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Bromsgrove centre finds new home for dog allergic to grass
5:00pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
A DOG which is allergic to grass has found a new home with the help of a Bromsgrove animal adoption centre.
Four-year-old lurcher Bliss was brought to the Blue Cross centre, in Catshill, in January, from an animal hoarder’s house in Ireland.
Bliss was suffering with sore, inflamed skin on her nose and hardly any fur on her paws, after coming into contact with grass at her previous home.
Staff at the Catshill centre were concerned when Bliss was brought in as they had previously looked after a dog with the same allergy, and struggled to find him a new owner.
As it turned out Bliss’ loving nature meant people took an interest in her, and, after receiving the necessary veterinary treatment for her condition at the centre, she was taken on by Sue Rothwell from Kidderminster.
Sue’s garden is paved, and she is planning to buy Bliss specially-made booties for when her fur grows back.
“I'd like Bliss to be able to run around on the grass with the other dogs when we go for a walk," Sue said.
“She is absolutely fantastic - if I didn’t know better I’d think she’d been living here her whole life.”
For more details or to make a donation to the centre’s work, see bluecross.org.uk or follow the Blue Cross on Facebook.
• The centre is also warning potential pet owners to think carefully before taking on puppies, after a sharp rise in the number of animals being handed to the Blue Cross due to their size.
Three times more dogs have been handed into the centre because of their size in recent years, but the most common reason for giving up pets still remains lack of time.
Among the breeds given up are German shepherds, rottweilers, labradors, and surprisingly, a great Dane - one of the world’s largest breeds.
Mandy Jones, Blue Cross' head of rehoming, said: "The larger breeds we are taking in because of their size shows how important it is do your research.
“Owning a pet is special and a joy but things can easily go wrong if you don’t know what you are getting into."