A whole new world

Who knew that the love for a dog could be so immense, a bond so strong you could take on mountains together and conquer the world (we all know that’s already happened)

After growing up with dogs I always knew they weren’t just a dog, they are family but when Deru arrived it was a love like no other; a kind of protection I guess towards him but who can blame me after the ordeals he went through before he arrived here with us. Thinking back now to those early days, how after every walk I would come back feeling heartbroken. I would literally spend the majority of our walks telling myself to ‘get a grip’ and stop being so emotional. Deru would be standing one minute, then next in a heap on the floor or toppling backwards down some stairs (an image that will haunt me forever) because he had such little limb awareness so constantly losing his footing. I can’t explain how it made me feel witnessing this every day, the pain, the anger towards the ones who did this to him, how could they?! How can someone hurt such a beautiful creature.

Those feelings however soon subsided and were replaced with awe, inspiration and love. None of this seemed to phase Deru, he would be back on his feet in a flash and made every attempt at keeping up with his brothers. The constant strength and determination this boy has shown over these past few months since being here with us has never ceased to amaze me. We have tested him with so much…physiotherapy, daily challenges – some as simple as balancing on his wobble cushion right through to weekly hydrotherapy, he gave it his all every time. I do genuinely believe that if this had of happened to any other dog, they wouldn’t of survived, strong statement I know but if you’ve had the privilege of meeting Deru, I’m sure you’ll agree.

It’s a moment that will stick with me forever, vivid and clear.. as though it happened only yesterday; the time when we first saw the online post about Deru from when he was first rescued. My heart sank and I burst into tears (the guys in the hand car wash must of thought I was a mad woman) The sadness in his eyes, the pity that came over me, he was skin and bone. This was it, this was THAT moment when you realise you have to do something, you can’t just sit back hoping and praying that he pulls through, you actually need to do something about this.

Six months later, just two weeks before our wedding he arrived. The drive down to the collection point was never ending, the feeling of sickness, the nerves were tearing me apart, had we made the right decision, can we actually help this poor soul and nurse him back to health. The wait was agonizing. The van pulled up, out came all the other rescue dogs and there he was….a malnourished and nervous Deru. We got him out onto the grass and that gorgeous little bottom of his started wagging, along with his entire body, he had such swag but he knew it. I believe he knew from that moment on he was safe, forever in our arms, safe from harm and surrounded by all the love we could give him. It took a while for it to sink in; seeing him right there in front of me, scars and all. The harsh reality of his injuries hit home. None of that mattered now though, through the floods of tears as the emotion was too much we said our goodbyes to the volunteers and made a start on our journey home… Deru’s journey home to a new, better life.

Who’d of thought from then until now we would overcome so much together, help each other through the tough times and develop an unbreakable bond.

This is just the beginning…..

Lara & Deru x


11 thoughts on “A BOND LIKE NO OTHER”

  1. Hi guys the story you are sharing is a inspiring one. I like many others have followed Deru from those early days and like all dog lover’s felt the sadness and anger of how anyone could be so cruel. Thankful for all the people who have got involved to make this special boy’s journey a trueley special one. To you for taking on the challenge of one who needed love and dedication to give life a chance. The journey you are on and sharing is amazing.

    1. Ah thank you Ian, its been a pleasure to share his story with so many & we know that you are an avid follower for sure!! We’ll hopefully get to meet sometime & then you can see Deru for yourself šŸ™‚

  2. i wish I could have made it to the meet Deru day. I follow with such interest in his wellbeing. Your strength and love that you have for him is amazing. Loved reading his blog, well done Lara x

    1. It was a huge success Carol so I will definitely be organising more dates in the future so keep your eyes peeled šŸ˜‰ xx

  3. He is a true miracle. You are a wonderful person. I have a special place in my heart for dogs with spinal injuries. My first Vizsla died of cancer in her spine. I knew that she would not recover but I learned a lot about caring for a handicapped dog and gave her the best last months I could. It is truly amazing what vets and rehab vets can do. These days to help dog’s with spinal injuries or even degenerative diseases of the spine.

    1. Ah I’m sorry to hear of your loss Terri, its never a nice thing to go through šŸ™ On the plus side like you say the things that can be done in this day and age for our fur babies now is amazing and I know for a fact Deru wouldn’t be here without the latest technology!! X

  4. It’s been wonderful to follow Deru’s progress, all dogs are special but Deru touched so many hearts with his story. Its great to know how well he’s doing now. Hopefully one day we’ll get to meet him, you’re all an inspiration.

    1. It never ceases to amaze me just how many people have heard of his story, its brilliant really šŸ™‚ Keep your eyes peeled as I will be announcing some more Vizz Whizz dates in the future so fingers crossed you will get to meet him šŸ˜€ x

  5. Lovely blog darling!!! He is a very lucky dog to have you, Chris and his brothers!! It is insane what a little love, trust and lot of hard work can do!
    I love your guys tales and how they keep you on your toes! He will treasure his life with you all forever and there is no love like that of a dog’s love !!
    Good work on the blog, love it !!!! xx

    1. Awww thank you šŸ™‚ it really is isn’t it! We love your hounds too & following their daily adventures, such a shame we’re so far apart, a walkies date between the 5 of them would be awesome!! Xx

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