DoB: 24 Mar 2015
Permanent Shelter Dog Joey arrived at Arundawn from a pound in the North on the 7th of February 2016. He was born in March 2015 and for the first 9 months of his life, had a very difficult time.
Joey and his siblings were born into ‘rescue’ in Scotland. After a catastrophic start to their lives they were supposedly hand reared, separated, placed into foster homes, rehomed and in Joey’s case ended up in a pound kennels in the north of England not once, but twice all before he was 8 months old.
Sadly, by this time two of his siblings had already lost their lives as a result of the damage caused during their early months.
Joey was no exception and had also suffered badly. He had no manners, no social skills and was on the cusp of going ‘badly wrong’. He was scared of everything and didn't even know how to play with toys. We realised he would be a long-term project.
Slowly but surely Joey has turned many corners in his young life. He has become a fulltime member of the Sanctuary pack and has developed into the mainstay of the doggie hierarchy, welcoming new members and tolerating the antics of the younger dogs who are far too rambunctious for our middle aged boy.
Joey has been a fantastic example of how time and care can change a dog's life. He has matured into a calm, steady and wonderful boy who thrives in the pack environment.
In 2020 we had a bit of a scare with Joey when he contracted tetanus through a cut in his foot and we almost lost him several times during the course of treatment. It was horrific to see our gorgeous boy struggling to breathe and it took him several months to recover. We had to have his infected toe removed to properly get rid of the bacteria - so now we have to be a bit careful about how much running around he does as he does get lame on that leg.
Joey will remain a permanent resident of Arundawn and we know he is going to continue with his progress.