Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Heart Warming - Feel Good!
The staff at the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury in Roden, England, knew dogs Lily and Maddison were special – they just couldn't understand why potential adopters didn't see it.
"People just kept on walking past their kennel, not interested," "Some people were put off because of the fact that Lily doesn't have any eyes – it's a bit shocking to look at."
When the Daily Mail featured the heart-warming tale of the two great danes, who were looking for a new home, more than 2,000 dog lovers responded by offering to take them.
Now Lily and Maddison are moving from the Dogs Trust centre in Shrewsbury to live with the Williams family 35 miles away in Crewe, Cheshire.
Lily, six, was barely a puppy when she was struck down by a condition that caused her eyelashes to grow into her eyeballs, damaging them beyond repair.
Thankfully her friend Maddison, seven, became her new eyes and led her everywhere. The two have become inseparable and Lily follows Maddison, almost touching her as they walk so she knows where to go.
But in July their owner could no longer cope with them and they were sent to the re-homing center.
Forever friends: Lily, left, being guided while walking with Maddison right. The pair have been inseparable since Lily lost her sight
Anne Williams and her husband Len a retired fireman, fell in love with the dogs when they read about them in the Mail and their offer was accepted by the trust.
Mrs Williams said: ‘We've always had two dogs together, I like them to have company and so taking on two of them wasn't a daunting prospect.
Playful: Lily's lack of sight has heightened her other senses so she can often tell if Maddison is nearby without the pair touching
‘We live in the countryside and I miss having a reason to go for a walk - I can't wait to take the dogs out with us. We've also got a lovely big garden so it's the perfect setting for two huge dogs.’
The couple plan to take the great danes on holidays to France and the Lake District and ensure they both enjoy life with their new family.
Louise Campbell, manager of the Dogs Trust in Shrewsbury, said: ‘This is the happy ending we were all hoping for and everyone is delighted for Lily and Maddison.
‘The Williams family were the perfect match and we know they'll give the dogs all the love and fuss they so deserve.’
Doesn't this WARM your heart?