When little Delilah faced her final hours in the pound, her happy tail brought a staff member to tears, crying, “You can’t let her die! When she wags her tail, her whole body shakes with happiness." After making an urgent plea to a local foster carer to give this ‘fugly’ but adorably friendly pooch a second chance, Delilah was saved in the nick of time.
She was quickly listed on the PetRescue pages as Gigi, a 3-year old border collie x cattle dog, and pet-lover Kate first set eyes on her profile while browsing the PetRescue pages on a study break in Europe. Though, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight.
"I thought, my god, that's one ugly dog! I hope someone sees past that and gives her all the love she deserves. Her profile sounded so sweet.”
Weeks later, Kate returned to her home in NSW and saw that Gigi was still up for adoption, only this time there was some video footage too.
"I clicked on the video and there was this gorgeous, happy little girl smiling at the camera, attempting to jump on the camera-person, slurping her water and squiggling around. I played the video a stupid amount of times and knew I had to go and meet her."
Kate took her dog Xena to see if they would get along, and it all went incredibly well. Gigi behaved as if she’d been expecting her forever family to turn up that day and take her home.
“She was very friendly and even attempted to follow me inside when I went to sign her adoption papers. When I came out of the foster home, there she was, politely waiting to be put on her lead. She walked calmly to my car and jumped in the backseat with her sister Xena without a second’s hesitation.”
Kate named her Delilah – Lilah for short. She has two large benign tumors, is a bit short-sighted, loves eating flowers and waddles when she walks.
“She’s a chubby little villain, but she's perfect for me. I can’t bear the thought that this little character came so close to being extinguished from the world. Thank you for helping me find her!”
If reading this Happy Tail inspired you to consider adopting, we have thousands of pets waiting for their forever homes right now.
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