Having been neglected for some time, Bea was understandably petrified of human contact when she first arrived at the dogs’ home. Although a new stable on sledges had been kindly donated for Bea, she was too frightened to go inside. The staff and volunteers watched in dismay as poor little Bea spent over a month outside in the harsh winter, frozen and drenched. There seemed to be no way of getting near her to help.
However in January 2016 the staff and volunteers noticed a change in her behaviour - was she slowly beginning to trust humans? Her confidence gradually grew as every day her carers would sit quietly with Bea in her field, keeping her company and bringing carrots and apples for her to snack on. Over the next month, Bea also started to use her stable in the bad weather and no longer ran away from the staff, as long as they were at a safe distance.
In February, after a painstaking 45 minutes, Bea’s carers managed to coax her into her stable and close the door. Over the next few months, brave little Bea began to realise that not all humans are bad. Some of Bea’s carers were able to approach her and attach a head collar so they could take her for a walk - an activity which she very much enjoys! By April, Bea was very happy to see her carers and would whinny with excitement when she saw one of them!
Bea is required to self-fund through donations of money or items, for example her stable has been donated to her by a volunteer. Bea was also in poor physical condition when she arrived at Cheshire Dogs Home. In April 2016 the vet started her yearly vaccination and worming programmes, she also sees her farrier every eight weeks and has her teeth done every six months.
During 2016 Bea was also diagnosed with Cushings disease, which will add further expense to her upkeep. She will need to be given medication for the rest of her life to ensure that her dopamine levels are maintained.
The dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Cheshire Dogs’ Home will provide Bea with all the love and affection she needs to help build her once fragile confidence and make this little pony’s life a happy one! However, support through donations is vital to ensure Bea receives all the veterinary care and everything else she needs. A yearly sponsorship will contribute to farrier and dental costs and veterinary bills. To find out more please contact Cheshire Dogs’ Home on 0844 504 1212 or visit their website www.dogshome.net. You can also download the sponsorship form below: