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A pair of puppies abandoned in an Essex park are being nursed back to health by Dogs Trust

The Mexican Hairless puppies were found earlier this week in The Wick Country Park packed into a cardboard box. But thanks to a local walker who heard their whimpering, they are now in the safe hands of the Basildon branch of the UK’s largest dog welfare charity after being brought to the centre in a supermarket shopping basket. 

When they first got a look, the team at Dogs Trust Basildon couldn’t identify the breed as it was first thought that it was matting and stress that had caused their lack of hair, but after a swift visit to the centre vet and some much–needed rehydration, the pups – nicknamed Dandelion and Burdock – were found to be Mexican Hairless dogs.

Lisa Cooper, Rehoming Centre Manager, has been overseeing Dandelion and Burdock’s care since they arrived. 

“These two are incredibly lucky to be alive as the level of dehydration was so severe, and with no shelter, they were at risk of sunburn and hypothermia. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of the member of the public and getting them to us when they did, this would be a very different story.” 

As the team have no way of knowing how long the pups were in the box, the rehoming team are looking for families who can devote a lot of time and attention in these crucial weeks to continue the TLC and security they have found with Dogs Trust.  

Lisa continues:  

“The first few weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial. Pups of this age should still be finding their paws with their littermates, getting everything they need from their Mum which we know that these two have sadly missed. But, after such a shocking start to their little lives, we are looking at the bigger picture. Our Veterinary team saw them immediately and are closely monitoring their development whilst our behaviour team are focussing on building their trust and getting them to used to life outside the box, and in the real world.” 

“Like all puppies, Dandelion and Burdock will require training. We can’t wait to welcome them back to Dogs Trust Dog School with their new owners, where we equip them with all the skills they need to settle into family life, helping them to grow into happy, well socialised dogs, and get the yappy ending they deserve.”

The charity – whose famous slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas®’ - is taking this opportunity to remind everyone that if they are ever in a situation where they can no longer care for their dog, to contact their local rehoming centre who can offer them advice and support.