Ref. No: 897
Age: 5 years 10 months
Breed: Border Collie
Colour: Tri Colour
Flynn needs your support!
If you would like any further information about Flynn (previously Roy), please e-mail us at email@example.com.
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The warm-hearted people of Dumfries and Galloway responded magnificently to the plight of this sad little Border Collie last autumn. A failed farm worker, "Roy" had been brought to Glencaple for rehoming, but was diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital heart condition that required urgent surgery. He underwent heroic surgery at the newly built, state-of-the-art Small Animal Hospital at Glasgow University Vet School, and the costs were met by the public following an appeal in the local papers. An anxious time followed, as his condition was found to be even worse than originally thought, and surgery was complicated. His heart went into right-sided failure post-operatively due to a clot on the lung, but eventually he rallied. His lovely nature ensured that he won the hearts of the vets and nurses at the vet school, and staff at the rescue centre were delighted when one nurse offered to give him a home. This ensured he was in the best possible hands during his recuperation, and the cost of his ongoing scans and medications were available to his adopter at a much-reduced cost. Roy was re-named Flynn and he was guest of honour at the rescue centreís Star for Life ceremony in December 2009. Everyone was delighted to see him looking so well, although he still required ongoing medication to keep him stable. Unfortunately, his adopterís personal circumstances changed and she had to return him to the Centre shortly after. He still required daily medication and he also had separation anxiety issues,and he was initially extremely stressed about being kennelled so the Centre launched an urgent appeal for a new home.
Flynn would probably have proven difficult enough to find a suitable home for even if he had enjoyed perfect health, as he really doesnít cope well at all with being left, and we suspect he is also a little claustrophobic. But in addition he will be on medication for the foreseeable future and will need follow-up scans three times a year, and we knew that would deter all but the wealthiest potential adopters. In an ideal world, we would have loved a big-hearted, dog-loving permanent adopter to come forward, but people like that are in short supply so we faced the fact that we had to shoulder the ongoing financial responsibility. We approached one of our most loyal foster carers to ask if she would consider taking on such a difficult case as we knew that she had the right set up to enable Flynn to cope with his issues and lead as normal a life as possible. Thankfully, she agreed immediately and Flynn moved in. Over the next couple of years Flynn has settled in remarkably well. His medication has been slowly reduced to a much lower level and he now lives a fantastic life with all Dora's other dogs - including two other of our sponsor dogs, Genie and Murphy. He's still a huge character, sneaky, quick to blame another dog for his misdemeanours, first in line for any treats, and happy to elbow away any other dog for a cuddle with Dora and totally and utterly adorable! And Dora loves him! We can only continue to support dogs like this with the help of dog lovers out there.
**FLYNN IS NOW IN A PERMANENT FOSTER HOME WHERE HE IS ENJOYING LIFE TO THE FULL, AND WE NEED SPONSORS TO HELP PAY FOR HIS UPKEEP** If you would like to help support Flynn please contact the centre on 01387 770210.
If you would like to sponsor Flynn (previously Roy), please download and complete our Dog Sponsorship form by clicking on the image or link below.
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