If a man's best friend is his dog, then I'm four times blessed. I didn't set out to have a dog pack, but that's how it's turned out ... and as for the 2 inside cats, 1 outside cat, with one pending.... just don't go there!
Each have joined the family in a variety of circumstances, but all were following their near death experiences. As each one arrived and wrapped themselves gratefully around their first meal chez Skelton, we avowed each time that they were absolutely the last four-legged additions the family would be getting .... till next time ;)
Teddy we rescued as a tiny traumatised puppy from the centre of a main road 8 years ago. We suspect unbelievably, she'd been dumped from a car. Choo Choo was found in almost similar circustances a few months later; Sally was found senseless on the motorway, after being hit by a car, and Daisy was dumped by hunters on the mountain where we live.... I won't describe or publish photos of the thick metal collar she was wearing when found, nor her festering flesh protruding through the gaps in the tight links, it's too sickening. Suffice to say these horror stories have happy endings, their lives have been transformed for the better and so have ours.