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Blossom tree will keep beloved Ty's memory alive

Dogs Trust West London was home to Ty the Crossbreed who captured the hearts of many during his time at the rehoming centre. Ty spent some time in kennels with the charity but despite staff’s best efforts it became clear he wasn’t really suited to home life and thrived on the routine of kennels, displaying far less stressful behaviours when in their care.

In 2009 it was decided that Ty aged six, would be an ideal candidate to become a Sponsor Dog at the centre. The Sponsor a Dog Scheme enables supporters to donate to a specific rehoming centre and have personalised updates from the resident Sponsor Dog, they are often pooches that may be harder to rehome or need extra time or care before they are able to.

Beryl Bashford lost Barney, her 17-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier in 2013 and came to the centre to kindly donate his things to the dogs in our care. Whilst here she told staff about her loss, and they suggested that volunteering with us may help with her grieving - and this is when she met Ty. Little did she realise then that she would go on to share the next four years bonding with him and providing him with time out from his kennels whilst volunteering. She was devastated when the centre lost Ty to a deterioration in health in September 2017 and decided to buy a blossom tree in his memory.

She said: 

Dogs have a way of finding people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn’t even know we had, Ty did this for me. He’ll be forever missed by his Auntie Beryl.” 

Ty’s primary canine carer was Steven MacDougall. He often came in on days off to take Ty out for adventures off-site.

He said: 

“During the last three months of Ty’s life as his health began to decline, he visited my holiday home twice where he enjoyed new experiences like paddling in the sea, walking in the nature reserve and sitting outside the beach cafe having breakfast. Thank goodness we had the chance to create unforgettable memories together. 

“West Wittering beach is where I scattered his ashes, our special place.  

“Thanks to Beryl’s kind donation there is now a place where I, and other staff can go to remember Ty and I’ll often go out to water it, and spend some time thinking fondly of our time together and what a special boy he was.” 

If you are interested in supporting Dogs Trust’s Sponsor a Dog Scheme, please click here.