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Gus Wobbled In And Stole Our Hearts..

And it didn't take much...just one look into those eyes and we were smitten with our gorgeous boy Mr Wonky Head, an affectionate nickname for a boy we already love so very deeply.
Gus had a long and painful journey to us and endured beatings, starvation and lord knows what else but he is finally home, tucked tightly into the heart of the sanctuary and starting to love his life.

Gus and Joy

Since arriving Gus has grown in strength and character and is showing his big puppy side, he is so playful and loves lolloping around the play area on his wonky legs and generally hanging out being a daft pup. His favourite thing is watching his dinner being prepared and who can blame him after being hungry for so long. He has a mix of puppy and adult food as he is still underweight and will have missed out on his puppy nutrients.


He is entranced by his new world and into absolutely everything, adores cuddles and fuss and loves female company. Here he is using Sandra, one of our lovely volunteers as temporary seating. An amazing lad with a massive heart, definitely one of the biggest pups we have met and a real joy to have at the sanctuary.

Gus & Sandra

The past few weeks have been a revelation for him, he has been playing and starting to talk and communicate, in fact he chatters non-stop and bounces on his front feet like Tigga when excited *smiles*. He is so happy and is so excited to see Joy in the mornings....he's a total heart melter and even more so when you see him running about on his gangly legs.


His injuries as you will have seen from our initial blog were extensive and his brain function has sadly been affected. He is slow to process things and is a bit uncoordinated but that just makes him extra special and even more lovable. He is very afraid of men and would react given the chance so it's all girls for Gus whilst he adjusts and heals and we will work on his fears early next year, there is no rush and we just want to let him be for now....in his happy place of routine and safety.

Gus & Joy

So that's our Gus, he has settled in well, has the heart and courage of a lion, the playfulness of a young pup, a cracking sense of humour and day by day he shows himself...his NEW self more and more. Welcome home Gus xxx

Oh and he wanted to send HUGE thanks and kisses to all those who have DONATED to his care, SPONSORED him and sent food from our WISHLIST. He never knew love before but he sure does now! x

Read Gus' Story Of Rescue: Where Angels Tread

Love Does Conquer All
Where Angels Tread...Saving Gus...

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