Gypsy and Hagrid- Adopted by Mike and Dawn
Gypsy AKA Pandora came into our pack on the 17th May 2014; she was a big girl even then at about five months of age, we had already adopted Blue a Boxer Staffie cross and Sparky a retriever Bearded collie cross the previous July, after the sudden and devastating loss of our wolfhound, Beardie, GS cross ‘Merlin’, who had been with me all his life from helping his mum to give birth to him and his sister ‘Anamcara’. For the 16 years that Merlin was alive, he spent every day and night at my side and the unconditional love we shared was mutual. One of our Daughters made the road trip with me to pick Gypsy up from foster, and as soon as I met her, I knew that she would be staying in Lincolnshire for the rest of her life. On the way home, her name changed from Pandora to Gypsy and two hours later we pulled into our village and she not only knew her name but answered to it when called. Gypsy is a beautiful dog; she has grown into a very large dog and is as smart as they come.
In October 2014 our beautiful old lady Anamcara crossed the Rainbow bridge at the grand old age of 17; like Merlin, she had been with me all of her life, from birth, she had a lot of challenges in her long life and it had been touch and go a few times, but she was tenacious and always fought back from the very edge, her last fight was just one too many for her.
We decided to wait for that one dog to come and claim us to make our pack back up to four again, Mike kept an eye on ‘Hounds First’ and other rescues, then one day Rachel said ‘if you weren’t set on having another female, I think ‘Hagrid’ would be the one for you’ she sent us the details and then the picture, I felt my heart flutter and this time my Brother made the journey south with me to meet Hagrid in his foster home on 14th January 2015. We were taken out to the back garden and three dogs came charging up to say hello, the biggest, long legged one was Hagrid, my fluttering heart, melted; I got a huge lump in my throat and fell in love. Putting Hagrid into the back of my car, his Foster mum found it hard to let go, Hagrid was attached to her too and I had a moments doubt, because he sat up and watched her go through window, it tugged at me knowing that he would be feeling unsure. As soon as we got home, he met Gypsy, Blue and Sparky, he spent the first night on the sofa in the studio, and since then, Hagrid has slept on my bed alongside Blue. Hagrid and Gypsy love playing bitey facey and whizzing round the garden, long walks are a must, and together they make a very impressive sight.