What is a sanctuary? It’s a place of refuge, a safe peaceful haven, free from all the dangers in the world.
One day a lady posted on a Facebook group asking for help as she could no longer keep her beloved dog. The sad thing is, there were so many people with so much to say about how terrible this was. Of course she didn’t want to re-home her dog, she had her for eight years, she was a member of the family. Asking for help was her last resort.
Her relationship had broken down and she found herself with an elderly dog, a toddler, working full time, a landlord that wouldn’t allow pets and a third floor flat without an elevator. My heart went out to her. I was a single parent with two children, working full time. I didn’t have the added responsibility of an animal.
I offered to help her find a home for Fenia and soon had people asking about her. Three people and no luck, so it became plan B. Fenia came to live here and her previous owner can visit whenever she wants to.
Fenia is sixteen years old, sweet, gentle and a sun worshipper. She is in very good health for her age, she is like a puppy in the morning, slowing down throughout the day. I’m giving her supplements for her joints and her stiffness is improving. Fenia is very happy here, she has found sanctuary.
UPDATE: 7. 3. 2021
Fenia has been living it up in the big city ❤
Eamon had been asking for a while if he and Tara could foster for us. A few weeks ago he came to stay overnight to photograph stars and he fell in love with Fenia. So, last Friday, Fenia went on a holiday 🙂
A few days ago Fenia was off her food and hadn’t toileted so Eamon took her to the vet. He called me from the vet and told me that they had done an x-ray and she had an obstruction in her stomach and needed surgery. The vet in question wasn’t one that I would normally use and I’d heard a few things about them so decided to send her to a vet we use and trust.
Fenia had trapped gas! She most definately did not need surgery!
I contacted the vet in question and asked how they came to the conclusion that she needed surgery, it wasn’t written on the medical report they provided. Their answer didn’t really correspond with the information I had been given.
The moral of this story is …. always get everything in writing from the vet you visit at the time of the visit, not afterwards. This is really important. Unfortunately I can’t ‘report’ this vet as without anything in writing it is a ‘he said, she said’ situation…. with a middleman.
Fenia is an old lady and this could have had a very unhappy ending.
On a happy note, here is Fenia living the life in Prague where she is being spoilt rotten ❤ And Eamon informed me yesterday ‘A big smelly poo was delivered today at 2 25 pm weighing 1kg. Happy to confirm both mother and poo are both healthy’ 😃
UPDATE: 30. 4. 2021
F E N I A is looking for her forever foster!!
Our lovely senior 17 year old Fenia is looking for a forever foster! 💕🐾 Fenia is an absolute sweetheart. ❤️ She loves getting pets, sleeping, and her food. She is an easy-going dog that would be happy to accompany you on leisurely strolls and spend evenings snuggled up watching a film or reading a good book. 🐾 The ideal home for Fenia would be a place with not too many stairs (she has some arthritis so they’re a bit difficult for her), and with people who will give her all the love she deserves. ❤️💕🥰 Also important would be a family that is good about sending pictures and updates – her current foster family will miss her very much and would love to stay in touch! ❤️ If you are interested in making Fenia a part of your family, and are curious about what being a ‘forever foster’ entails, please reach out via email or messenger for more details.
UPDATE: 23. 5. 2021
Fenia has found another foster home and we couldn’t be happier 🐾💖🐾
Eamon and Tara have to go back to the UK and they debated for the longest time whether to take Fenia with them. After much soul searching and consideration of Fenia’s health and age they decided it might be too much for her. The journey, the transition and for a younger dog, it might have worked. But, Fenia is seventeen and they didn’t think it would be fair to her.
Fenia loves the city, Fenia loves her short walks. Fenia is one of the easiest dogs to take care of. She loves her humans, likes other dogs and she is a great friend to a cat 😻
We looked for a foster and then came the ‘light bulb’ moment. We asked Breanna and Jason who fostered Dandylion Fluffy Butt and eventually adopted her 😍 After meeting Fenia a few times, going with her to the vet, she then needed to be introduced to Dandylion, to see if they would get along.
What do you think? Are they not just the cutest pair ever? 🥰🥰🥰
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Eamon and Tara for taking such wonderful care of this sweet girl and thank you to Breanna and Jason for becoming her new fosters ❤️