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Twiggy takes a turn for the better

Twiggy the stray dog is finally on the road to recovery after riding it roughshod as a stray dog, in a heartwarming rags-to-riches story – in adoptive dog terms, that is.

Her life was turned upside down for the better after she was rescued by Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) inspector Danfred Olifant on Wednesday 1 March 2017 in Balvenie, Elsies River.

The AACL found out after they had caught her that she actually had an owner, thus she was confiscated and placed in their rehabilitation programme.

The adoption officer, Robert Scott, then took Twiggy into the programme and helped with her recovery and adoption.

According to AACL spokesperson, Maryke van Rensburg, Twiggy arrived afflicted with “the worst case of mange the AACL has ever seen” and “she was petrified of everyone”.

“She fought the AACL’s inspectors and when she was placed in our kennels she barely stepped out of her kennel and hid there. Fast forward two months later and Twiggy was on the road to recovery,” says Van Rensburg.

She explains that after heaps of patience, skin treatment, love and care, Twiggy started to blossom.

“But there still lay a long road of recovery ahead for Twiggy, and would anyone be interested in adopting a dog that looked like her?”

The AACL advertised Twiggy absolutely everywhere. Many people helped Twiggy with donations, but they couldn’t find anyone who was interested in adopting a dog that looked like her. It seemed as though this little “book” was being judged very harshly by her cover.

They then ended up advertising Twiggy in TygerBurger, but they didn’t expect anyone to respond to this ad.

To the AACL’s surprise, someone phoned in and sounded really interested in Twiggy and asked them a lot of questions about her.

A few months later (September 2017), Twiggy was in her new forever home with Alfie Schrickker and Debbie Johnson from Edgemead. “They wanted to truly make a difference in this deserving girl’s life.

“Twiggy, now called Bailey, is settled in with her new family and is super happy. Alfie and Debbie tell us that she has brought them so much joy in their lives,” says Van Rensburg.

They are continuing to treat her skin and coat issues with a combined therapy of diet, regular shampoos and Bravecto. “This is working well, but their vet has told them that certain bald patches may never recover as the follicles are too badly damaged.”

Van Rensburg says Alfie and Debbie continue to share the wonderful progress Bailey has made since her adoption. She now barks whenever anyone walks past their house. They figure she does this to protect them, as she knows she belongs with them and that this is her home now.

She also plays with a ball, they say.

When they first got her, Alfie and Debbie tried playing with her, but when they threw a ball, she ran away from it in a terrible fright. They wondered whether this was based on experience of having things thrown at her when she was on the streets. Now her ball is one of her favourite things, they say.

She is also used to structured mealtimes and knows that she is going to be fed twice a day. This means she no longer hoovers up the family cat’s food and doesn’t eat up her human gran’s dog’s food when the family is visiting in Yzerfontein.

The funny downside of this is that Bailey will now come and wake Alfie and Debbie up at 07:30 if they are not already up and then she is very vocal indeed about wanting her breakfast, the proud parents say.

“Alfie and Debbie also tell us how forever grateful they are for the hard work the AACL put into Bailey’s recovery and for nursing her back to health,” says Van Rensburg.

“They would like to encourage people to adopt – particularly the dogs like Bailey who are not a cute puppy or a recognisable breed, but who have so much more to give.”

To help the AACL assist more needy animals like Twiggy, now Bailey, please consider donating towards their worthy cause.

For more information about how you can help, contact Maryke at info@aacl-ct.co.za.

Twiggy the stray dog is finally on the road to recovery after riding it roughshod as a stray dog, in a heartwarming rags-to-riches story – in adoptive dog terms, that is.

Her life was turned upside down for the better after she was rescued by Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) inspector Danfred Olifant on Wednesday 1 March 2017 in Balvenie, Elsies River.

The AACL found out after they had caught her that she actually had an owner, thus she was confiscated and placed in their rehabilitation programme.

The adoption officer, Robert Scott, then took Twiggy into the programme and helped with her recovery and adoption.

According to AACL spokesperson, Maryke van Rensburg, Twiggy arrived afflicted with “the worst case of mange AACL has ever seen” and “she was petrified of everyone”.

“She fought AACL’s inspectors and when she was placed in our kennels she barely stepped out of her kennel and hid there. Fast forward two months later and Twiggy was on the road to recovery,” says Van Rensburg.

She explains that after heaps of patience, skin treatment, love and care, Twiggy started to blossom. “But there still lay a long road of recovery ahead for Twiggy, and would anyone be interested in adopting a dog that looked like her?

The AACL advertised Twiggy absolutely everywhere. Everyone helped Twiggy with donations, but they couldn’t find anyone who was interested in adopting a dog that looked like her. It seemed as though this little “book” was being judged very harshly by her cover.

They then ended up advertising Twiggy in TygerBurger, but they didn’t expect anyone to respond to this ad.

To the AACL’s surprise, someone phoned in and sounded really interested in Twiggy and asked them a lot of questions about her.

A few months later (September 2017), Twiggy was in her new forever home with Alfie Schrickker and Debbie Johnson from Edgemead. “They wanted to truly make a difference in this deserving girl’s life.

“Twiggy, now called Bailey, is settled in with her new family and is super happy. Alfie and Debbie tell us that she has brought them so much joy in their lives,” says Van Rensburg.

They are continuing to treat her skin and coat issues with a combined therapy of diet, regular shampoos and Bravecto. “This is working well, but their vet has told them that certain bald patches may never recover as the follicles are too badly damaged.”

Van Rensburg says Alfie and Debbie continue to share the wonderful progress Bailey has made since her adoption. She now barks whenever anyone walks past their house. They figure that she does this to protect them so she knows that she belongs with them and that this is her home now.

She also plays with a ball, they say.

When they first got her, Alfie and Debbie tried playing with her, but when they threw a ball, she ran away from it in a terrible fright. They wondered whether this was based on experience of having things thrown at her when she was on the streets. Well, now her ball is one of her favourite things, they say.

She is also used to structured mealtimes and knows that she is going to be fed twice a day.

This means she no longer hoovers up the family cat’s food and doesn’t eat up her human gran’s dog’s food when the family is visiting in Yzerfontein.

The funny downside of this is that Bailey will now come and wake Alfie and Debbie up at 07:30 if they are not already up and then she is very vocal indeed about wanting her breakfast, the proud parents say.

“Alfie and Debbie also tell us how forever grateful they are for the hard work AACL put into Bailey’s recovery and for nursing her back to health,” says Van Rensburg.

“They would like to encourage people to adopt – particularly the dogs like Bailey who are not a cute puppy or a recognisable breed, but who have so much more to give.”

To help AACL assist more needy animals like Twiggy, now Bailey, please consider donating towards their worthy cause. For more information about how you can help, contact Maryke at info@aacl-ct.co.za.

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