Thank you for producing an excellent magazine and featuring the animal shelters. Being the founder of Save-a-Pet in Port Elizabeth, I was over the moon when you published an article on the adopting of our Golden Oldies. Unfortunately, one of our human Golden Oldies, as featured in your June/July issue, passed away before she could see your story about her adoption of Tiny. Maria Coles adopted Tiny after losing her 15-year-old dog to cancer. I used to look after Tiny when she went away with her friend on holidays. He had a great time on his own “holiday” with my pack of rescue dogs. After her last holiday, Maria phoned and asked me if I would mind keeping Tiny a little longer as she was not feeling too well, which I did. Maria then phoned me after having tests at the doctors. She had cancer and asked me that if anything happened to her, could I please take on Tiny as she did not want him to go back to a shelter. Sadly, Maria was taken from us a few days later.
I have kept my word and Tiny now has a forever home with me. Maria was a wonderful, quiet lady who showered lots of affection and love on this little fellow – treats must have been in abundance as he was extremely overweight. I used to reprimand her each time she brought Tiny to his Auntie Mavis for his holidays – but she would just smile and say, “But I love him so much,” and Tiny would look up into her face with just as much love in his eyes, and his little bottom would wag the tail with gusto. “I suppose you will put him back on a diet while I am away,” were her departing words. Tiny is such a loving young man. He has lost a bit of weight and can now run around the garden with his pals and explore the bushes. He sleeps with Sandy, a X-Pomeranian, who is one of my educational dogs. We travel around Port Elizabeth educating pre-school and primary school children on how to care for pets. As Tiny loves children, I’m also considering taking him along with Sandy and Eddie. I’m sure Maria would be smiling away at his antics while waiting on that Rainbow Bridge for their reunion one day. RIP.
Mavis Smith – Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth