Puppy dumped in a field close to death spends first Christmas in new home

A tiny puppy that was found dumped in a field close to death will be enjoying his first Christmas with his forever family after defying the odds. 

Ronnie, as he is now called, was just five weeks old, weighed less than a kilogramme, had worms and was suffering from a skin disease when he was found in March this year abandoned in a field in a cardboard box in Castleford, West Yorkshire, without food, water or even a blanket to protect him from the elements. 

For several weeks staff at Dogs Trust Leeds nursed the tiny pup back to health until he was ready to find his forever home and in April he was adopted by Grahame and Alison Steele from Leeds who say they can’t imagine life without him. 

Alison says: 

“We read in the press about what he had been through and we were heartbroken for him. 

“We had been looking for a friend for our Jack Russell, Reggie, so we contacted Dogs Trust and went along to meet Ronnie. We fell in love with him immediately. He was so cute and he’d been through so much, our hearts went out to him. 

“We spent some time with him and then the following day we introduced him to Reggie. They got on brilliantly and we were able to take him home a few days later and it has been wonderful.” 

Grahame says Ronnie is cheeky, loves his food, can often be found running around with dirty socks in his mouth and has become a happy, healthy and confident dog as he has followed in the paw prints of Reggie who he constantly plays with, and also snuggles up with when it’s time for a nap. 

Grahame says: 

“He entertains us every day. It has been lovely watching him grow and change from a puppy into a young dog. He is so happy, and that makes us happy. He and Reggie are inseparable and wherever Reggie goes, Ronnie isn’t far behind.   

“We’re so excited about being able to give them both the best Christmas ever. We know it will be lots of fun as every day is with Ronnie and they will both be spoilt! If anyone is considering welcoming a dog into their life in the new year we would really encourage them to give a rescue dog a second chance.” 

Amanda Sands, Dogs Trust Leeds Manager, said: 

“When Ronnie first arrived it was so shocking. He was in such a state and he couldn’t even be cuddled because his skin was too sensitive. To see him now is just fantastic and to know he is as happy as can be in his new home is wonderful. 

“Seeing our dogs go to their new homes is why we do the job we do, and we are all delighted for Ronnie. We are currently looking after more than 40 dogs who are ready to head off to their forever homes and we really hope they’ll all be with their special someone this time next year.” 

This Christmas, Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, are reminding people of that ‘A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas®’ plea to the public not to buy dogs as presents. Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/adogisforlife to watch and share Dogs Trust’s advert, and for advice on dog ownership.