The Naturo Superdog Awards have seen hundreds and hundreds of nominations flood in for our nation’s most loved animals. From helping with mental health conditions, preventing life-threatening seizures, providing companionship through lockdown to simply being there for a cuddle when it’s needed most, these precious four-legged friends are true heroes. One such nomination is Prea, a gorgeous American Bull Terrier who suffered horrific injuries at the hands of her owners at the start of her life and inspired her new owner to make a life-changing decision out of love.
Sarah Kelly, Prea’s new owner explains: “My girl Prea was stabbed 7 times, used for breeding and then left to die. Fortunately, the police brought her into the surgery where I worked in London. I lived above the vets at the time and there were too many people around. To start with she was so frightened, she couldn’t bark.”
Sarah goes on to say that, after seeking help from an animal behaviourist, Prea’s best chance of living a happier life was to get her out of the city and into a more rural and relaxed location.
At the suggestion of her behaviourist, Sarah took Prea away for a week to her mum's house in Worthing so she could decompress. Once they were there, Prea slept for hours. After that Sarah says, "you could slowly see a relaxed dog emerging.” Finally, she started to see Prea’s true self appear and caught glimpses of the fun-loving soul that had been hidden for so long.
Seeing this transformation led Sarah to make a life-changing decision for the good of her newfound friend, and they have never looked back. “I decided with my boyfriend that we would move to Worthing where it’ isn't so built up."
Since then, Survivor SuperDog Prea has come on leaps and bounds and she is a much happier dog. She is naturally scared of strangers, but once she gets to know someone, she is so happy and trusting. She loves playing with other dogs. Sarah says they have now passed level 1 of a cooperative care course that slowly gets her used to being handled. "For example, she can now have her ears cleaned and her claws clipped without it being stressful.'
Sarah nominated Prea for a Naturo SuperDog Award because "she has taught me so much and I wouldn’t, and couldn’t be without her.”
If you know a dog with an inspiring story or you just want to show you furry best friend some love and acknowledgment for their support, nominate them for a Naturo Superdog Award. You can check out the seven different categories and read the heartwarming stories of the many nominees at www.superdogawards.co.uk
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