Merlins owner had bought him at 6 weeks of age and beaten him repeatedly until he was taken away at 14 weeks. He then spent two weeks in an RSPCA animal hospital before comming into foster with me while the RSPCA gaherd evidance to prossicute his owners at the age of 16 weeks. Merlin had been living with his sister up until he was taken away. Two days before the RSPCA got to him his sister had been killed infront of merlin. She had had an impact to her skull causing her to fit and then die.
Through the first few months merlin struggled with everything. He was scared of normal house hold objects and to this day sill runns form cored and rope when its being picked up. I started taking him to training casses to boost his confidence and they worked really well. He was able to meet new people in a safe enviroment and he started to come on leaps and bounds.
In March 2008 Merlin had his first hip replacement. It was complex surgery and the first of its kind as merlins leg had grown deformed due to the impact of the beatings crushing his bones. He has a new hip in his left leg along with a metal plate, alot of wire, screws and cement.
It took six months of intensive physiotherapy and hydrotheraphy before merlin was up and moving again. He hated the physiotherapy and used to scream, howl and bite in a bid to get away from us. It was hot work, but the more we did with him the more he got used to it and now when we go to physio he just lays there and has a nap.
Luckly merlin has always loved the water, so hydrotherapy was great fun for him!
On June the 22nd 2009 merlin turned 1 year old. He was now up and active, loving his life and was turning out to be a wonderfull dog. He still had many behavioural issues but he was making great progress with them. He was getting better at letting new people approach him, would tollerate dogs near him and found out that he loves puppies to bits! He still has a hate of children. We dont know why and it is something I am working on with him. He was still on some pain relief for his legs, but was making vast improvements.
Through the summer months merlin spent days at the beach, laying out in the garden and having walks in the countryside. He started aggility classes and was brilliant at them. He loved every minuet and was starting to have the life he deserved.
In september we moved into a new house with a friend of mine. Now it was me, my friend, merlin and poppy the lab. Merlin loves poppy and would follower her anywhere...even over the garden wall and into the fields!! Suddenly my very placed husky had a mind of his own and was acting like a real dog. He would play chase for hours and really enjoyed living in the
Over the next two months we made two more additions to the house and then had a full pack. Rosie the rottiand summer the greyhound came to join us and merlin loved every minuet! He is completley in love with Rosie to the extent she can take his food and toys, somthing no other dog and only myself are able to do
Within a few weeks merlin started to pick up again. He was recovering much quicker this time round and although his foot wasnt working completely correctly he was learning to use it. Through january and febuary he came on leaps and bounds. He started walking about again and was able to go back with the girls mid febuarry, which of course he loved
For now he is in no pain and has a good quality of life. His owners have now been sucessfully prossicuted and is in prisson for the next 6 months. The true horrers of merlins life were revealed in whitness statements. Merlin had been tied up and beaten outside with anything that came to hand. Poles, tree branches, ropes had all been used to beat him repetadly. He had also been kicked and punched when ever he got in the way or was "missbehaving". This poor dog went through so much and surrvived it all.
I have decided to keep merlin, there is no way i could give him up after all we have been through. he still has problems with children and some men scare him, however he is in a much better frame of mind that he was when he came to me and im sure he will continue to make progress