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We always knew that a dog would be a perfect addition to our family but the circumstances were never right. As my daughter reached six and my son three it finally felt like the time was right (fuelled by both my children’s desire to have a four legged companion and my dream to have a Dalmatian). Hence, I contacted the Dalmatian Welfare to ask to be considered to adopt a Dalmatian and then constantly watched the ‘dogs waiting’ section of the Welfare website and waited with much excitement for the call offering us a dog.

The call came and we thank our lucky stars every day for Buddy, he is such a handsome dog and so well natured. He has settled down as part of our family very quickly and soon learnt that it was best to have a lie-in while I tackled the morning chaos and the school run. He is very calm around the house and loves lying in his bed with his head resting on the edge watching the family go about their business. Then in the evening he has a large cushion in the lounge at our feet that he starts the evening all curled up on and then by the end of the evening is usually outstretched and falling off!

He is wonderful with the children and merely groans (not growls) when my three year son insists on climbing in his bed beside him for a cuddle (despite being told repeatedly that Buddy’s bed is his space!). We all love taking him on walks and we get great enjoyment from seeing him run freely and interact with all breeds of dogs from Jack Russells to Hungarian Vislas, from Cocker Spaniels to Labradoodles! He has made a lot of friends and is very popular with dogs and owners alike. Buddy is a valued member of our family now and dearly loved by us all.

Buddy had to be re-homed due to the previous owner’s health. The family were devasted to have to say good-bye to Buddy and now we understand why. We would like to thank them for nurturing such a wonderful dog. We do provide the family with regular updates, which I understand are a comfort to them.

Finally may I thank everyone at Dalmatian Welfare for all their hard work and dedication, and particularly for finding the perfect addition to our family. Thank you.

Angela Clarkin

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