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Friday, 21 July 2017

New Additions to the FAST Family

Yesterday we bought home two new additions to the homestead in the form of 6 week old rescue puppies Astrid and Sacha who have up until now had quite a sad story to their short lives.

Rescue Puppies Astrid (left) and Sacha (right)

The vet reported the "owner" if you can call her that as she wanted them aborted, the vet refused as it was too far gone and then she was going to take them to the dog pound at a week old! The worst thing is that the rescue agency has offered to sterlilise the mother and father free of charge (it is not the first time this has happened) but the "owner" refuses!!! The mother is used as a guard dog, which in Spain generally means she is kept at an empty house with no human contact and gets fed every few days. The pups were fending for themselves and trying to feed from a malnourished mother. They had never had any interaction with people. I would certainly like to give her a piece of my mind!

Life has not been kind to these little darlings, but we will change that!


Luckily an amazing English couple stepped in and took the litter of 7 in with them and have now found homes for all but one of the other pups. We only intended to adopt one but when we went and heard the story we knew we COULD save two of them if we wanted to, and how could we say no to faces like these?
Astrid meeting her new Daddy for the first time

6 weeks old is still a little young to leave the mother but at least we can guarantee that they will lead far better lives with us. The kids are in love with them and have really become confident around them which is great as they were always wary around dogs.

Their mother is a German Shepherd and the father a Boxer dog. As you can see Astrid is most like the mother and Sacha takes after the father with their coats, colouring and face shapes. You can see from the size of their paws, particularly Astrid, that they will be large dogs when they are grown.
Sacha settling in to her new bed

They are getting used to being with their new family and settling in to their new surroundings really well. In the next few weeks I'll be starting their training and moulding them in to working dogs as they will need to live alongside our livestock on the farm. I've been researching dog psychology quite extensively and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in with their training but right now these two sleepy beauties are just coming to terms with their happily ever after, so training can wait until tomorrow

Sacha and Astrid the rescue puppies

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26 comments

  1. Aren't they gorgeous! They'll enjoy all the space and the children will love them. Have a great week.

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  2. What a sad, sad story! But, such precious little pups, and I know you guys will love them and care for them so much they will never remember their sad beginnings! They are adorable! How sweet!

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    1. We will certainly try to give them the home they deserve :)

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  3. Arh a happy ending and new beginning. All the best with the new pups.

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    1. a bright new start after a bumpy beginning :)

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  4. This story makes me very angry, the Spanish are cruel people towards animals ! Already with their bull fighting ! Each time a matador is killed I am happy ! For them an animal is a thing. Fortunately they are not all like that, but still. There is a lot of ignorance involved too, my Italian niece can't understand that I am talking too my cats !

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    1. They do seem to have a very different grasp on animal welfare in mainland Europe!

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  5. this story is so sad. But luckily they have now a home to live and kind humans to watch and feed and play with them.
    they are soooooo sweet - just wanna cuddle :)

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  6. Despite their sad start they are going to have a wonderful life with your family. I've always said kids learn so much from caring for animals especially dogs.

    Looking forward to seeing how they grow and develop :-)

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    1. The kids have really come out of their shell around them now, although Logan is a little wary of them sometimes still I'm sure he'll grow out of that

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  7. Aww, they are so cute! I am glad you saw yourself able to rescue two puppies. They'll be great to have around. Aren't they different? It always amazes me how parents can have such different offspring. And this is of course true for people, too. Enjoy the puppies. x

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    1. all of the litter seemed to be either identical to a boxer or identical to a GSD, strange that there weren't really any that looked "in between"

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  8. What an amazing thing to do. My mother lived in rural Spain and sadly it's very common that dogs are not neutered or spayed. Our holidays involved feeding any strays we could find and when we could getting them to rescues that seem to be run by British people.
    Two dogs together is a really lovely thing to observe.

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    1. We get endless amusement watching them bumble around together playfully :)

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  9. oh they are adorable...those faces, who could resist?! bless you for rescuing them! i am so happy they will be raised together in a happy home...i only wish would steal the mama away and give her the type of home and love she deserves too :(

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    1. It does sadden me to think that this time next year there might be another litter of little souls that will need saving :(

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  10. Aw, what cute little puppies! They look very happy in their new home. Such a sad story to start though. Glad your family is able to give these two a home and lots of love. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Jean, hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

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  11. Precious....I love stories with happy endings!!
    That owner of the mama dog should be horse whipped!!!!!!!

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    1. I agree and would gladly dish out the punishment myself!

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  12. aw what cuties. Good for you for giving them a home. there are bad people all over the world. That is how we came to adopt Eric from the rescue centre. Maybe someone could buy the mother dog?

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    1. How anyone could act as disgracefully as the owner of the mother and et away with it is beyond comprehension!

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  13. Good for you! When one wants a new dog it's always best to rescue one who was not wanted or was maltreated. There are so many dogs who don't have kind families in this cruel world. One week ago we went to our local animal shelter and got a THIRD dog, a beagle. Very cute and very stubborn. She will need lots of TLC and firm training since she likes to go walkabout, looking for delicious trash! She has bonded completely with our adult daughter. They sleep together every night.

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