Hearts bled for Marc Buckner and Marisia van Wyk when their two beloved dogs died in January after being hit by a car in Sea Point, Cape Town.
But there’s a new fur baby in The Bachelor’s life now. The star of the hit M-Net reality show recently shared pics of a blue-eyed pup on Instagram – and thousands of fans who wept along with Marc and girlfriend Marisia are smiling again.
“Decided to take in this little rescue foster,” Marc writes. “There are so many beautiful beings out there that are in need of love and a home. She really has been a huge help with all of her love and cuddles.”
Since the post, Marc confirmed to YOU that the cute black-and-white pooch is now a permanent member of the household.
“I don’t know what kind of dog she is but she has the most beautiful blue eyes and pointy ears just like Luna had,” he tells us.
Marc and Marisia’s two dogs, Luna and Siobhan, were
hit by a car last month when they ran into the road next to the Sea Point
promenade. Both dogs died of their injuries on the way to the vet.
Marc says the newbie’s name is Lusi, as a tribute to Luna and Siobhan. “She’s about four-and-a-half months old,” he says.
“She’s helped a lot in the past few weeks. At first I was wary of adopting another dog,” he admits.
But when Marc saw the pooch at a local dog rescue centre, he opted to take her into foster care to start with.
“Shortly after [fostering her], I went to Durban to get away from it all for a while, so the owner of @Frits doggie daycare looked after her. She sent me pics of her every day until I was eventually persuaded to adopt her,” Marc says.
Though Lusi was shy and skittish at first, she’s much more at ease now and has started to show her true character.
“She’s growing so fast and she’s developing a new personality. She’s very calm at home and playful when I take her out,” Marc tells us.
“She is so beautiful, Marc. The bond has started,” one fan commented on his Instagram post. “She’s gorgeous and so lucky to have you,” another one wrote.
Marc is pro-adoption when it comes to pets.
“There are hundreds, thousands of dogs out there who need homes,” he says. “I’ve adopted about 10 dogs and I’ve never had a bad experience with their nature. I’ve also heard many stories of people paying thousands for pure-bred dogs, only to end up struggling with health problems.”
Since the tragedy, Marc has made a public plea to get a fence erected next to the promenade to prevent kids and dogs from running into the busy road.
“Many animals and children have been run down on beach
road and we all know that many drivers do not adhere to the speed limits. I
have been inundated with stories of this so if anyone has any idea how to help
and push for this then please send me an email [sic],” he wrote on Instagram,
next to a pic of him holding Luna and Siobhan.
“I’m still very serious about this,” Marc tells YOU.