was taken from a letter sent to Collie Rescue telling the terrible
story of this dog poor dog Amos and is told in his words
(was he able to speak)
Dear Mrs. Clark,
I would like to apply to become an honorary member of Rough Collie Rescue.
I would give as my reference my guardian Angel Sally Scally Wag
and the National Canine Defence League who arranged for me to become a
member of the Durham Family.
My recent past has been far from happy up to three years ago I had an
elderly master with who I went everywhere he became ill and told me that
if he should die his will said I would be put to sleep. He had made a will
saying his dogs should be put to sleep when he died but my doggy companion
died before our master.
His last words to me were I am going to join your doggy companion and in a
few days you will join us. Well fate was to decree otherwise. His lady
friend decided she could not have me put to sleep but that she did not want me
the house. So she chained me up in a barn with a cow, my
weak and my arthritis began to cause pain after three years I was unable to
stand and spent much of my time wishing someone
would give me an injection so
could rejoin my master.
Then one day some stranger came they were from a cat rescue and were
trapping the feral cats (my only other companions) when one of them said
"Oh my god just look at the state of that dog." Well it was all very cloak and
dagger, I was transported first to a small rescue centre and then I was
signed over to the National Canine Defence League at Roden.
My ribs showed and I weighed just 16 Kilos I was put in with the elderly
Next my Guardian Angel started her mission. Sally had passed away at the
end of June and when she realised the earthly medicines she had not
been taken to Roden, she saw the chance to play a part in her new role as
an angel in her humans lives. They said they would let NCDL
have an old
settee when they had room, so Mum kept contact with them. Then one day Kerrie
guardian at NCDL said now come on Roy
(I have since been renamed) perk up
and try to give a good impression, some Rough Collie addict is coming to
see you. Well they Arrived and
I really did not feel well enough to impress
them, but a quick family conference between Mum, Dad and my sister Susanna
brought the conclusion that the poor old man, as they called me, should be
a chance, if I got on with the cats.
Next day they had to be vetted and I went along just to check out that I
got on with cats. It was arranged that I should take up permanent residence
11th of September 2001, a day that was to momentous worldwide. Indeed when Mum
and Susanna arrived to collect me I was in the office
at Roden watching the
terrorist attack on television. My age is 12 or 13 (not quite sure my memory
and because of this I am a foster dog
and the NCDL pay my vets bills.
Vets do give me the shivers because I was so weak, I nearly got away
without being given the chop which is normal NCDL policy for all dogs. However I needed dental work so they ended up giving me the snip at
the same time. My stitches were taken out when I first met my new vets.
Since then I have visited them weekly to be weighed and now weigh
22 Kilos. Also last week I started a four week course of injections for my
I have found that in my new home I have inherited many things from my
Guardian Angel Sally, these include leads, dishes some comfy rugs, a coat
which thankfully is a nice unisex green tartan, it was a present to Sally
from Father Christmas. Like her I wear it when it rains and will Mum tells
me I have to put it on when the weather is cold. I have also inherited a toy
box with all sorts of different fluffy and squeaky toys. Mum & Dad are
trying to teach me what to do with these but please Guardian Angel Sally help
I do not understand.
In final support of my application I enclose some pictures of me scanned
from photographs. You will see my coat has been cut short, as it was a
matted mess covered in cow clap. When it has fully regrown I will send
some proper prints
Hoping my application will meet with your favourable approval
Amos Curly Tail Durham
And his Guardian Angel Sally Scally wag Tail Du
Ted and Lassie
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