A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas

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Have you always wanted a puppy for Christmas?

Many of us have dreamed of finding a puppy under our Christmas tree. But in the frenzied excitement of Christmas, it can be easy to ignore the fact that a dog is not just a present to be unwrapped on Christmas morning.

A dog is a lifelong commitment. We all get excited about the idea of having a fluffy, cuddly pet. But dogs require a high level of commitment to be cared for and cherished throughout their lives. On the good days, and the bad. Not just Christmas day.

Golden Cocker Spaniel sat on grass wearing a purple collar

This Christmas we are sharing Violet’s story. Shining a spotlight on the importance of responsible pet ownership, and the key message that a dog is not a discarded Christmas present that can be simply thrown away when you are bored of playing with.

A Discarded Dog

A few months ago on a quiet, semi-rural lane, a distressed young Cocker Spaniel was found. Heavily pregnant, struggling to breathe, and shockingly emaciated with an obvious infection. Violet was abandoned and left to suffer. Her fate hung in the balance until a passerby intervened. Without this compassionate individual, her story might have taken a tragically different turn.

This young Cocker Spaniel, later named Violet, was found collapsed and on the brink of death. The kind passerby, acted swiftly and brought her to a vet where the extent of her suffering became painfully clear. In severe distress, Violet was struggling with labour, and it was discovered that all her puppies had sadly died, with one stuck in her birth canal. A foul-smelling infection had taken hold, and she was emaciated beyond belief.

Life Saving Surgery

The veterinary team, in collaboration with the RSPCA Essex South, Southend and District Branch, embarked on a mission to save Violet. Rushed into surgery, the odds were stacked against her. With the deceased puppy removed and intensive care provided, Violet defied the grim prognosis. Though her recovery was bumpy, she was provided rehabilitation in a foster home.

Violet's physical trauma and suffering were extensive, yet her forgiving nature endures. Despite being abandoned in a strange place, desperately needing medical help, she still trusts in the goodness of people.

Happy Cocker Spaniel wagging tail

A Lifeline

It's disheartening to learn that Violet was not microchipped, leaving no trail to those responsible for her trauma. The cost-of-living crisis may strain pet owners' finances, but the plea is clear: if you're struggling, reach out for help. The RSPCA is there to ensure no pet endures needless suffering like Violet did.

As a small, independent, and self-funded charity, the RSPCA Essex South, Southend and District Branch faces challenges amid increased costs and decreased income. The generosity of the public becomes the lifeline for animals like Violet, enabling them to continue their vital rescue work in the local community.

A Loving Home

In a heartwarming twist, Violet, now renamed Orla, has found her forever home. The family's update paints a picture of pure joy and love. Orla, alongside her newfound companion Pippa, races through beaches and streams, cherishing every moment. She has gained weight, loves cuddles, and has truly become a cherished member of her new family.

The story of Violet, now Orla, is a testament to the resilience and forgiving nature of dogs. It serves as a poignant reminder that a dog is not just a Christmas present; they are a lifelong commitment that, when honoured, can lead to a happily-ever-after for both pet and owner.

Together let's #CancelOutCruelty this Christmas and ensure that every dog finds a loving home, not just for a moment, but for a lifetime.

To find out more about the incredible work of the RSPCA Essex South, Southend and District Branch, visit their website here.


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