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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Pebbles has a happy ending

After the sad news about Cookie, it’s time for a happier ending... and this brings us to the remarkable story of Pebbles. 

Visitors to Woodland Nook may remember Pebbles holding court on top of the cupboard to the right of the shelter entrance. She occasionally went outside to sit on the porch roof but rarely ventured far. Any attempts to stroke Pebbles would result in a stripey hand as Pebbles had been badly abused in the past and had no trust in human beings. 

She was not exactly going to be top choice for any potential adopters. But then along came Marina, who took Pebbles to her forever home in May and, with lots of time and patience, has gradually begun to earn her trust. 

Marina says: “She lived on top of our wardrobe for three weeks but we slowly moved her bed to a lower cupboard. She actually sleeps on our bed now and likes being cuddled up to someone.

“She has her playful moments, one of photos is her playing while I’m changing the bedding. We do get to stroke her and she loves it but after a while, she hits her limit; sometimes walks away, sometimes attacks hands but it seems more playful and not much effort.

“She does like to cuddle up next to me and I stroke her while reading in bed, which is lovely. She’s very vocal at times, especially if she wants to get into my son’s room. She has moody times but we’re used to that and give her space.

“Pebs sometimes comes downstairs (when she’s in the mood) and likes to sit on a high kitchen cupboard and watch everyone.

“I think she’s doing well. Everything is very slow as she lacks confidence but, with each win, it grows.
We knew it wouldn”t happen over night for her, and trust has to be earned. We love her and she is so worth the wait.”

Thanks for the update, Marina – I do like a happy ending!

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