THERE ARE NO PUPPY FARMS IN HEAVEN – A TRIBUTE TO VIOLET

Posted: October 29, 2017 in Diary

A Tribute To Violet

Violet – also affectionately known as Piggy – was one of those dogs that just took your breath away. The biggest, most gentle giant who made an enormous impression on people because of who she was and what she had endured as a breeding dog in her previous, sad life.

When people think about puppy farm breeding dogs they often think of small, vulnerable breeds but Violet was every bit as vulnerable at the hands of those who saw her as a cash cow and neglected her magnificent body, spirit and soul in the most heart-breaking ways.

Violet was found wandering near a suspected puppy farm in 2014. She bore all the hallmarks of such a deprived existence – teeth worn down from biting on a cage, muscle wastage on her legs from being kept in a cramped environment, patches of fur missing. And a deep sadness in her eyes as a result of having been recently parted from her puppies.

Wood Green animal shelter took her in and the rest, as they say, is history. Only days later Violet was being showered with love and attention at the Wood Green stall at Pup Aid. She took it all in her calm, slow, steady stride – being fussed over by dog loving MPs and the paparazzi. And that’s when an amazing lady called Donna Law came into Violet’s life and they were to become inseparable companions and best friends.

Everyone who met Violet fell in love with her. It was impossible not to. But Violet knew who she wanted to be with for the rest of her days and that was Donna and her family.

Suddenly all the love and affection this gentle giant had never known before was hers and she loved every minute of it

Violet Collage

Then, sometime later Violet needed serious surgery and it was touch and go if she would recover. But this brave girl did and in 2015 she was the poster girl for Wood Green highlighting the plight of thousands of unwanted and abandoned pets.

Last year Donna adopted a puppy from Cyprus as a companion for Violet and it was obvious that she loved having her around to mother and look after.

At the beginning of this year Violet again needed more surgery but came through it with her usual calm bravery and determination.

Violet came to Pup Aid every year with Donna from 2014-2017 and Donna told her story in the ex- breeding dogs parade so that the public could understand what these dogs are forced to endure at the hands of people who are only interested in them as breeding machines.

In our hearts we all feared that this Pup Aid would be her last and a few weeks ago, after falling ill and an emergency visit to the vet, Donna and her family knew that the time had come to make that one last heart-breaking decision; That final act of love and respect for their beautiful, brave girl. Violet was helped on her way by their vet to the rainbow bridge.

For those who had the honour of knowing and loving Piggy we will always be grateful that we had the chance to have her in our lives – even for a moment. We send all our love to our friend Donna and her family and thank them for everything they did for her.

Our time with our beloved dogs is never long enough, but for those who have endured what should have been the best years of their lives at the hands of those who have no compassion for them at all, our time with these survivors is always far too short.

Rest peacefully darling girl. You are so very missed and will never be forgotten.

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