Pawed friend returned to owner

2018-07-05 06:00
Janine Fleurs had almost given up hope of ever seeing her pup, Mimsy again, until a chance article caught her attention. She was reunited with her on Thursday last week. She is pictured with Adoptions Centre Manager, Christine Leonard.      PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Janine Fleurs had almost given up hope of ever seeing her pup, Mimsy again, until a chance article caught her attention. She was reunited with her on Thursday last week. She is pictured with Adoptions Centre Manager, Christine Leonard. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The moment their eyes met, she broke down in tears and fell to the ground to embrace her beloved pup.

There was not a dry eye in the room and you could hear a pin drop as the first few embraces and kisses were exchanged.

Janine Fleurs from Strandfontein and her dog, Mimsy, got a fairytale ending when after almost giving up hope of ever seeing her again, a chance call for the pup’s owners caught the attention of a relative.

Mimsy had gone missing earlier this year and was taken to the Philippi Animal Welfare Society in May.

“She was brought in as a stray after being found by a man in Bayview. We suspected she had a fractured pelvis because of the way she walked and did an x-ray where we discovered she had kidney stones,” says Allan Perrins, spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Society.

She has had three major operations, with each one having staff doubting she would make it.

Adoptions Centre manager Christine Leonard bonded with Mimsy and says her recovery was miraculous.

“She has had an operation to remove kidney stones and two operations on her knees. Knee problems are common problem in Yorkies and most of them live with it, but her knees were really bad,” says Leonard.

“We do not usually operate on strays unless it is life-threatening. We operated but were not sure she would make it.”

Mimsy is still in the process of recovering and will need special food for the rest of her life to help prevent the reoccurrence of the kidney stones.

Mimsy was returned to her owner on Thursday last week.

“I looked for you everywhere. Where were you? I thought they killed you, Mimsy. I missed you. I looked all over for you,” Fleurs told Mimsy in their tight embrace.

She had responded to the call, knowing immediately that it was Mimsy. A few questions later, the staff at the Animal Welfare Society were confident that Audrey Hepburn, as they had named her was, Fleurs’ dog Mimsy.

The phone call was recorded and played back to Mimsy, who immediately reacted at the sound of Fleurs’ voice and with that, plans were set to have them reunited.

“I became sick looking for her. I don’t have any children and she is my baby. She has been with us for almost 11 years. She was given to us shortly after my mother died,” says Fleurs.

“This feisty little dog with a peculiar walk crept into our hearts. I am over-joyed that our efforts have not been in vain.”

The moment their eyes met, she broke down in tears and fell to the ground to embrace her beloved pup.

There was not a dry eye in the room and you could hear a pin drop as the first few embraces and kisses were exchanged.

Janine Fleurs from Strandfontein and her dog, Mimsy, got a fairytale ending when after almost giving up hope of ever seeing her again, a chance call for the pup’s owners caught the attention of a relative.

Mimsy had gone missing earlier this year and was taken to the Philippi Animal Welfare Society in May.

“She was brought in as a stray after being found by a man in Bayview. We suspected she had a fractured pelvis because of the way she walked and did an x-ray where we discovered she had kidney stones,” says Allan Perrins, spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Society.

Adoptions Centre manager Christine Leonard bonded with Mimsy and says her recovery was miraculous. “She has had an operation to remove kidney stones and two operations on her knees. Knee problems are common problem in Yorkies and most of them live with it, but her knees were really bad. We do not usually operate on strays unless it is life-threatening. We operated but were not sure she would make it.”

Mimsy is still in the process of recovering and will need special food for the rest of her life to help prevent the reoccurrence of the kidney stones.

Pet food company Hills have, however, come on board to sponsor food for the pup, says senior Animal Welfare assistant Jaque le Roux. “She will need special food that breaks down the proteins in food so that the kidney stones do not return. The food is very expensive, costing around R1000 per 8kg bag,” says Le Roux.

Mimsy was returned to her owner on Thursday last week.

“I looked for you everywhere. Where were you? I thought they killed you, Mimsy. I missed you. I looked all over for you,” Fleurs told Mimsy in their tight embrace.

She had responded to the call, knowing immediately that it was Mimsy. A few questions later, the staff at the Animal Welfare Society were confident that Audrey Hepburn, as they had named her was, Fleurs’ dog Mimsy.

The phone call was recorded and played back to Mimsy, who immediately reacted at the sound of Fleurs’ voice and with that, plans were set to have them reunited.

“I became sick looking for her. I don’t have any children and she is my baby. She has been with us for almost 11 years. She was given to us shortly after my mother died,” says Fleurs.

She had prayed day and night for God to send her back to them, and before receiving the information, she had a vision of a dog in a pink jacket.

The 10-year-old Yorkie had crept into the hearts of all the staff at the centre.

“This feisty little dog with a peculiar walk crept into our hearts. I am over-joyed that our efforts have not been in vain and so proud to have been instrumental in reuniting this special couple. This is a fairytale ending and I am thankful to everyone who helped ensure such a wonderful outcome,” says Perrins. “Saying goodbye to her is bittersweet as we all adored her. She will be missed but never forgotten.”

She has now also been micro-chipped to ensure she does not go missing again.

The moment their eyes met, she broke down in tears and fell to the ground to embrace her beloved pup.

There was not a dry eye in the room and you could hear a pin drop as the first few embraces and kisses were exchanged.

Janine Fleurs from Strandfontein and her dog, Mimsy, got a fairytale ending when after almost giving up hope of ever seeing her again, a chance call for the pup’s owners caught the attention of a relative.

Mimsy had gone missing earlier this year and was taken to the Philippi Animal Welfare Society in May.

“She was brought in as a stray after being found by a man in Bayview. We suspected she had a fractured pelvis because of the way she walked and did an x-ray where we discovered she had kidney stones,” says Allan Perrins, spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Society.

She has had three major operations, with each one having staff doubting she would make it.

Adoptions Centre manager Christine Leonard bonded with Mimsy and says her recovery was miraculous.

“She has had an operation to remove kidney stones and two operations on her knees. Knee problems are common problem in Yorkies and most of them live with it, but her knees were really bad,” says Leonard.

“We do not usually operate on strays unless it is life-threatening. We operated but were not sure she would make it.”

Mimsy is still in the process of recovering and will need special food for the rest of her life to help prevent the reoccurrence of the kidney stones.

Pet food company Hills have, however, come on board to sponsor food for the pup, says senior Animal Welfare assistant Jaque le Roux.

“She will need special food that breaks down the proteins in food so that the kidney stones do not return. The food is very expensive, costing around R1000 per 8kg bag,” says Le Roux.

Mimsy was returned to her owner on Thursday last week.

“I looked for you everywhere. Where were you? I thought they killed you, Mimsy. I missed you. I looked all over for you,” Fleurs told Mimsy in their tight embrace.

She had responded to the call, knowing immediately that it was Mimsy. A few questions later, the staff at the Animal Welfare Society were confident that Audrey Hepburn, as they had named her was, Fleurs’ dog Mimsy.

The phone call was recorded and played back to Mimsy, who immediately reacted at the sound of Fleurs’ voice and with that, plans were set to have them reunited.

“I became sick looking for her. I don’t have any children and she is my baby. She has been with us for almost 11 years. She was given to us shortly after my mother died,” says Fleurs.

She had prayed day and night for God to send her back to them, and before receiving the information, she had a vision of a dog in a pink jacket.

The 10-year-old Yorkie had crept into the hearts of all the staff at the centre.

“This feisty little dog with a peculiar walk crept into our hearts. I am over-joyed that our efforts have not been in vain and so proud to have been instrumental in reuniting this special couple. This is a fairytale ending and I am thankful to everyone who helped ensure such a wonderful outcome,” says Perrins. “Saying goodbye to her is bittersweet as we all adored her. She will be missed but never forgotten.”

She has now also been micro-chipped to ensure she does not go missing again.

Perrins further thanked the donors, staff and good Samaritan who stopped to pick her up, saying he hoped his act of kindness would be an example to others.

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