If you think Acer looks like she might have been crying softly, you are not wrong.
Behind those tear stained eyes is a story. We don't know what it is. And Acer can't tell us. But without a doubt she has had her heart broken.
Acer hadn't seen the vets when we got her out for her pictures yesterday, she is obviously totally bewildered at her change of circumstances, she looks like she has recently had puppies, she is very 'lean', and she seems to be carrying an injury on her hind leg. She will have been seen the vets this morning and hopefully she will be feeling a lot more comfortable very very soon.
We didn't ask for her paw, but as she gazed into our faces, she held it out beseechingly, as if to say... 'please don't hurt me, I promise to be good'
Don't worry Acer, you're in good hands now sweetheart. No more being used to churn out puppies for you darling girl, every dog has it's day, your new life starts here
We gave Acer some toys to play with, it all seemed a bit 'novel' to her, and although she was grateful they didn't really seem to hold her interest for very long.
If Acer's owners don't come forward for her, she will be available for rehoming from 24th March. The staff will take applications on her immediately however, and if you would like more information on her please phone the Dogs' Home: 029 2071 1243 or visit Cardiff Dogs' Home, Westpoint Industrial Estate, Penarth Road, open 7 days a week, 10.30 - 4pm.
For more information about the rehoming process at Cardiff Dogs Home, please click on the link below:
We popped down to the Home on Saturday morning for some walkies, and in an effort to not just walk the same dogs as usual, we thought we'd try Acer. The member of staff who got her for us filled us in on her history and needs. He warned us that she might not want to go on a walk away from the Home, but that even if she did it couldn't be any further than the end of the lane due to her legs. Acer was quite shy when she came out to us and was obviously reluctant to leave the people she'd grown to trust, but we managed to get her halfway down the lane and go to the toilet before she decided she wanted to go back. Despite being understandably shy of new people seemingly taking her away from where she felt safest, Acer was a complete sweetheart on our short walk. She was gentle and incredibly sweet. I didn't have time to get any photos that would do her justice, but hopefully we'll get some more on here soon enough. It's definitely worthwhile asking if you can take her for a quick walk when you go down. It won't take much time at all, so you can still walk the dogs you would usually, and it would do so much to help her regain her confidence. Fingers crossed this lady gets the help she needs for her legs and can find herself a new, permanent, and loving home.
We took Acer out on Thursday morning while it was still nice and quiet. While she's still not able to go past the lane due to her legs, and she's not willing to stray too far from her safe place at the moment, we managed to take her for at least ten minutes just wandering around the Home and down to the water. She's improved so much in confidence even since the last time we took her out for a few minutes. She's a sweet and gentle girl, and with a little time and lots of love, I know she'll be the perfect new addition to a lucky family.
Please consider taking her for a quick walk when you're down for normal walkies. Meeting new people is really going to help her so much!
We took Acer out on Thursday morning for another quick walk around the Home. We managed to take her nearly half way down the drive into the Home before she got anxious and wanted to turn back, but rather than cut the walk short we just looped her around back into the carpark and down to the water, then up and out again. She's a lovely walker when she feels safe, and really enjoys having a nice sniff down by the water.
You might not be able to take her very far or for very long, but every walk and every new person is really going to help Acer regain her confidence and make it easier for her to be rehomed once her legs are sorted. A beautiful and sweet lady who just needs a lot of love.
She's got such a pretty face. She looks all dolled up with her eyeliner on! She came out of the kennels and instantly wanted to run back in bless her ( I managed to take her around the yard for just a short time before she wanted to go back. The dogs normally bolt off down the lane and it's sad to see such opposite behaviour from this lovely girl. Hopefully she'll get more confident as she has so many amazing people around to help x
Our second walk of the day yesterday and Acer's first, and it's just wonderful to see how much more confident she is even just leaving the kennels. She came out to us tail wagging and snorting away and we didn't even need to try and coax her towards the lane - she was happy to lead us! My sister was visiting from London and Acer gave her some happy sniffs, which was lovely to see considering how shy she can be of new people. We made it nearly to the end of the lane, the furthest we've ever gone, before she started getting a little unsure and wanted to head back. We planned to do a loop of the Home, down to the water and back to the lane, as we usually do but this time someone was waiting to see her!
While the staff changed her lead over we had a nice chat with the couple who were looking to adopt her. They'd obviously been to see her before as Acer was very happy to see the woman, and they headed off back down the lane as we waited for Red to come out for our last walk of the day. We're aware that Red can be a bit barky around certain dogs and we didn't want her to make Acer nervous, so we had a little jog past them so we were up ahead. I think a combination of a dog in front to follow and people she trusted helped Acer wonderfully, and last I saw them they were right down the end of the lane!
I know Acer has a way to go yet with her surgery and regaining her confidence, but just knowing that someone is interested in rehoming her made us so happy. Fingers and toes crossed!
Regular visitors to Cardiff Dogs Home will know that Acer is a little poorly at the moment. Xrays on her back legs showed massive damage to both cruciate ligaments, and the Council asked us to fund her surgeries, which will amount to £2000.
Acer has TPLO surgery last week, and is spending her recovery time as 'Office Dog'. We are extremely grateful to Zooplus, who provided Acer with a large crate and a fabulous orthopedic bed to help keep her comfortable during her recovery. Once her leg as healed, which will take approximately 8 weeks, Acer has to go through it all over again on her other leg
She is being wonderfully brave, but can't hide her sadness as she would dearly love a home of her own.
Poor little Acer. I miss taking her for those quick walks around the Home, but hopefully after her surgeries and some rest she'll be able to stretch her legs and go for some nice scenic walkies. Especially with a new family! I did spot her through the office window the other day and she gave a little woof - a 'hello' or 'what are you doing at my window?' - but either way I was just happy to see her looking a little more confident than when I first met her.
Very late with these photos - apologies! They're also not the best quality
I won the luxury dog hamper in the raffle but, being without a dog, asked Susie if the Home could use the bits inside instead. Susie suggested instead that Acer be given the hamper as a treat to cheer her up, and I was lucky enough to be able to give Acer the hamper myself when I popped down for walks on my birthday - what better present than seeing Acer so happy? Thank you again, Baglady! Here's hoping Acer continues to make progress and doesn't get too bored in her office kennel.