Rehoming case study - Quaver
Quaver - from guide dog in training to pet and ambassador for Guide Dogs
Quaver was withdrawn from early training following diagnosis of aortic stenosis (a disease of the heart valves) and associated heart murmur. She was just 15 months when she was diagnosed but due to these conditions was not suitable to continue in training as a guide dog or in any other assistance dog role. I rehomed her as a companion to my elderly spaniel, to whom she was devoted and frequently provided a barrier between her and other more lively dogs that would have knocked her over.
She is now in her later years and at 11 is providing company to yet another spaniel, again showing excellent patience. In the 10 years that she has been with me she has been an ambassador and frequently a show stopper for children, and the elderly to whom she aims for with a smiling face and will stay all day to be stroked.
Owning Quaver is a pleasure, taking on a dog with a health issue in my case has been no more expensive than owning any dog, and I would happily do so again. Quaver doesn’t know she has a bad heart and it certainly hasn’t stopped her enjoying life to the full.