Marina is a 10 year old female Cross-Breed. We are looking for a lovely retirement home for her as that is exactly what she deserves. She arrived between Christmas and New Year’s Eve at a the pound in Northern Spain. The first time we were made aware of her we had tears in our eyes. It hurts our heart each time we find out that an oldie enters the pound, as they belong to most vulnerable in the pound. But it was shocking to see in the conditions Marina was.
She was bloated and not able to support one of her hind legs. We took her out as soon as the quarantine period was over and straight away to the vet. After x-rays, blood test and all further checks which were done we found out that Marina had a recent broken leg, which wasn’t treated and therefore healed by itself in the wrong way. That’s the reason for her limp. As she doesn’t have any pain and taking into account that it would be a very complicated operation without the guarantee that she would be better after it, the vet recommended not to do it.
Her quality of life isn’t limited with the limp, it’s more an esthetic issue and not worth the risk that something goes wrong or not to have the expected success. We still can’t believe how heartless someone has to be to not only have broken her leg, but also to leave her on her own with the terrible pain she must have had and without any attention and on the other hand it’s so impressive to see how tough/strong Marina was as she went through all of this suffering by her own and without bitterness towards humans.
Since Marina is out of the pound she has been in foster and made a change of 180 degrees. The sad expression in her eyes disappeared and turned into bright eyes. Her dilapidated state belongs to the past. She not only lost weight, but also has shiny hair and loves it when her foster mum combs her fur. The handicap of her leg isn’t a barrier for to get into the car, to jump on the sofa or stand on her hint legs to ask for attention.
Despite the bad experience she must have had with people in the past Marina is a very affectionate and loving dog. She is protective, likes to be around her humans and to get cuddles. She is housetrained and also walks well on the lead. She is also obedient, knows some basic commands and loves to play with toys and balls.
Despite her age she is still full of life. She enjoys to wallow in the grass, enjoys short walks and a game with a ball or other dogs. But what she loves most is water. On her walks along the river she gets into the water and lies down like it’s the best thing in the world.
Marina is good with other dogs, but like humans she also has her preferences. She is currently living with two further dogs and with one of them she has bonded very well. With the other one she doesn’t have feeling, but that is mutual, that’s why both avoid and ignore each other.
But in general she prefers more the company and attention of humans than of other dogs, as when her foster dad is doing some work in the garden she loves to accompany him and be close to him, sitting in the grass looking what he is doing.
The point where she will need some training is her possessiveness with food and toys, as she doesn’t like that someone else gets close to her food/toys or removes it. That is maybe a result of the experiences she might have had in the past, but she is a smart girl and with patience and training she will also improve in this aspect.
The little we know about Marina’s past is enough to know that she is a real survivor who hasn’t lost her kindness and loveliness despite all what she went through. She makes the best of each situation and is grateful for it. Marina is now ready for her forever home. The home she never had.
A home who appreciates and respects her and who is committed to give Marina all the love and care that she always deserved but was refused to her. We will do our very best to find Marina this sensitive family who understands that every life matters and is happy to enrich her last memories with joyful moments.
Marina is currently in a foster environment in Spain where there are no options to test her with cats or children and therefore we are looking for a home without cats or young children. She is ready to start a brand new life and to learn that not all humans are mean.
Love, patience and commitment are the key for it and if you are the one who want to show Marina the beautiful sides of life don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Please be aware that Marina can’t be rehomed to Scotland.