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Rescue dog a beauty for anxious owner during lockdown crisis

Posted onPosted on 3rd Jun

A dog who no one wanted has found her forever home — and is repaying her new owner during the coronavirus crisis.
Beauty is helping Cheryl Taylor, of Sutton, cope with her autism and anxiety.

Cheryl adopted five-year-old Beauty from the RSPCA’s Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch in 2017.

Once she had identified Beauty, Cheryl visited to take her some toys and treats, and to spend some time with her.

She said: “I will never forget the day this amazing dog came into my life.

“Even though I fully understood the massive responsibilities of taking care of a dog, this did not phase me in the least.

“Beauty is more than just a dog to me; she is my best friend.”

Cheryl, who has autism spectrum condition, struggles with high levels of anxiety.

“Even though Beauty has received no formal assistance dog training, this is the role she plays in my life and she plays it superbly,” Cheryl added.

“She is a very sensitive dog who is able to pick up on how I am feeling with no encouragement.

“If I’m particularly upset she will immediately sit, and raise her paw. If I sit down with her, she will give me a hug, often by placing one or two paws on my shoulder and resting her head on me.

“Having Beauty around also gives me a good sense of personal security.

“She will bark and alert me if there is anyone outside or around.”

Lockdown has been particularly challenging for Cheryl — but Beauty has helped her continue with some sort of routine and normality.

She said: “This has been a difficult time but lockdown has been that little bit easier for me thanks to Beauty.

“She’s given me a valid reason to go out and spend time in nature; she loves the woods, the sounds of the birds and spotting squirrels. Her happiness and excitement never fails to rub off on me.

“Beauty is a constant that never changes.”

As well as routine and structure, Beauty has offered Cheryl companionship, support and affection.

“She provides me with judgement-free companionship as I lack the ability to form many kinds of social relationships with other people,” Cheryl said.

“She loves people; always wagging her tail and eager to greet people. Everyone we meet loves her.”

Cheryl added: “Beauty has a home with me for the rest of her life and is now a member of my family.

“Beauty changed my life forever, and I will be forever grateful to the RSPCA for bringing her into my life.”

Now the RSPCA is asking for donations to continue helping animals like Beauty through these unprecedented times — go to www.rspca.org.uk/covid to help.

To support the RSPCA’s Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch, people can make a donation at https://chesterfield-rspca.org.uk/makeadonation

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