Nell

Nell in her Christmas jumper, she might not have good eyesight but it hasn’t stopped her perfecting the head tilt (Thanks to Julia Loftus for the photo)

Nell in her Christmas jumper, she might not have good eyesight but it hasn’t stopped her perfecting the head tilt (Thanks to Julia Loftus for the photo)

Nell arrived at the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre having lived her entire life in a puppy farm. As an ex-breeding dog her life was all about producing puppies for the lucrative UK puppy trade. Her individual needs would have been given no attention, and her only worth was the puppies she could produce.

Years of neglect took their toll on Nell and she arrived with obvious signs of this, including cataracts. She also had a fear of humans and the kindness of people was something alien to her.

But with time and patience and the accumulated experience of the DBARC team, Nell gradually began to settle and shake off some of the worst terrors that she’d first displayed. Steady, consistent and kind routines helped her to understand that her new life was good.

During the time she spent at DBARC, Nell won everyone’s heart with her sweet nature and characteristic head tilt. She even got to meet World Rugby Cup Winner and Schnauzerfest supporter Maggie Alphonsi MBE!

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When she was thought well enough and trusting enough to undergo surgery, Nell went off to the Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre and had successful cataract surgery. For a dog who had lived a miserable existence, with no love or care at all, to be able to restore her vision, to take away one of the many challenges she faces on her journey towards being a normal, regular dog, is a gift made possible by every donation to Schnauzerfest.