Christmas comes early for Gremlin and Leo

Our new oldie, Leo

It’s time to meet a very old newbie! Lelo has his history, but was sadly dumped like so many when they start to show the aging signs. French association Scooby too him under their wing and found the lad a home. Loving they may have been, but they could not cope with his “forgetting” himself or wobbly pins so left him outside.

Thank goodness for follow-up checks! Asso Scooby took the old man’s plight on again. One of our longest supporters asked if we could help. Well … it is nearly Christmas! So, our dear friend and volunteer Paul drove half the journey to collect him. We all immediately agreed that Lelo isn’t easy on the tongue so we hereby introduce you to Leo. Handsome, fragile and 14 years of age. We were a little concerned for him on his first night; the long journey had taken its toll and Leo just sat down, looking stunned. He must have been wondering where he had landed up!

But, after a few days of that famous Twilight love, Grand-père Léo is doing famously. He is very dodgy on his back pins, but pain killers are helping and mum is giving a helping hand when needed. His sight is very poor. And he loves to be loved. All the thick mud from being left to lie outside has been removed ( thank you auntie Anne), he’s eating well, and settling well, he is a real poppit xxx

Next, let’s welcome little Gremlin

Well, we didn’t go looking for this little handsome hero, but 18 months ago we did make a promise to his mum. And whilst earlier than we all thought, it is time to fulfil that promise. Meet Gremlin. DNA shows he is half French bulldog and half Yorkshire terrier. He was found one night 8 odd years ago by a lovely lady, Irene, who is a long time Twilight supporter. Time proved him without family so she adopted him. Then, years later, imagine … going to bed on four legs and waking up with only two working in the morning! The long and short, urgent surgery and scans …. the French bulldog half of him owns his back, of which three vertebrae crushed and nerve damage has left him paralysed from the belly down. He is, of course, double incontinent but three years on, now 9, his front legs and strong little shoulders serve him well. He uses drag bags, wheels and is happy when nappies are needed. A little help to toilet avoids infections, and sometimes a little help to turn those tricky corners or cope with obstacles.

Here he is, on his wheels ­– can you imagine some summer wheelie races with Roo?

Honestly, we weren’t quite ready for another paraplegic but we love him, and he is family Twilight already. Very welcome Gremlin, and thank you Irene for all you have done for him. You rescued him twice, and now you are unable to care for his needs as you would like, you have found him his new family. He is very lucky to have you – thank you xxx