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Dogs Trust pooch helps grieving widow conquer Mount Snowdon

A Weimaraner named Elsa came into Dogs Trust Canterbury’s Rehoming Centre in October 2012 and was adopted by Andrea Elliott. Elsa had a lot to deal with when she arrived, she had a cancerous tumour in her right ear flap and there was a possibility it had spread to her lymph nodes. It was later found she has hip dysplasia and a minor heart murmur.  However, six years on from those sad and worrying early days she is a vibrant, fit, energetic 10-year-old who has consistently overcome everything life has thrown at her.   

Andrea was tragically widowed in 2004. Her husband died in a mountaineering accident in the Maritime alps on the French Italian boarder, but one of the couple’s favourite places to climb and walk was Snowdonia National park in North Wales. It has taken 14 years for Andrea to return and stand on the summit once again but this time it was with her courageous friend; Elsa, by her side. 

Andrea said:

“Elsa is an amazing girl, she is eleven years old in February and has beaten every challenge life puts in her way. The trip to Snowdon was an epic adventure for both of us. Elsa has never even seen a mountain before or been further than her seaside home in Kent but she took it all in her stride. I can’t express how blessed I feel to have her in my life and grateful I am to Dogs Trust. Elsa proudly wore her Dogs Trust lead all the way to the summit. Without the charity’s help and support in those frightening early days I don’t where Elsa or I would be.”  

Dogs Trust Canterbury’s Rehoming Centre Manager Harriet Blaskett added:

“Elsa is an absolute warrior and just keeps going despite the medical issues that she’s had to contend with. She had a cancerous tumour removed from her ear flap by our centre vet when she was four, leaving her with one ear a third shorter, it took months to rebuild her heath and strength, but she got there.

“She’s has numerous lumps and bumps but thankfully has had the cancer all clear for over six years now.

“Andrea tells us that Elsa has also overcome her fear of water and now paddles up to her waist most days, she has had hydrotherapy for her hip, she is regularly checked by the vet but she shows no signs of slowing down – onwards and upwards Elsa! We’re delighted!” 

Andrea concluded:

“Elsa and I have healed each other over the years. We give each other strength on a daily basis.  Her ability to keep bouncing back from every situation is astounding, I have learnt to never underestimate her. Dogs Trust gave us both the opportunity to start a wonderful new life and I can’t thank them enough.”

Andrea and Elsa will be heading to France next month for the first time where their adventures will continue. 

If you would like to share life’s adventures with a Dogs Trust resident by your side, please contact the rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292.