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From Street Dog To A Scottish Lass. Skimmia Has Ha..

 




From street dog to a Scottish lass!

Skimmia has had quite the journey. This blonde beauty was found wondering the streets limping on her left hind leg. She was brought to Soi Dog in early 2016 for emergency care. Eight months later, this lucky girl flew to the U.K. to be with her forever family. We’ve received the loveliest update from her adopter that will surely bring happy tears to your eyes.

“My husband and I made the long journey from Central Scotland to Harwich on the 8th December 2016. We were excited about our new arrival but also anxious about the hard work ahead of us; we knew that adopting a dog was a massive responsibility and had considered the many unknown challenges we could have ahead.

We will never forget our first meeting with her. She was so happy to say hello and I believe she knew we were taking her home. Skimmia surprised us from the start. Firstly, she liked a car journey; she didn’t make a peep the whole eight-hour journey back. She toilet trained herself as soon as she arrived home, going to the door when she needed out to the garden. Also, she quickly got used to our three existent fur babies. Starsky, our male ginger cat took a shine to her quickly and to this day often cuddles up next to her. She had a special bond with her Bengal Leo who sadly passed away last February.

Skimmia is a sociable creature. She has made many doggy pals. Although she is a member of our ‘pack’ her confidence increases when surrounded by other known dogs, her playful side shining through. Skimmia has also been a registered Therapet for the past year, enjoying visits to the local nursing home where she received lots of attention, claps and the occasional dog treat; understandably Skimmia’s role has been put on hold due to COVID-19.

Fast forward almost a year later from our Super Six date and Hayden was born. In many ways Skimmia has treated him as her own pup. She has adopted a new habit of barking when someone approaches the door. As Hayden transitioned from pram to toddling when on our walks, she became his friendly bodyguard, positioning herself between him and any strangers, be it human or canine, we met on our path. Hayden will also often take the lead; I have never known another dog so gentle and calm on a lead. Hayden calls his best friend ‘mummy,’ a name that has stuck since naturally Skimmia was one of the first beings he wanted to talk to and refer to. Although his speech is at the stage where he could pronounce the word if he wanted to, he still calls her ‘mummy’ and I predict this will be the case for life.

Hayden and ‘Mummy’ have that special, indescribable bond that you only have with your first true canine companion. ‘Mummy’ has taught him to have empathy and nurtured a love for all living things. He is upset on the occasion she doesn’t join him in the backseat of the car, he is so used to her being there with him on our outings.

Hayden and ‘Mummy’ are the best decisions I have made in my life and the most precious gifts. They are soulmates and they make my family complete. I am so glad I gave a Soi Dog a forever home. I can’t describe how much Skimmia has given me and my family and hope her story will encourage others to embark on their own Soi journey.”

During this time of crisis there are more dogs like Skimmia depending on you for a better future and for a chance to experience their own #furrytailending. Adopt a rescue dog: https://links.soidog.org/give-a-rescue-a-forever-home

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Soi Dog Foundation

Soi Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organization in Thailand, the United States, Australia, the UK, France and Holland. Soi Dog helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand. Our aim is to set an example for the Asian region on how to humanely reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats through spaying and neutering, and to better the lives and living conditions of the stray dogs and feral cats of Asia.

De-sexing (Sterilization) has been proven to be the most effective way to help the animals. Soi Dog has has reached a milestone of over 39,000 dogs and cats sterilized! Totaling 39,050 dogs and cats as of June 2012. Soi Dog is made up of people like yourself, be they financial supporters, field or shelter volunteers, fundraisers etc. with a common goal of helping neglected and abused dogs & cats.

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