Source: The Bristol Post
By Sophie Prideaux | Posted: March 24, 2015
JUST six weeks ago, blind golden retriever Alex was abandoned on a roadside in Ireland and was severely underweight.
But thanks to Lyn Chudleigh and a group of neighbours from Frampton Cotterell, the dog is well on its way back to health – and even has his own bank account.
Lyn, 65, has been fostering golden retrievers for more than five years, but until Alex came along, she had never been convinced to take on one of the dogs full time, as she already has two golden retrievers Rosie and Tia.
When Alex arrived in Frampton Cotterell, he weighed just 19 kilogrammes. But in the few short weeks that Alex was in her care, his health had dramatically improved, and he settled in to his surroundings so well that Lyn began to think it would be difficult to let him go.
“Taking on a dog is a big commitment,” explained Lyn. “I have been fostering them for around five years, and I look after them until they can find a forever home.
“When Alex came to me, he was the first blind dog I’d ever had. And when friends and neighbours saw how well he was doing with me, they said I couldn’t send him somewhere else as he had got used to his surroundings and was able to get around the house easily despite not being able to see.
“As much as I would have liked to have kept Alex, I just couldn’t commit to it financially. I am retired and just have my pension, and if Alex fell ill I just couldn’t afford the vets bills.”
“It’s strange to think really that just a few weeks ago Alex was in such a bad way, and now he has his own bank account and even a passport. It’s so lovely that my friends and neighbours have done this, they have really taken to Alex.
“I take him into a friend’s field so I can let him run around off the lead and it’s great. He absolutely loves it, his hearing makes up for his lack of eyesight. Just one whistle and he is right by my side.
“I’m just so grateful that my neighbours have done this for Alex. Golden retrievers are just the most gentle, loving dogs around and they give you so much love. Alex will hopefully now have a happy life after the rough start he had. And of course, if I never have to dip into his bank account, the money can go to helping other retrievers through Irish Retriever Rescue.”