Thirsk Blue Cross Rescue Dog Transforms Its Owner’s Life

A WOMAN with MS has revealed how her rescue dog transformed her life, describing how the canine companion learned to warn her when a muscle attack is near.

Seven-year-old Greyhound ‘Blue’ has been relocated from Blue Cross to Thirsk after being accepted as a retired racing dog.

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She was soon spotted by Amy Johnson from Leeds who was looking for a dog after her therapist recommended ownership.

Amy has multiple sclerosis (MS) and was struggling with her mental health and depression.

She said: “It got to the point where I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’

“And I just needed something to stand on every day.

“I needed a dog who, when I’m on my bad days, would be okay with a short walk.”

Thirsk’s rescue dog Blue is happy in his new home Photo: Blue Cross

Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds can sleep for up to 18 hours a day and are happy with two 20-minute walks a day, so Amy knew that if she wasn’t feeling her best, she could always take Bleu for walks. regular. .

As well as transforming Amy’s sanity, the ex-Runner Blue has miraculously learned to sense when her owner is about to have an MS “attack” and her muscles fail her.

Before Amy even knows it herself, Blue will sense an impending attack and begin to drive her home.

The echo of the North: Image: BLUE CROSSPhoto: BLUE CROSS

She also helps guide Amy when her optic neuritis gets worse and she has trouble seeing.

Danni Shirreffs, Blue Cross Center Manager in Thirsk, said: “When we heard about Blue’s new life and the support it gives to its owner, we were delighted.

“Amy and Bleu have formed such a close bond and when you consider that Bleu hasn’t lived much outside the kennels during her racing years, it’s wonderful to see how she’s adjusted and how the couple has become. inseparable.”

The Northern Echo: Thirsk rescue dog Blue pictured at the Blue Cross center Photo: Blue CrossRescue dog Thirsk Bleu pictured at the Blue Cross Center Photo: Blue Cross

Amy continued: “The first day I took her to the beach, and her feet touched that sand, the joy on her face was just amazing.

“And her smile…it literally brought tears to my eyes.

“She is my world, 100% my world.”

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Blue Cross.

Originally called “Our Dumb Friends League”, the charity was created to help vulnerable animals and their owners and today continues this work through repatriation, clinic, animal behavior, animal bereavement support and educational work.

Blue Cross relies on the support and donations of animal lovers to continue its vital work, tFor more information and to donate, visit the association’s website.

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