Skeletal Dachshund Found In Remote Sri Lanka Now Living Life Of Luxury In UK
A daschund who was abandoned in a remote part of Sri Lanka is now living the dream after being rescued and given a life of luxury in the UK.
Dash was seven years old when he was found - he was skeletal and malnourished. Having been partially paralysed, he had no food or water and was days from death before a tourist found him and got in touch with a local animal shelter.
Kim Cooling, who runs Animal SOS Sri Lanka, was told about Dash's plight and co-ordinated his rescue from her home in London using just a screenshot of Google Maps to find him.
As she raced to find him, Dash's future became increasingly uncertain as he only had enough food and water to last a few days.
A tuk-tuk driver made the seven hour journey to find him and miraculously caught him and took him back to the shelter.
He was taught to walk again and was flown out to the UK with another rescue dog Ravi, who is two.
Kim's sister Julia Hammett took him under her wing, and now his live couldn't be more different.
Julia said: "He's such a sweet dog and couldn't be more deserving of a new life.
"He was so emaciated when Animal SOS rescued him, absolutely skeletal, but he has come on so much.
"He's a healthy 8.5kg now and completely unrecognisable.
"When Kim received the message, it was a race against time to save him as the tourist had only left him enough food for a day or two. That's why we named him 'Dash' - it was a mad dash to save him.
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"He's a great character. He loves destroying toys and he goes for lots of walks in the woods near my house.
"He might not be able to swim in the Indian Ocean here, but he can run around in our lovely garden instead."
The two rescue dogs quickly settled into their new lives, and now they spend their days enjoy lounging around in Julia's garden or going for walks in nearby woodlands with her son Eddie, 30.
She said: "No one could bear to split them up so I adopted the two of them.
"Dash is older than Ravi and he has become a bit of a father figure to him.
"He looks out for Ravi and lets us know if Ravi wants to come in from outside or needs anything.
"It's lovely that their friendship has endued even though they're in a completely different environment
"Dash was obviously once a pet but abandoned for some reason and he has flourished being in a home again.
"He was quite quiet when he first arrived but he has really come out of his shell and loves attention.
"There's nothing he likes more than going out on walks and exploring the woodlands.
"He's a big dog in a little body."
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