Spirit (Erin) – adopted 19/3/2020
We first came across 8 Below when working as volunteers for a GSD rescue. We were working with Bruce, a Husky/GSD and a long-term kennel dog with a few issues. The husky breed was new to us and we wanted to find out more about Bruce’s husky side to know how best to work with him.
Finding 8 Below was invaluable for help and, although Bruce wasn’t an 8 Below dog, the rescue team were indirectly involved in him finding his forever home – with us. Being in North Norfolk we’re not close enough to give hands on help with the 8 Below team but we have supported the rescue from afar ever since, donating/fundraising when we can and carrying out the odd home check if one has come up in our area. Fast forward 7 years and we sadly lost Bruce after a 2 ½ year battle with Degenerative Myelopathy. We knew we would rescue again as we’ve always had more than 1 dog (all rescues) and our remaining boy, Hugo, was lonely but, we didn’t expect it to happen quite so quickly.
2 days after we lost Bruce, I called to our vets to pick up his ashes. When I got home, I placed his casket on the table, made a cup of tea, sat down & fired up my laptop to do some work but first off, a quick check on FB to give me a minute to ‘collect’ myself. As my newsfeed came up the first item was a picture Jade had posted of Erin after visiting the groomers. Her big brown eyes stared out of her white face at me and I felt there & then that she was our dog. Even her name, the same as our niece, was screaming at me to home her, but it was way too soon. After throwing it backwards & forwards in my mind for a day I messaged Jade to find out a bit more about her and, more importantly if she would get on with our remaining boy Hugo – a huge, slightly loopy, GSD/Galgo. Part of me was hoping Jade would say no, end of turmoil, but she felt a big brother was just what Erin needed. After long chats and a few days, Ants & I decided Erin was coming home.