Posted 48d ago
By Chloe Bowen
Romanian rescue dog Monty was hours away from being shot when Jeanette Miller and her husband Tim agreed to save him from death.
The couple, from Yatton in Somerset, had been thinking of getting another dog when they made the snap decision to adopt Monty. They realised he was in a kill shelter in Romania, hours away from death unless somebody came to collect him.
Jeanette said: “If nobody collects them, they line them up and shoot them. The problem is they’re street dogs or they’ve been abandoned, so nobody is going to come and collect them.”
Monty was rescued through Caroline’s Caring Across the Continent and it took him four days to arrive in the UK.
“When he arrived, I was handed the paperwork and I set up a crate for him. He ran straight in and didn’t move for 24 hours, he was so frightened,” Jeanette said.
Two years on, Monty is thriving and slowly gaining back his trust in humans. With the help of Hannah Hunt, who runs her own dog walking, animal care and pet sitting business in Claverham, Bristol, Monty allowed them both to pet him. The video captures the moment and you can even see Monty giving a little tail wag.
Monty on the left in the Romanian kill shelter (Image: Jeanette Miller)
Hannah said: “I’ve known Monty for just over six months now. At the start we couldn’t get anywhere near him, you couldn’t touch him. If you put your hand out he would freak out and run backwards. If you put food down you had to walk away for him to eat it.
“I thought I’d bring some dogs round for a playdate and he got on brilliantly with every dog. My dogs trust me and we thought maybe that would reflect on him trusting the dog which trusts me.
“When I was finally able to touch him my heart melted. Monty looks so happy in the video as well, he’s calm and his tail wags. It’s amazing!
“I wish people could see the dog that was due to be killed and treated like vermin, to how he is now and how much he’s progressed.”
Jeanette also had an animal behaviourist who said Monty has amazing etiquette with other dogs.
Jeanette said: “Monty likes other dogs, and that’s because he’s a street dog, he understands them,” she said. “We have made massive strides and he is the most adoring boy. He will come up now, if I tap my nose and say ‘kiss kiss’ he’ll come and put his nose right on me and look me in the eyes. What he doesn’t like is hands. But at long last we’ve built a bond.”
When Monty first arrived, he managed to escape from the garden. But with help from Lost Dog Recovery, who specialise in recapturing lost dogs, he soon made his way back home within hours of running away. He followed a trail of food and the smell of his blankets right back to the house where the family were relieved he was safe.
You can’t put a collar on him just yet but Jeanette has hope that one day they will get there and go on their first walk together.
Monty playing with a dog friend called Bagel (Image: Hannah Hunt)
Jeanette said: “Hannah has been amazing with him and the ideas she used to help him. I call her the dog whisperer because dogs just seem to gravitate towards her.
“I can’t get over the change. ‘Never give up hope’ is what I’d say to people. My friend recently got a puppy from Romania and he has slotted into the family brilliantly.
“Their life is so hard over there and Monty is an extreme case. It takes a lot of time and patience. Not that he understands a word I say but I told him he’d never be hurt, he’d never be hungry or cold again with me.”