February 8, 2012

Lily and Maddison captured the hearts of dog lovers around the world.

Last fall, dog lovers around the world were captivated by the story of Lily the blind Great Dane and her companion Maddison. Lily became blind after doctors removed her eyes when she developed a condition called entropion and Maddison became her eyes to the world.

The dogs were turned over to Dogs Trust Shrewsbury in the UK when their owner couldn’t care for them. Their photo made the rounds on Facebook, until a family in Crewe, Cheshire, UK offered a home to both of these gentle giants.

And they lived happily ever after … well, eventually.

A reader alerted me to a BCC story from last November that said that Lily had been returned to Dogs Trust while Maddison remained in her new home. Oh no! So I contacted Dogs Trust for the whole story and they shared this update:

“Initially, Lily and Maddison found a home together, but there were some problems settling in. Both girls were returned to the centre to work with our behaviour specialists, and after extensive efforts it was decided that for their own safety and future happiness it would be better to rehome them separately. The family that had wanted to take them both was still very keen to be involved, and it was decided that the home would be best suited to Maddison.

Lily remained at the centre for just a few weeks longer and has now settled into her own home where she loves her walks and toys.”

Lily and Maddison were such great companions in their first home, but it’s not unusual for things to change when the circumstances change. Dogs aren’t robots; sometimes they just decide they don’t want to live together any more and there’s nothing that will change their minds. (I have two dogs who were great pals for six months, and then decided they detest each other.)

And maybe, from a spiritual sense, Lily and Maddison are exactly where they’re supposed to be. Two lovely dogs are blessings to two loving families.


November 3, 2011

Lily and Maddison have found a loving forever home!

Don’t you just love stories with happy endings? I told you last week about Lily and Maddison, two Great Danes in the United Kingdom looking for forever homes. There was one small problem: Lily is blind, afterdoctors removed her eyes after she developed a condition called entropion. Maddison is her constant companion in life, making is possible for Lily to get around.

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, was faced with the challenge of not only placing two very large dogs but one with special needs. And they needed to find a new home together.

The Daily Mail reports that this story has a happy ending: the Williams family in Crewe, Cheshire, UK has given the pair of gentle Great Danes a new home.

The Dogs Trust received 2,000 responses to their plea for a home for Lily and Maddison. But Anne Williams, 52, a business manager for an insurance company, and her husband Len, 53, a retired fireman, were the perfect match. Anne tells the Daily Mail that they’ve always had two dogs and they live in the country. Lily and Maddison can also look forward to holidays in France and the Lake District.

You can read the entire story in the Daily Mail. And if Lily and Maddison touched your heart, why not visit your local animal shelter? There are lots of dogs and cats looking for forever homes!

October 27, 2011

Lily and Maddison are two Great Danes whose photos are making the rounds on Facebook. (This photo courtesy of the Dog Trust Shrewsbury press release.)

If you’re on Facebook, chances are you’ve seen the lovely photo making the rounds of two Great Danes, one blind and the other leading her by a leash. It’s a sweet photo but I did a little digging and found that the story is also bittersweet.

Lily(5) and Maddison (6) are Great Danes who were brought to the Dog Trust Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England, in July because their owner couldn’t care for them. When Lily was 18 months old, doctors removed her eyes after she developed a condition called entropion, which means that her eye lashes grew into her eyeballs and severely damaged them. The operation was her only option.

The two dogs have grown up together, with Maddison taking on the job of helping Lily manage in the world. And while there have been some inquiries from people looking to adopt, so far they’ve only been for one dog. As Louise Campbell manager of Dogs Trust Shrewsbury explains in a press release: (more…)

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