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Sunday September 2nd 2018


Isis’s gotcha day is August 27th 2014.

Below is a photo of her taken when she arrived at Aeza cat and dog rescue in Aljezur, Portugal, in June 2014.




She had been found wandering down the main road of a village, trailing rope and chain behind her. The man who found her was unable to take her to Aeza himself so tied her up outside an old church and rang Aeza.

Volunteer Isabel picked her up and took her to the rescue.

She was safe.

By the time I saw her, of course, she was considerably cleaner, better fed and less waif-like than in the photo. Goodness knows what her weight was when she was found, as she was still only just nine kilos when she was first weighed here. Up to fifteen kilos is her ideal weight.

Below is a copy of the post I wrote about her gotcha day.


Isis Cometh

Isis comes today. Gulp.

The courier phones. Isis will be the last dog delivered. She’ll be here this evening.

Keeping busy.

Might she trip over this?

Could she fall into that?

Might this stick into her?

She’ll be here in a few hours

Last few garden hazards dealt with.

She’ll be here in 30 minutes.

I feel sick with anticipation. I am sick with anticipation – several times.

I see (the) Europet van park opposite the house. I stagger across the road with Isis’s new blue spotty collar.

Isis is carried across the road by one of the gentle couriers. The other one hands me a passport and vaccination papers.

Isis is here.

She looks terrified. Stupidly, I pick her up and place her next to me  on the futon. She begins to tremble violently. I carry her into the garden.

She explores the garden until the light is almost gone. Then she falls asleep.

I carry her into the kitchen.




Isis, if I had known then what I know now, Kerry might have received a very strangely shaped and very angry parcel at Aeza Rescue a few days later!




I jest, of course.




Isis. Taken today.




The naughty little creature is much loved.


Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact kerry@aeza.org or  www.dogwatchuk.co.uk




Sunday September 2nd 2018

Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact kerry@aeza.org or  www.dogwatchuk.co.uk




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  1. Jane says:

    Wonderful story xx


  2. Isabel Terra da Motta says:

    Hi just a correction…it was me, Isabel who rescued Isis and took her to our shelter. Love to read all of your posts and thank you again for all your love for Isis.


  3. Beverly Dakin says:

    You have done a great job Pat you should be proud. Despite your own ill health you have persevered.You’re patience and tenacity and determination are amazing.
    We are off today but I
    I promise to get you both to the park on my return.


  4. Amber Lipari says:

    I remember reading the original post – my, how time flies! In that first picture, it looks as though the hair around her eyes had been trimmed – was she found that way, I wonder? What a lucky dog Isis is – look at how gorgeous she is now!!


    • Yes, you’re right, it does. I think her hair must have been trimmed before she got to Aeza as I think the photo would have been taken soon after she arrived and then the chains etc. removed. I wonder if she’d prefer her hair around her eyes trimmed.
      She is lovely all soft and squishy – at least when she’s been brushed!


  5. Kerry Gross says:

    The day you told me you would adopt Isis, I cried. She really does cause a rollercoaster of emotions doesn’t she?


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