Kimberleigh is set for Christmas with new family

2013-12-24 00:00

KIMBERLEY — Kimberleigh, the dog that was saved from the Big Hole and subsequently adopted by her rescuer and his family, is still not afraid of water.

The plucky little bitch will spend Christmas around the pool, swimming and sharing with her new dog family the gifts that came with her hard-won fame.

Warrant Officer John Seeley and his police rescue team, ER24 officials, fire fighters and De Beers staff saved Kimberleigh after she had spent almost a week swimming round and round in Kimberley’s Big Hole after a 160-metre long fall.

The famous dog has since been adopted by Seeley, his wife Brenda and his sons Brandon (18) and Tristan (15).

After her rescue made the headlines, Kimberleigh received a box of treats that she will share with the Seeleys’ three other dogs.

Brenda said Kimberleigh has adapted very well to her new life. The dog was sterilised as part of the SPCA’s normal adoption process, which took about two weeks after the previous owner donated her to the SPCA.

Brenda said Kimberleigh turned out to be a very playful dog who even tired out Kody, who used to be the most energetic dog in the pack.

The only signs of her long swim in the Big Hole are her claws, which are still blunt after the many hours she spent trying to claw up the sheer rock walls.

While very tired and hungry after the swim, she was in a good condition and quickly learned to pose for the cameras and wormed her way into the nation’s hearts. Recently Kimberleigh had also learned how easy it is to worm her way onto the Seeleys’ bed.

“I awoke one night and she was sleeping next to John, her head on the pillow. Up to that point she was well behaved on her pink blanket next to the bed, but now she has discovered the luxury of a mattress.”

The only thing Kimberleigh does not like is a ride in the car, as this normally means a visit to the vet.

“Shesurvived that enormous fall of 160 metres into the Big Hole. The photo of her so small and alone on the side of the Hole, where she frequently rested on a gravel heap, touched me deeply,” said Brenda.

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