After being abandoned in a field when she was pregnant with eight puppies, Amber has found a new home and won’t be spending Christmas in a shelter. The Golden Retriever was rescued in March by a dog walker after hiding whenever someone approached to help her. She had scabies and was severely undernourished.
She had probably been exploited by a “backyard breeder”, that is, someone who breeds dogs without paying much attention to the choice of breed or other ethical implications. Her owners are believed to have abandoned her in order not to pay for the vet fee – necessary for such a large litter to be born – believing that otherwise she would not have survived the birth.
The walker had taken Amber (who is 4) to Blue Cross, a pet charity that rushed her into a veterinary clinic. The Golden Retriever was too stressed and weak to feed her eight puppies; without the assistance of 25 Blue Cross staff and volunteers, the dogs would not have made it.
In the following months the puppies got better and better and they all found accommodation. Just Amber remained. Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Griffith (Elly and Adam) had sadly lost Henry, the Golden Retriever playmate of their two children and Stanley, their other dog.
The Griffiths then turned to Blue Cross and when they went to meet Amber it was love at first sight. “It’s amazing how calm, sweet and trusting in humans she is after everything she’s been through. Our kids love her,” says Elly, concluding: “This Christmas we really want to spoil her.” After all she’s been through and risked, Amber definitely deserves a little snuggle under the tree.