There’s been good news for a little dog whose owner died in a house fire at North Lakes last month. Thanks to the efforts of Northshore Pet Resort’s owner Kylie Mackay, Angel has found a new home with Bevin and Betty Smith at Burpengary, who are already showering him with love.
Kylie says it has been a perfect match and Bevin and Betty are the right owners for an older dog needing some TLC. Angel is almost 12 years old.
“They are really genuine,” she says.
Angel was one of several pets inside a home at North Lakes, when the devastating fire happened in early April.
Angel was rescued and taken to North Lakes Vet Hospital, where he and the other animals remained for a couple of days after the fire.
Northshore Pet Resort then took Angel and one of the other dogs in, offering temporary accommodation.
“Whilst one dog was adopted quickly by a family friend, Angel was still in need of a home and Northshore provided his next of kin with free accommodation over the following weeks while searching to find a suitable family for his adoption,” Kylie explains.
“Betty and Bevin’s daughter reached out to me on the local community page, when she read my update about the pets in our care, to ask about suitability for her parents because they had recently lost their last dog and missed the company.
“I invited them over to the resort on the Anzac Day public holiday to meet him and have a cup of tea and chat.
“They were happy to give an older dog a home, and told me that they were keeping his name as ‘Angel’ as Betty believes he is a gift from heaven. They have said that after everything he has been through, he deserves undevoted attention in a loving home for the rest of his days.”
Making himself at home
When Moreton Daily checked on Angel, he had settled in to his new home since his arrival on April 29, and was most at home sleeping on Bevin’s lap.
“He’s training us,” Betty says with a smile.
Betty says he’s friendly, calm and quiet and has been resting a lot since his arrival.
“We’d like everybody to see he’s really settled,” she says.
“For him, we want to give him a good life for the rest of his life. Our aim is to make up for lost time and make his final years as happy and content as they can be.”
Bevin says they watched Kylie walk Angel around her yard before they met him properly.
“I thought he was fairly sedate in the yard with her. How can you not take him home and give him a good life?” he says.
And a good life it is … Angel was sound asleep, on a blanket on Bevin’s lap, by the end of our visit. Bevin remained seated to let him sleep, while Betty saw us out.
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