Mount Eliza’s Treyvaud family were at a loss after their border collie Cooper and maltese shih tzu Lucy left this mortal coil. The house was devoid of paws pitter-pattering on the floor and tails wagging when they walked through the door. Sarah and Joel, along with their children Atticus, Alice and Solomon, just didn’t feel right. That’s when Sarah jumped online to search for a rescue dog.
Sarah laughs: “I pushed to call Scruffy ‘Audrey’ but it didn’t quite stick. We were so sad to lose our old dogs. My husband and I bought them when we first moved in together and they were there on our wedding day. It was hard enough not seeing family and friends when the social distancing and gathering rules began. The house without a dog was surprisingly more than we could bear. We found Scruffy on The Lost Dogs Home website. She wasn’t in great shape when she first arrived there. She badly needed a groom, had to have lots of teeth removed and wasn’t de-sexed or microchipped, but The Lost Dogs Home organised it all.
“It only took one night to find her. We made the appointment the next morning and drove up to North Melbourne in the afternoon. The kids were so excited. All five of us were able to go because it was classed as an essential service. We had to wait in the car until our appointment due to COVID-19 restrictions and then had to sit still in the yard as she checked us out. We knew we wanted her as soon as we met.”
Sarah always thought she wouldn’t be able to bond with a dog unless she’d had it since it was a puppy. She was wrong. Scruffy is her constant companion and at night this adored pooch is usually snuggling on one of the kids’ beds. Sarah concludes: “I think I love her more because she needed us and we needed her. She’s a great stress reliever and has melted our hearts.”
You can still adopt an animal by appointment during Stage 4 restrictions, so jump online or pick up the phone and know this: if you’re feeling lonely, so’s someone else. Why not be lonely together?