Bug only to be moved again a few days later.
Oliver and Gitte have had mango for a few days now and they are perfect with her. They have given her patience, kindness and great chew treats and Mango seems farm more settled and confident. Oliver updates me regularly with photos and news and I will hopefully visit very soon to give you an update. I’m really very happy Mango has found two such wonderful people.
To all those of you who supported her on this journey I am deeply grateful.
I will keep you posted.