I remember the excitement when we decided to adopt a dog, that warm
feeling in my heart...

We filled in the IRR adoption form, and the process began. Not very long after
having a home check, we received an email that a dog has been matched to
our family. We got some details of him, and a picture. He looked sweet, perhaps a
little confused. The extra information stated he was quite overweight and might
have a thyroid problem. We were straight away assured that IRR would pay
for any tests and medication for George, as this was a pre existing condition.
We were a little bit worried about adopting a dog with health issues, but we went
ahead with the process anyway.

We met George at a motorway service station  (half ways between us and the
fosterers), I was surprised at how very nervous he was. The fosterers got him out
of their car, and he literally sank in to the car park surface and wouldn't move.
He was frightened. We decided the best thing to do was to get him in to our car.
George liked that idea and happily jumped in to the boot to avoid the stress of a
busy service station. The drive back was long, we attempted toilet stops
on the way, but George wouldn't come out of the car. When we finally arrived
home, it took both me and my husband to get George out. Things went better
from this point. We walked through the house into the back garden, and
George said hello to everybody. Mylo, our other dog was very excited. They made
friends very quickly, and soon became inseparable. A perfect match.

We decided to give George a few weeks of adjusting period before his first vet visit.
He required some blood tests, and a weight loss plan. It could wait. He really needed
to settle first. A few days later we had to scrap that plan, because we found
what we thought an injury on Georges tail while we were brushing him. This called
for immediate medical attention. After shaving Georges tail our vet had much
worse news than we expected: cancer. I phoned the IRR, they were so supportive,
first thing they did was set up an account with our vet, so we didn't need to worry
about any costs. Our only job was to love George.  A week after our new
companion was recovering from surgery. Unfortunately his tail had to be amputated,
but George didn't seem to be affected by the loss.

A year on, George is a happy dog. Far from the frightened overweight dog we first met.
After countless visits to the vet, we only needed to pay for routine checks and jabs.
The IRR have looked after the bills related to pre existing conditions. This is really
reassuring to know that if the cancer does come back, we have the support of this
brilliantly dedicated organisation. 

I feel lucky we chose to adopt from IRR!

2016 Irish Retriever Rescue