We thought we’d share the happy rehoming story of one of our dogs with you. This is the story of Ruby the sprollie, who has come such a long way in her first year with her new family, as told by Kiera Lewis.
On the 30th of June 2018 our lives were forever changed for the better, as this was the day, we met our sweet Ruby for the first time.
After a lap of the entire Dogs Trust Shrewsbury centre, writing down the names of all the dogs we were interested in, we were finally heading back to the desk and that was when we saw Ruby. She had only been moved onto public view for a few minutes and had already managed to melt our hearts. We knew then and there that she was destined to be ours, and within five days she was home with us thanks to the amazing work of the Dogs Trust team.
Whilst sharing a home in Worcestershire with myself, my mother and brother, Ruby is also fortunate enough to share a home with two wonderful black and white rescue cats named Felix and Penny, whom she absolutely adores. She had never met a cat before she met Felix and Penny, and was instantly in love with them, joined at the hip. It reminded us how amazing animals truly are when given a second chance at happiness.
Ruby has faced many challenges since being with us, largely due to her ongoing issues with anxiety. When we first adopted Ruby, she was scared of her own shadow, cowering at the slightest loud noise, relentlessly barking at any strangers and other dogs. She also refused to eat even the smallest amount of food, didn’t like playing with any toys and had no confidence to go out on walks. After the tireless work of the behavioural team at Dogs Trust, we had equipped ourselves with the tools to help her overcome her troubles and anxieties; and knew it would only be a matter of time before her confidence grew. Fast forward to now, a year since her adoption, and she is comfortable enough to walk, run and play with other dogs, even off the lead. She loves her cuddly toys, and meal time is her favourite part of the day.
A typical day in the life of ruby starts with breakfast and snuggles, as there is nothing that Ruby loves more than cuddles and fuss! Ruby does tend to have her lazy moments; and enjoys nothing more than a good power nap on my bed, but when she does go out for a walk, she loves running and jumping through the long grass in a kangaroo-like manner. When you eventually get her home, she entertains herself by running up and down the garden in synchronicity with the neighbours’ dogs. Weather permitting, little miss poser is all smiles for the camera, modelling petwear on her Instagram account @rubythesprollie. Then it’s time for dinner and yet again more snuggles. Regardless, her days always end the same: with snoring on the sofa!
Thank you to Dogs Trust for allowing us to bring Ruby home with us, Kiera Lewis (and family).
If you would like to find your Ruby, you can take a look at dogs available for rehoming at www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming, then contact or visit a centre to find out more about the available dogs.