BESS is supposed to be about 7yrs but looks older, possibly because she has had a painful haematoma on one ear and had growths in the other. She has now had all this operated on by the vet and looks very fetching in her head attire, bless her.
Her fosterer, Julie says
She is a real star. She has been pulled about with this ear op and the other one is sore too after having the growths removed, but she doesnt bat an eye. Her ears are getting better and the smell is going (thank goodness) The pus must have been in there for months. She has to wear the rotten plastic collar 24/7 as she has a crafty scratch when we take collar off to wash out and clean her ears and stitches/straws, so she cant be trusted.
She adores children and seemed fine with neighbours cat.
Notes on Bess from Sandy, her fosterer
Bess would suit an active retired person. She walks well on the lead, would probably be better with a harness, and walks to heel when checked. She would pull if allowed.
She does bark a bit when someone walks past HER window but she greets visitors as old friends and brings them a gift. She nearly wags her tail off.
Bessie loves bones and toys.
She absolutely LOVES water, river or sea, she just wants to swim.
She is good in traffic. Not fazed by low-flying helicopters (they are in Penzance) and has walked happily by the railway line when trains were going past.
She does not like small, enclosed cars and gets very anxious. She prefers estate cars or vans where she does start to relax.
Her ears are healing well and there is no smell and the hair on her ear is starting to grow again. The vet has pronounced her fit again and thought she was a lovely dog who has been badly affected by the stresses of moving. She is such a different dog now and is, hopefully, much more attractive to would-be adopters.
UPDATE FROM HER FOREVER MUM
Diana says: Attachment grows by the day. I did let her off in field, she LOVED it, full of the joys of life.
SIX MONTHS ON
Bess has now been with me for 6 months, and superficially she settled in very quickly, and on the whole has been very easy. The deeper changes have been far more subtle.
BESS HAS GONE
Sadly, Bess has gone to Rainbow Bridge. She was never an easy dog because of her dreadful past and her ongoing ailments so few people would have been prepared or able to cope with her but she was loved to bits by Diana and her young "brother"Walter and will be missed very much by them.
A huge thankyou to Diana for giving her three wonderful, happy years and helping her to find the peace she so desperately needed.
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