My Pets & Adopting a Rescue Animal

Hi guys!

I hope all you beauties have had a great day and are a lovely evening, we’re chilling out at home doing face masks and watching ‘Tremors’.

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So today I thought I’d share a little bit about my pets with you! I have two pets, a dog called Saffy and a cat called Hugo. We adopted both of them as they both really needed a home, so here is a bit about them!

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Saffy is a 12 year old Labrador, Collie cross with a bit of Lurcher (we think). We got her when she was 6 months old from a rescue in Kent; she’s not the prettiest dog so she wasn’t the most desired but she is the best dog we could have gotten. When we got her at 6 months she had already been re-homed 3 times, her previous owners claimed she was destructive (which she was for a few months, she ate our dining room tables and chairs, but hey what can you do,haha), and that she was also bad with children, which could not be less true. She is amazing with kids, she lets them pull on her ears, her tail, stroke her, poke her, scream round her and be a general annoyance to her, and she does nothing, she just sits there and wags her tail.

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Being a rescue dog she has her quirks. She has panic attack type episodes, which cause her to shake badly; we still aren’t sure what triggers these episodes as sometimes they come on without anything appearing to happen. She also has a fear of men, again, we don’t know why she has this fear, but it is something we work with; being a house of three women she hasn’t had too much exposure to men and when we do have guys in the house we make considerations for her, I personally try avoid having male friends over because her needs come first and that seems to be best for her. As well as this she has a fear of small dogs because  she was attacked by one when she was a year old; this does make us cautious when we are out and around small dogs because we are not always sure how she will react, but in the last 6 years we have not had a single problem. She seems to be getting over this fear and we are not afraid to take her out where we know other dogs will be because she calms easily and responds well to us, she isn’t an aggressive dog so just barks rather than do anything else.

However, she is a happy dog and we are so lucky to have adopted her. She is always a pleasure to have round the house, she is the sweetest dog and just likes to have everyone home and in one place, she has mastered begging for food (with some help from me, haha), and has the best ‘guilty’ look when she knows she’s done something wrong, she just wants constant affection which we gladly give her, and she can make you feel like the best person in the world when she looks at you with pure adoration, even when you don’t deserve it. She is just a delight and I am so glad she is ours; I honestly don’t know what we’d do without her!

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Hugo is the newest member of our family; we adopted him in August after my mum heard that a man she worked with was desperately looking for a home for his 6 month old cat. Hugo’s previous owner was relocating and found he was not able to bring Hugo with him; after the person who was supposed to adopt him backed out he had no one to take care of Hugo so we adopted him 5 days before his previous owner was leaving.

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Bringing Hugo into our home hasn’t been the easiest adjustment, especially since there was an initial dislike between him and Saffy, but over the last few months they have both adjusted really well and now live in a, mostly, harmonious way. He is only a year old so he is still nuts, and runs round like a mad thing but he is settling down and is now refraining from biting us when we stroke him somewhere he doesn’t like, haha. While he gets seriously hangry, he’s a pretty sweet cat most of the time, except maybe when he tries to bite Saffy’s tail or eat the goldfish, Jeff. He has been a lovely addition to our family and is a great cat, he makes our little family complete!

Adopting a pet, especially from a rescue, does require patience because all rescue animals have their quirks because of what they’ve been through. The only tips I can offer are to be patient, make allowances and considerations for some not quite so normal behaviour and just be prepared to give a lot of love and affection; this should help your pet to settle in better.

So that is a little bit about my pets! As I mentioned both are adopted rather than bought from a breeder, I really want to emphasise how brilliant it is to adopt a pet, especially from a rescue, as there are so many animals in desperate need of a home; pets are a lot of responsibility but bringing one into your home can make you feel more complete and provide amazing companionship. So if you are thinking of getting a pet, if you can I would recommend looking towards a rescue first, you may not find the pet that’s right for you, however, there’s no harm in looking, you never know who you might find waiting to make your life a better place!

So that’s today’s post done, I’d love to hear a bit about your pets! Comments and feedback welcome!

Love

Abigail

The Pineapple Tart is on Instagram: thepineappletartblog

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21 thoughts on “My Pets & Adopting a Rescue Animal

  1. The Stylish Starlet says:

    Such beautiful pets. I find is sad when they end up in rescues so I think it’s important to adopt from a rescue as you are practically saving a life. Great post, your dog is absolutely gorgeous! 😀

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  2. baddogblogblog says:

    Hey! I think you’ve just read my recent post on my animals – all rescued in one way or another! So great to hear of other people supporting adoption and giving these animals another chance in life! And it helps when they’re completely adorable!!!

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  3. fallonrachelle says:

    Lovely post. I am currently looking into getting a dog, I was going to buy originally but i’m torn on whether to adopt instead as so many need homes. I know i’ll walk into the rescue center and just want to take all the poor things home with me!

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    • The Pineapple Tart says:

      Thank you! I know the feeling! As the post says I’ve had such a successful time with adopting my pets and am so glad I could give them a second chance so it is something I definitely promote, but it is definitely a personal thing, either way you’ll be giving a dog a great home!

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