The time has gone so fast! We were all anxious about Happy flying so far and starting a new life but we needn't have worried. His adopter Sandra sent us these words for his 1 year anniversary:
" <3 MR HAPPY CHANG-WHITE <3
So 1 year ago to the day I was waiting on the arrival of my foster dog for 'Blind Dog Rescue UK', coming all the way from CHINA and going by the name of 'HAPPY'. At midnight a van pulled up outside in the dark and handed me a crate. I recall getting my first glimpse of a tiny little dog, sat on a pile of wet newspaper. shaking like a leaf. I placed his crate on the kitchen floor, opened the door and waited for him to come out. After a few minutes he poked his head out and before I knew it he had sat himself on my lap. We had our first cuddle right there on the kitchen floor. And there our journey began! It's hard to believe it's been a year. It's not all been plain sailing; we've had our ups and downs but he's making amazing progress. He gets on great with the other dogs & especially seems sweet on Minnie. Unfortunately she's not so keen on him grabbing her by her double chin, but she puts up with it. He still seems reluctant to do his business in the garden, despite being happy to spend most of his time out there when the weather is good. I am still having to walk him on his own as he becomes too distracted when another dog is with us. He is easily spooked when on his walk and seems aware of every little noise. Although he has a heart murmur he seems in good health, this is somewhat surprising as he is still reluctant to drink. He loves being groomed and enjoys his nightly brush up before bed, but isn't too keen on having a bath. He has the sweetest nature and brings much joy to our lives ... which is why we adopted him on Valentines Day!
He now goes by the name of Mr Happy Chang White ... a true English gent!"
Happy's foster mom gave him a massive present on Valentine's Day....she told him that he could live with her forever because Happy is.....
a foster failure!!
We are so 'happy' that Happy's foster mom will adopt him! He has settled in with her routine and with his new furry family (Marley is pictured with him).
Thanks to everyone for donating and sharing his flight fundraiser, Blind Dog Rescue UK for agreeing to take him and to Sandra, Happy's forever mom! ♥
Happy had a dental and had to have some teeth taken out. Following the procedure he was settling in further with Sandra until her mother came to visit and Happy thought he should bark at her all week......
Happy has been having more walks on the leash which is great for him because he has never been walking on a leash before. He also had a brave moment when he jumped up on to Sandra;s sofa! What a brave. clever boy!
He seems to be doing really well at settling in but he will still go to an adopter in time. We hope he will find someone who he can spend the rest of his life with, enjoying cuddles and lovely walks and experiences..
How cute does he look, all curled up and baring his everything? .....
Sandra mostly home cooks for her dogs, like Du does, so Happy has been trying couscous, pasta, quinoa, sweet potatoes, different veg and the rice that he is already familiar with and they have all been popular with him. It's nice to know that he is getting a varied diet.
Happy has other dogs for company at Sandra's and he is gradually getting used to them. He is in the garden with Roxy below.
Happy has also had his first proper walk in England.
Sandra took Happy to see her vet who told her that Happy has a heart murmur, common in dogs. Happy will also be having a dental examination on his next visit. For now, Sandra's lap is still his place of safety.
When our founder left Shuang Shuang In Chengdu with one of the pet transport representatives, she asked them to keep Shuang Shuang's Chinese coat with him and ensure to send it to England with him. They did just that and the coat made it's way to Sandra's home with Shuang Shuang. It's been very cold in England since Shuang Shuang arrived. He is not used to such cold temperatures so it was heart warming for us all to see him in his Chinese coat! He looks so proud to be Chinese in the photo but now he has dual nationality and he is also English! Thank you Sandra for putting his Chinese coat on him. It will keep him warm and cosy this Winter ❤
Happy is getting more confident in his new surroundings although Sandra will be calling him Shuang Shuang (his Chinese name)to get his attention. He responds better to that. He has been wearing his thunder shirt to make him feel more secure. He loves to explore the garden and knows where the door back in to the house is. Look at his tail wag! ♥
Sandra's lap is a place of warmth and comfort for Shuang Shuang. He feels safe there but he has been growling at Sandra's other dogs when he is on her lap. Sandra says it is more of a fear growl than an aggressive growl but we don't want him to be clingy and not get on with the other dogs and we also don't want the other dogs to start getting jealous of him so Sandra is going to start the introductions to each dog slowly so that everyone knows who the other is. He has always been around other dogs at the shelter but they were the ones he grew up with although when new rescues were introduced he did a lot of sniffing then ignored them so we hope everyone will be ok.
Happy is starting to make himself at home at Sandra's. He had a nice, peaceful second night in his warm crate.
The crate is a familiar place to him so Sandra is letting him use that as his bed for now.
When Sandra took this photo, she said she had no idea how he got up there but he couldn't get down.
Happy is starting to show his cheeky side already! He is a little character and will bring many smiles to Sandra ❤
He even found time in the night to start 'excavating the kitchen'.......!! Oh dear.......
In between his escapades, Happy has been eating, drinking, sleeping and going peeing and pooping normally so everything is ok. He has been exploring more of the garden even though the weather has been very cold where he is now. He has also been having cuddles and sleeping on Sandra's lap. Perfect! He is starting to settle in ❤
Happy didn't arrive at his foster mom Sandra's until after midnight last night and he was understandably scared. Apart from the long journey to get to England, there were also new smells, sounds, voices, language and also the smells and sounds of Sandra's other dogs for him to get used to.
Sandra cleaned his flight crate and put some warm blankets in there so he slept comfortably.
Today, he has been in the garden enjoying cuddles to help him settle in and relax. Sandra is going to take the introductions to her other dogs slowly once Happy is more settled. In the shelter, Happy had known no other dogs except the ones he lived with so it is all new to him.
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Thanks go to everyone involved for giving Happy a chance at a forever home.
After half a day of flying from Beijing to London and a long wait at Heathrow Airport while clearance was done, Happy was eventually released. Steve, a driver for Blind Dog Rescue UK collected him and is on his way to deliver Happy to Sandra, his fosterer. Happy is a little scared says Steve but he is ok and he now lives in England!
Today is the day that Happy will leave China forever. While Wang Yan, at the pet transport company in Beijing, was making sure all the paperwork was ready, her colleague took Happy out for a last walk. He enjoyed the warm Chinese sun on his body for the last time unaware of the new life ahead of him.
After Happy's walk, Wang Yan's colleagues and airline representatives made last minute preparations including making sure the flight crate met IATA (International Air Transport Association)'s requirements for Happy's comfort during the flight to London.
When everything was ready, Happy's crate was fastened and his personal belongings taped to the top of the crate. These included some food for when he is released from the crate in London and his little red and gold Chinese jacket. While Beijing was warm, London is getting colder now so Du hopes that Sandra, Happy's fosterer, will put him in his coat while he adjusts to the outside temperature and throughout winter.
With Happy safe and secure and ready to be loaded on to the plane, the bitter sweet feelings came to us all because we can't explain to Happy what is happening. We know his days will be filled with love and lots of exciting new things when he reaches England and no doubt he will get to meet some of the members of Blind Dog Rescue UK without whom he would have had no chance of being adopted in China so big thanks go to you BDRUK! Thank you for giving Happy a second chance.
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