Ava is a Miniature Schnauzer, she is five years old, or at least that’s what we have been told, by the lovely people at the Diana Brimblecombe Rescue Centre (DBARC) in Wokingham, Berkshire. No one can be quite sure of Ava’s age, as prior to her rescue from a puppy farm, Ava would not have had a name, most likely she would have been known by a number. Ava’s birthday would not have been celebrated or remembered, she was not a beloved pet, she existed purely to breed and provide an income for her owner.

Then Ava was given a second chance, at this stage I don’t know why or how, but in future blogs I hope to explore how she came to be rescued by Many Tears Animal Rescue (MTAR) in Carmarthenshire, Wales. 

We had previously adopted an ex-breeding Schnauzer called, Lilly, she came to live with us in 2015, we were told at the time Lilly was seven. Lilly had few teeth left, no muscle tone in her body and her fur was stained brown and in poor condition, it was obvious she’d had many puppies, but my what a massive personality! Lilly had been fostered prior to her adoption and the lady who fostered her warned me she was an escapologist, that turned out to be an understatement!

From the day we brought her home, Lilly became fixated on me, she followed me everywhere! If I went upstairs to the bathroom, carefully closing the stairgate behind me, suddenly the bathroom door would burst open and this cute face would appear round the door. It took me weeks to work out that she was climbing on a chair and wriggling through the banisters, I don’t believe I have ever been alone in the bathroom, since she arrived….                               

Lilly has many peculiarities which I believe are connected with her past, she flinches if she is approached from above, she shies away from walking through narrow spaces, she bolts her food so quickly even after four years, and if she is around when anyone raises their voice she immediately sits down and bows her head, as if trying to make herself small.   

However, this little dog has the biggest heart and loves everyone she meets, especially if they have treats! She loves other dogs, she loves children, she loves being in the car, in fact she loves life. 

Following the death of my first Schnauzer Ellie at the grand age of fourteen and a half, and with the positive experience of having adopted Lilly I found myself looking at the DBARC website, and there I read about the new group of rescue Schnauzers who just arrived…….

Author: Mary Reed

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