Anya is a 3 year old female Brittany Spaniel cross Pointer. This poor little dog had been waiting a long time at a pound in southern Spain and was next in line to be put to sleep when we were asked if we could help her. A very kind German girl offered to pay for her to stay in kennels until she finds a home. She went to a shelter in Seville in March 19 and was utterly terrified of people (we dread to think what she’s been through in her 3 years of life). She’s been there for a few months and has been having treatment for Leishmaniasis which we caught early and it’s not damaged her internal organs.
She’s still a very scared thing but is getting braver, now after a couple of weeks with Conchi she is wagging her tail when they arrive and happy to eat from their hands and lick their fingers. She’s fine with other dogs although not yet confident enough to play with them. She needs a very special, kind adopter, willing to show her that the world is no longer a scary place. It is incredibly rewarding working with these scared dogs, progress comes in little steps but it is so heartwarming to watch them learn to relax and trust.
She can travel to the UK when her Leishmaniasis has stabilised (her next Leish antibody test will be done in early October) and she will need treatment with Allopurinol which is readily available in the UK and is not expensive. She will need antibody tests every 6 months initially and then dropping down to annually (they cost between £90 and £150 depending on the vet).
In the highly unlikely event she were to have another flareup (none of the dogs we’ve rehomed after receiving treatment for Leish in Spain have ever had another flareup) we will work with our Spanish expert vet and her adopter’s UK vet to provide guidance on the treatment she needs.