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They say laughter is the best medicine, but we believe dogs are!

When Mella Pickford, lost her beloved Jack Russell cross, Murphy, the house felt so quiet without the pitter-patter of four paws. Her husband, David, 85, was poorly and getting another dog wasn’t top of their agenda as his health declined. In April 2020, David sadly passed away, leaving Mella heartbroken and their house feeling even emptier.

But it wasn’t long before a very special dog came into her life to lift her spirits and keep her company.

They say laughter is the best medicine, but we believe dogs are!

Mella’s granddaughter, Grace Rose-Gale, oversees the rescue department at St Giles and knew exactly the kind of pooch that would help her grandma through such a tough time.
When Darla – a 10 to 12-year-old Lurcher – came in, Grace instantly thought of her grandma.

Mella had only ever had small Jack Russells before and Darla was much bigger and taller than the breed she was used to, but her sweet nature and calm personality meant she was the perfect match.

Darla has certainly made herself at home – curling up on the sofa beside Mella and pottering around the village on walks

Within a couple of weeks of arriving at the rescue centre, being assessed and having her medical, Darla was on her way to Ugborough, Devon, to her new home.

With her silver fur, warm eyes and gentle temperament, Darla was an instant hit and the pair quickly took to each other.

Darla has certainly made herself at home – curling up on the sofa beside Mella and pottering around the village on walks. She is now Mella’s little shadow – following her around the house and refusing to leave her side.

Written by Harriet

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