Monty and Orla ‘Me and my shadow.’
This picture of Gareth’s granddaughter with Monty was the inspiration behind our 2017 calendar ‘Best Friends.’
We took Monty into the rescue on 1st December 2007 at one year old.
His story was not particularly remarkable, he had been bought by a couple as a puppy, the relationship had ended and so they were no longer able to keep him. Relationship breakdown is the main reason given for needing to re-home a dog as it results in loss of home, the remaining partner has to work so cannot give the dog enough time, loss of income. It is a social problem that has had a devastating effect on all dogs but SBT’s in particular.
In this case the girl was very sensible and the chap a ‘wrong un’ who she rued the day becoming involved with, she said she knew it was wrong to have bought a puppy and she wept copiously when she did the right thing in handing him in to rescue.
Her loss was Gareth and Brenda’s gain as ‘Buddy’ as he was then, was a young, handsome, pedigree with no particular issues.
Gareth had previously adopted a dog from Barbara Green from Stafford Welfare North West Rescue, but with a move to Salisbury, Barbara suggested we were a nearer rescue.
Gareth and Brenda adopted him on 28th January 2008
Gareth & Monty on our Stafford Walk last Oct
‘Monty is my fourth rescue SBT and (with due respect to the others) is an outstanding dog. Faithful and kind, peaceable and generous, he is an absolute delight and enjoys a pop-star fan-base in Salisbury where we often catch the bus at the end of our two or three mile daily walk.
He is a notable reader of moods, and situations and plays to the gallery on the Salisbury Red No 10; so when my granddaughter three-year-old Orla took him for a walk around her garden, he walked slowly alongside not tugging in the slightest. A Nanny dog indeed
If he has a fault – (and I dont count it as such) its his nose! Sniffing at each and every corner can considerably lengthen an evening walk. Except if it rains….’
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