❤️ Pat was one of our wonderful volunteers in Oamaru, she fostered for us for nearly 4 years. First was Pippen, Sweetie then Lucy - a Sydney Silky that was blind in one eye, whose owner could not take her into care with him.
Then there was a dear little elderly Sheltie named Macey that arrived at the pound, her owners had passed away and the family could not keep her on the farm anymore. She was needing some TLC. Pat took her into care, Janette went around to groom her, and soon Macey was looking and feeling the love again. So much so that Pat couldn't part with her and adopted Macey. Macey enjoyed 2 years of blessed retirement, love, walks, great care and companionship until very sadly her age caught up with her.
Pat's experience and practical skills were a big peace of mind for me, knowing that the dogs were in excellent caring hands. Another special dog that was fostered by Pat was Benji, the blind Collie from the Timaru Pound, a very gentle soul. We all had a trip to Dunedin together to see the eye specialist, but surgery was not an option. Pat had to rearrange her lounge to accommodate Benji's sleeping arrangements (so there was less "bumping around" in the night), and easy access to the toilet. He gained 5kgs in Pat's care, and got a really happy glow about him:
https://youtu.be/cYNb9TATmsY (love this one!)
He was adopted to a lovely lady on a lifestyle block in Swannanoa. Rosie the Dachshund was also special to Pat, she found her hard to say goodbye to, but what a wonderful life she is having over in Central Otago, we enjoyed the updated photos of her adventures.
The last wee dog that Pat fostered for us was Millie, a very cute, tiny 3kg, full on ball of fluff from the Timaru Pound. My Mum took over foster care for Millie last year when Pat become unwell.
We are very sad that Pat passed away this week. Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and loved ones at this very sad time, our thoughts are with you all. ❤️
Pat is very missed here at Pound Paws, I enjoyed our chats and laughs about the dogs and the challenges, and successes that they all came with. Her time fostering with us was invaluable and very much appreciated. 🌟🐾