Heartwarming Story of Romanian Rescue Animal Bodhi Highlights National Dog Adoption Day

Owning a dog can have a major effect on a person’s mental health, according to a study released on National Dog Adoption Day.

The study, conducted by natural pet food specialist Natures Menu, revealed the positive difference with 43% of pet owners saying the companionship provided by their dog was the reason they maintained a positive attitude during the Covid-19 pandemic.

One such person was Elaine, owner of three struggling, elderly Shih Tzus. Earlier this year, Elaine decided to get her fourth dog – a rescue dog named Bodhi – acquired from a charity caring for Romanian stray dogs who were about to be put down. It took several days to transport Bodhi across Europe for life in his new adopted home and it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

As she mourned the death of her other dog Barney and cared for two older, sick dogs, Bonnie and Millie, Elaine began to realize that dealing with an undomesticated stray dog ​​from another country was a pretty overwhelming challenge.

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But Elaine is so happy to have put in the time and effort to help Bodhi escape the dreadful conditions of his youth and adapt to his new surroundings.

She added: “Something clicked inside me. I was starting to get it. I wanted to stand up for him to the end of the world, free from hate and pain after sitting on a bus for almost a week to get there. here.

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She said: “Bodhi was incredibly difficult to deal with when we were providing end of life care to my elderly Shih Tzu Barney. For some reason, I just couldn’t accept Bodhi, and as awful as that sounds, I would go so far as to say I didn’t like him.

However, Elaine realized that if she abandoned Bodhi, he could never recover from his troubled childhood.

She added: “Something clicked inside me. I knew his favorite foods and habits because I was beginning to understand him. I wanted to defend him to the end of the world. I wanted him to find the nirvana that gave him his name, free from hate and pain after sitting on that bus for almost a week to get here.

Elaine now volunteers with the charity that saved Bodhi – Pawprints to Freedom – helping other wanderers like him around the world find new, loving homes.

Natures Menu and the charity encourage pet owners everywhere to support National Dog Adoption Day on October 25. It aims to promote the fantastic benefits of adoption from one of the UK’s many animal sanctuaries as well as promoting the concept and benefits of taking an animal from a re-homing organisation.

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