Back in September, David’s mum was on holiday with us from Australia and we decided to take a scenic drive through the Serra da Lousã to visit some of the schist villages. We spotted a sign to what we thought was a lake, so headed down the track to investigate. What we found was more of a large muddy puddle, a picnic spot and an abandoned dog.
There was a family having a picnic with their toddler and their own puppy. Abandoned dog was on her best behaviour, staying well out of the way and ignoring the toddler and puppy who kept heading towards her. We realised that the rubbish that was strewn around the picnic site was probably a result of her trying to find food in the bins and she certainly wolfed down the scraps that the picnicking family gave her.
She was extremely thin and we couldn’t leave her there. It was a Sunday so we decided to take her home and think about finding her a home on Monday, because obviously we couldn’t keep her.
By Monday morning, it was clear that she was staying and we named her Lousã, after the area we found her in. We took her to the vet to get her checked over – although free of any major health issues and, surprisingly, fleas, she was extremely underweight, had some sort of mites on her skin that meant she had patchy fur and had open sores on her hips. She also had a chip which was a bit of a shock. Fortunately the chip wasn’t registered and it turned out that our vet knew the owner – she had been dumped along with a litter of puppies. The puppies had been caught and taken to the vet from where they were rehomed, but no-one had been able to catch the dog. The vet decided that she was better off with us.
She has settled in beautifully. She gets on well with Juta and Gil and knows her place – by far the biggest but the lowest ranking of the pack. She is smart, desperate to please and has two (reasonably) well behaved dogs to learn from so is picking up the dos and don’ts quickly. Physically she is a different dog – she has put on weight, the sores have healed and she got over the skin issues so her coat is thick and shiny now.
While we weren’t considering getting a third dog, and certainly not nearly 30kg of third dog, we don’t know what we would do with out her now. Life is better with more dogs.