The dog I have at present, a Weimaraner, looks very different from Ben, the Jack Russell in the Richard and Maria books, but she was the inspiration behind a lot of his character traits, so maybe that’s why readers fall in love with him. She came from The Blue Cross, “too old” at eight and still full of life at almost twelve, but it took her a long time to believe she had found what The Blue Cross call her “forever home”.
The Blue Cross helps animals of all kinds from hamsters to horses, but I found them when I was looking for a dog to rehome, and I was very impressed with the care they took to make sure I had a suitable home to offer. The questions ranged from the amount of exercise I was prepared to provide to whether children lived with me or visited frequently. They also spoke to the veterinary surgeon I use regularly and asked for a reference, and there was a delay before I could collect the dog I’d chosen, and they deemed right for me and my lifestyle, until they obtained that reference. They also arrange insurance for pets of any age, and they have a number to call for advice if needed. Nothing is left to chance for the animals The Blue Cross give a second chance.
Tap the photo to find out more about The Blue Cross. Their website offers the chance to donate directly, rehome animals, get advice on your pet, or shop for Christmas gifts.
Note: The Blue Cross is a British-based animal charity, but my donations cover the world – North and South America, the Artic, and many countries in Africa – anywhere animals, and those caring for them, need help.