Last updated: 28 Oct, 2020
Published on: 16 Jun, 2015
Louis finds a new family to love
Your awesome acts of kindness and donations to PetRescue help homeless pets like Louis - who end up at the pound through no fault of their own - find a new family to love.
Here’s Louis story...
Louis had a happy start in life on a rural property, and loved the family he grew up with. He got along with everyone, the kids, the cats, the dogs and even the chooks. But an unfortunate change in the family’s circumstances after a marriage break-up, meant Louis was surrendered to the local pound.
Louis was in a very remote country region of New South Wales, completely hidden from the world, with little chance of being noticed and rehomed. He would have been put on death row at the end of his holding period at the pound, but lucky Louis got picked up in the nick of time by Riverina Rescue.
They took him in and gave him the best chance of finding a new family to love. They gave him a PetRescue profile and BOOM, he caught the attention of a family many miles away on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Jennifer was searching the PetRescue website for a new companion for their rescue dog, Siena, who was suffering terribly with depression after the loss of her companion Charlie - a beautiful and much-loved 16-year-old Lab.
“I began my search by exploring the puppy option. But after finding the PetRescue website and seeing all those beautiful pleading eyes that all deserved a loving home, I decided to go ahead and adopt another rescue.
“It was important that I found a gentle natured dog for our family, especially for our son Nicholas who is disabled. And after a few weeks of searching, I found Louis (previously Billie).
“I could see from his profile picture that he was containing himself and directing his energy from his body to his gaze, which was loving and open. I could also sense his intelligence, and I immediately acted on my instinct and sent an enquiry via PetRescue. Our adoption enquiry was accepted and Louis was transported all the way down to Victoria.
“Louis arrived in a cage in the back of a van, along with several other rescue dogs on their journeys to new homes. And when the driver opened the cage and brought him across to meet us, I could see Louis was very confused. He had no idea where to go and who he was supposed to be with. His eyes seemed to be desperately searching for love.
“It was very sad to see all these dogs so clearly disorientated and anxious, but I was so moved to be with Louis and very excited that he was coming home with us to share our life.
“On his first day at our home, he watched my every move and followed me. He also barked a lot at his new surroundings. He seemed to be so excited and happily wagging his tail. ‘Oh my goodness! There’s a pig next door. Wow, there’s a huge truck going down the road! Look there are birds in the garden!’
“Thankfully, the barking didn’t last long and he settled in very quickly to life, enjoying his new home with a whole acre to run around in with his new sister.
“Siena now has a smile on her face and a wagging tail again, thanks to Louis’ playfulness and joyful outlook on life. He has taught Siena how to pick the figs from the fig tree, and each morning they run out to see if any have fallen to the ground.
“Louis is also very gentle and respectful with our disabled son Nick - and now that Nick is more aware of Louis, there is some lovely interaction between them, which is beautiful to see. For example, Louis has an endearing habit of picking up a leaf, a flower, or a stick in his mouth and presenting it to Nick and I.
“When he is very happy, he smiles. He has a definite grin and a tail that’s constantly wagging. And when he is waiting for his meal at the back door, he prances from one foot to the other. Doing a doggie dance!
“He’s brought so much joy and laughter. Thank you for bringing us together.”
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