Dogged determination: New owner does not give up on super staffie
Two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier; Flash came into Dogs Trust Basildon in December last year. She soon caught the attention of Ken and his wife Chris Freeman from Wickford. They had previously owned Staffies and, having just sadly lost their own Staffie six weeks earlier, they were ready to welcome another four-legged family member into their home. However, upon enquiry they found out that Flash had already been booked to another home.
Ken said: “Chris told me – don’t give up. So I didn’t. I called the centre everyday to see if the booking was still on her, and I came to the centre to check again, just in case anything had changed. I left my details with the team telling them to please let me know if Flash just might become available.”
Flash’s going-home Saturday morning soon arrived – but as if it was fate, her new owners never showed up.
Dogs Trust Basildon’s Rehoming Centre Manager Lisa Cooper said: “The moment Ken found out that Flash’s booking had dropped he headed straight to the centre to walk her and get to know her. He was over the moon that they got on so well, and it really felt that given Ken’s constant efforts, that this was meant to be Flash’s forever home – he never gave up on her.”
Stranger still, as Ken and his family were going away for Christmas and didn’t want to expect too much too soon from Flash, they collected her on 2 January. This date had personal significance for Ken as it was the date he lost his closest friend seven years previously, and he felt that Flash entering their lives on that date was a symbol of the love and companionship that he had lost.
Now renamed Suki, she enjoys going on holidays to Devon to meet up with the Freeman’s daughter and her Springer Lurcher. She also volunteers at a local gardening project with Ken, that helps disabled young people gain confidence through gardening.