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February 23. 2014 7:27PM

Needs a home

Chichester rescue seeks home for dog saved from kill shelter


Dolly, a 4-year-old German shorthaired pointer mix being cared for at Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, is in need of a lifelong home. (COURTESY)

CHICHESTER — Life hasn’t been so kind to Dolly the dog, but some of her new friends in New Hampshire are holding out hope that a permanent home will be found for the pretty, young mother.

The 4-year-old German shorthaired pointer mix arrived at Live and Let Live Farm, a nonprofit rescue organization in Chichester, last year.

Organization founder Teresa Paradis said volunteers brought Dolly to the Granite State after her previous owner brought the starved and pregnant canine to a kill-shelter in the South.

All of the puppies have since been placed into loving homes, but Dolly hasn’t been so lucky.

“It’s always easy to place the puppies, but it’s tough for the mothers,” Paradis said. “And Dolly has a lot of challenges.”

An examination by Suncook veterinarian Fiona Reeves revealed the young dog had most likely been hit by a car at some point in her life, and had been housed in a kennel that was too small for her to move around properly.

“She’s had some muscle atrophy as the result and needs an active family to walk her daily and help build up those muscles again,” Paradis said.

For several months, Dolly lived with a volunteer foster family, but was returned to the Chichester shelter after her foster dad’s health issues meant he was no longer able to care for the canine.During that time, Dolly got loose on several occasions and the gentle, brown-eyed pooch quickly befriended one of her foster dad’s neighbors, Brian Morin.

It was love at first sight, Morin said.

“She’d get off her leash and come straight to my door,” the Chichester resident said. “She just melted my heart.”

While Morin said he wished Dolly could come live with him forever, that isn’t possible due to a family member’s allergies.

But he’s made it his mission to share Dolly’s story and visits her at the shelter almost every day.

“She just wants to be your best friend,” Morin said. “She’s an active dog, but she loves to morph into a lap dog, leaning in for a snuggle.”

As shelter volunteers work to prepare Dolly for life’s next chapter, the pooch has also been spending lots of quality time with Motivated K9 dog trainer Joseph Castagno.

Castagno said Dolly would do best “in an active home with people committed to her training.” He noted that the best home would likely be one where Dolly would be the only pet since her past history has led her to be extremely protective of her food around other animals.

She is housebroken and has had zero accidents during her time at Live and Let Live, Paradis said.

For more information on Dolly or any of the other animals in need at Live and Let Live Farm, go to liveandletlivefarm.org or contact Paradis tehorse@aol.com.

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