We first met Bonnie back in September 2014 when we were visiting the Rainbow Rehoming centre to ask about their rehoming policy. Unfortunately at the time we were still living with family and so couldn’t rehome any of the lovely doggies, although me and my fiancé both pointed out Bonnie and said she’s the one we would take home if we could.
Later on in October we came across a rental property that allowed pets so we started searching for a dog we could rehome through all the different rescues and shelters. On facebook Rainbow Rehoming posted this picture of Bonnie and I was smitten even though at the time I didn’t realise she was the dog we had seen there a few weeks back.
We went to view Bonnie on Saturday 25th and took Dougal(mother in laws staffy) with us as they would have to get along well as they would be spending a lot of time together. When I seen her in the pen I finally realised it was the same dog we had seen from a few weeks ago! I felt so sorry for her as she looked like a little drowned rat as she was soaked and a bit thin but she was so happy to meet us. She did great on her walk and Dougal and her weren’t bothered by each other so we booked her straight away. I admit I might’ve shed a tear when we were leaving as we had to wait until the home check before we could take her.
We moved into our house on Sunday 26th just a day after booking Bonnie so we had a lot of work to do to get the house ready before she came home. It was the busiest week ever with moving, unpacking, trips to ikea, assembling furniture and buying everything we needed for Bonnie. It was very exhausting but totally worth it!
On 30th October we had a home check with a volunteer from Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary and it all went well and we passed! We took Halloween day off so we could take her home. It was so exciting and I’ll never forgot that when I bent down to put on her collar she put her front paws on my shoulders, like she was excited to be getting her own collar.
Since then on we have had lots of ups and downs together – house training, walkies, nervousness, learning lots of tricks, adventures together and some reactivity. As she was a stray we have no history of her previous life and what could’ve caused the nervousness and reactivity.
I am not a professional dog trainer by any means of the word but I am extremely motivated to learn as much as I can to help Bonnie get over any issues so she can have the best life possible. I am committed to researching positive training methods and how to use these to improve Bonnie’s confidence. She is truly part of the family now and I can’t imagine how life would be without her.