Stray makes best ever pet

When Merlin first came in as a stray he was a bedraggled and sad little dog.  We cleaned him up, gave him lots of love and he soon settled down.   Why wasn’t he claimed?   We’ll never know because Merlin has the most super temperament and never put a paw wrong.

Just as Merlin was handed over to us, a lady enquired whether we had any small dogs in.   We told her about Merlin and she came over to see him.    For Mary and Merlin it was love at first sight.   Within minutes he was sitting on her knee and looking as though he’d always been her dog.

That was several years ago and Merlin has gone on to do great things – he has taken part in sponsored walks and is an old hand at competitions, winning many first prizes and championships.

A recent win has prompted Mary to write the following poem about her much loved ‘forever friend’ –


His eyes peeped out through a grey and white fringe.
They were black as night but shone like jet
They stared and stared unblinking
And then our eyes met.

It was the 8th day of his stay in kennels
No-one had claimed him, no-one cared
No-one to tell us his story in life
No-one could vouch for the breeds that he shared

I sat and waited as he gazed my way
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps he’d choose me
Then with the hint of a grin, lightly he sprang
Gently so gently up onto my knee

And then he just sat, he sighed and relaxed
I dared not move, stayed still as a log
But already I knew that at last I had found
My new pal, my boy, my ideal dog.

Thanks Mary for giving Merlin such a wonderful home and for  keeping in touch – our love and hugs to Merlin too.