Fiona's family have just aquired a second dog. Husband Ian
got chatting to the very persuasive people from Diana
Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre (DBARC) at our Open
Day and it was pretty much inevitable!
Watching the DBARC website (www.dbarc.org.uk),
Ian spotted an attractive little black and white mutt called
Jack, due to arrive at the centre in Hurst the following Friday.
We pitched up two hours before opening time on the Saturday
morning ( Ians fault for misreading the opening hours)
and took our ticket (second in the queue even then). We occupied
ourselves by helping staff to erect gazebo's for the puppy
runs to provide shade from the blazing sunshine.
At last, it was our turn to be shown the new arrivals, only
to find that Jack had gone down with kennel cough and was
In his place had come Teddy, a 6 month old Collie X. He came
creeping shyly up to us in that classic Collie herding gait,
and more or less crawled into Fiona's lap as she crouched
down to meet him - and that was that really!
He and our Jack Russell, Pickle, were introduced in an enclosed
paddock. She immediately asserted her authority, he submitted
meekly and they trotted around sniffing and wagging together.
We said "he's ours", rushed home to re-inforce
the garden fencing and brought him home the next morning.