Hanoi, Hanoi -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/24/2013 -- When teacher Elise Dixon came to do voluntary work in Cambodia she was expecting to fall in love, but she did. She worked as a teacher and stayed in a hostel, it was in the hostel that she met the object of her affections. A mongrel dog that she called Snooky, was suffering badly from canine mange and was estimated to be only two weeks from death. Elise just had to do something. She an an animal sanctuary in Phnom Penh and they cared for him.
Elise then had to return to her native Felixstowe on the east coast of England. However, she simply couldn’t get Snooky out of her mind. She new she had to do something. She sold her jewellery and raise the £3000 needed for a return flight to Cambodia to see if she could bring the dog back to England.
She took the trip back and was certain that the dog would not remember her. But he did, as soon as he saw her, his tail was wagging and he was jumping around excitedly. Now a lot stronger after being cared for he looked a different animal but he still knew who she was. Elise was delighted, “I was certain he wouldn’t know who I was but he was so happy to see me, wagging his tail. I was bawling my eyeballs out.”
When she found him he was in a dreadful state, chained up to a fence with a chain that was cutting into his neck. He was emaciated and had a distended stomach.
She managed to sort out the paperwork and they were soon back on their way to England to start their new life together. Snooky is now a picture of health. I was hard to imagine, seeing him romping around Elise’s garden, that he was in fact so close to death. Elise had formed a strong bond with the dog from the first moment she laid eyes on him and it appears that the feelings run both ways.
She knew she couldn’t just leave him behind, saying, “It’s a different culture over there – they don’t have dogs as pets like we do” Scared that he might find his way into the food chain, as many dogs do, she simply felt compelled to act. This one act of kindness from a stranger from another land, has almost certainly saved the dog’s life. Now they appear like any other dog and owner, when they go for a walk, nobody would guess the milage that both travelled to be where they are now.
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