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Dixie and Jackson's Story

Christmas in our Kennels and Cattery

On 18 December someone walked through our doors with two beautiful, but terrified and underweight dogs called Dixie and Jackson. They were just two years old, and deemed to be litter mates, surrendered on the basis that they were struggling to get along with another pet in the home. They were both very wary of strangers, and we knew we would have to work closely with them to get them used to people and other dogs.

During their routine assessment from our vet, both dogs were given vaccinations, worming and parasite treatment. At this time, we also discovered that Dixie was around eight weeks pregnant. It was important to get both animals settled in and prepare for the arrival of their puppies.
Four weeks later, Dixie gave birth to five strong, healthy puppies.

Having a birth on site puts huge pressure on our resources, particularly at Christmas time, to look after the health of a new mum and raise so many puppies until they are ready to go on to new homes. Suddenly we had five more mouths to feed, five more sets of vaccinations, five more spaying and neutering surgeries to pay for, and most importantly, five more forever homes to find.

“As the puppies grew, they started to develop their own little personalities. So when it came to naming them, the Mr Men and Little Miss characters seemed perfect. They all definitely suited their names, although later on, Little Miss Shy got over her shyness and became more of a Little Miss Naughty!”Wendy Mullen, Kennel Manager

During their time with us, we spent each day preparing Dixie, Jackson and their puppies for their new lives. Once trust was established, their confidence with people and other dogs grew too.

After finding wonderful homes for the puppies, Dixie was spayed, and Jackson was neutered to prevent any future unwanted litters. And in August 2021, eight months after they were brought to us, both were successfully rehomed together.

“Jack and Victor (formerly Jackson and Dixie) are now part of our wee family and all of us are bursting with happiness, pride and love. Thank you Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, you’re changing lives with your work and not just the lives of cats and dogs” – Dixie and Jackson’s new owner

Support the Home

Thanks to your support, Dixie, Jackson, and their puppies won’t be alone this Christmas.

We will do whatever it takes to reach, rescue, reunite and rehome as many dogs and cats as we possibly can in 2022. With your help, this will be possible. If you can, please make a donation today and help to change more lives for the better.

Text the word JACKSON to 70450 to donate £10.
Please note, texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text JACKSONNOINFO to 70450.

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