Roxy’s tale has happy ending

Katie and Louise Hendry with Roxie.'For more details see press release from Scottish SPCA'Pic Peter Devlin
Katie and Louise Hendry with Roxie.'For more details see press release from Scottish SPCA'Pic Peter Devlin

A diabetic dog in Scottish SPCA care has been rehomed to a Deeside family with twin daughters who have the same condition.

Staff at Scotland’s animal welfare charity struggled to find the Staffordshire bull terrier, who requires daily insulin, the special owners who could give her the care she needs.

That was until Catherine and Graham Hendry, of Ballater, spotted a newspaper appeal about Roxy and decided to visit her at the charity’s rescue and rehoming centre at Drumoak.

Catherine said: “We originally saw an appeal for Roxy in our local paper about six weeks ago but our staffy, Buzz, had recently passed away and we felt it was too soon.

“Then we saw another appeal a few weeks later and thought it must be fate. We decided to go and see her that day and just fell in love with her.

“The fact that Roxy is diabetic didn’t put us off at all. If anythin,g it made us want her even more, as our eight-year-old twin daughters, Louise and Katie, both have type one diabetes.

“We brought her home at the weekend and she’s already part of the family. Roxy and the twins take their injections together every morning and our son, Ross, just adores her. “We’re all so glad to have the lovely Roxy in our lives and think more people should give Staffies a chance. They’re absolutely fantastic dogs and it’s a shame a lot of people can’t see that.”

Staff at Drumoak, where Roxy had been since July, are delighted she has found such a great new home.

Centre Assistant Manager Debbie Innes said: “Roxy is an absolutely lovely dog but it was difficult to find owners who would rehome a diabetic dog, particularly a staffy.

“We’re all so happy she’s found the perfect family to take care of her and we’ll certainly miss her here at the centre.”