Blondie the saluki at Battersea Old Windsor

Rescuing Blondie, My Saluki Sidekick

I was going through one of the hardest points in my life, although I couldn’t be more grateful for it now. I had just had quite the invasive surgery on my shoulder, and I was instructed to stay in bed for weeks of recovery – every time I got up would risk making the surgery a failure.

Needless to say, I was miserable after day one, and losing the will to live by the end of the first week.

I had lost my dogs a few years earlier which left a hole in my heart, so I spent this time doing what every dog lover without a dog does, scoured the internet looking at dogs with no intention of actually getting one. That is until I checked Battersea’s website and saw Blondie, a 1.5-year-old Saluki mix, and it was love at first sight.

As soon as I was able, I went down to Battersea Old Windsor to meet Blondie, my arm still in a sling, and she was as beautiful as her photos, although they conveniently didn’t mention how crazy she was!

I had only ever owned a border collie and a westie, so I was caught off guard as she showed off her best zoomies in a room no bigger than a small office.

They asked me if I was feeling brave enough to walk her to which the answer was a hell yes, and she won me over even more by doing a somersault into the only patch of wet mud on site 😂

blondie saluki walk at battersea old windsor

She was perfect! She didn’t know it at the time, but she had just found her forever home. I wanted to take her home that day, but she came in as a stray and had some health issues which needed to be cleared by their vet before they could let me take her.

I took her home with me just a week later, right before the UK went into its first covid lockdown, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Then of course I had to get used to living with a sighthound.

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1 comment

Brought your harness . Just like to give some feedback. Thank you it’s works perfect , top quality and great to know it’s helped some sight hound dogs. Just a bit about my Joe Joe , he is also a rescue dog ,he was brought over from Ireland where he was abused,then during COVID a lady adopted him only to return him a year later to say he’d bit her. So I adopted him because he needed love 2.5 years ago and he’s perfect makes me smile every day. Sorry talk about Joe Joe all day. Thank you for your harness. Well worth the money.

Louise Steadman

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